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Clarke IG1000 1kW Inverter Generator


Machine Mart may not be the first place you'd think of for camping and caravanning equipment, but the Specialist Tools and Equipment supplier stocks a great range of petrol suitcase generators, perfect for campers and caravanners. We took a look at the Clarke IG1000 1kW Inverter Generator, a small but powerful, yet quiet generator, priced at 275.98 inc VAT Read on for more info, to find out what we thought, and get a chance to win one for yourself.

Clarke IG1000 Features:

  • 1000 Watts max (900 Watts rated) output at 230V AC
  • 12V, 5 Amp DC output for charging 12V batteries
  • 4 stroke petrol engine with 'Eco Throttle' engine system (keeps fuel consumption and noise to a minimum)
  • 2.7 litre fuel tank capacity
  • Noise level of 64db at 7 metres (1/4 load)
  • Cut out protection systems for circuit overload
  • Dimensions (DWH) 460x250x420mm

Review: The Clarke IG1000 in action - is it for you?


The Clarke IG1000 is ideal for providing a ready source of electrical power when, for example, out camping, caravanning, or enjoying a boat trip. We tested it whilst away in the campervan for the weekend in a friend's field, and it proved invaluable, keeping the leisure battery charged and in tiptop condition. It was also perfect for running a mains hairdryer for a vain teenager (don't ask!). It could also be used for a microwave, tv etc.

Our first impressions were very good. It's a very compact, stylish looking machine, and is surprisingly light, easily shifted from garage to car to ground with no effort whatsoever. Obviously we all read the manual whenever we get a new toy, and in this instance it's a must before using it. Having said that it's very simple to use, just check there is sufficient oil and petrol in the unit (there's a dipstick to make this easy), open the air vent and petrol valves, and off you go. It started easily with a smooth pull starting mechanism. There is a choke for when it's cold.

Clarke IG1000 in action

It ran smoothly and quietly (it has a noise level of 64db at 7 metres) and has a clever economy control switch. With this turned on the engine speed varies according to the load connected. This results in decreased fuel consumption and less noise. We found by placing it behind the campervan it was only really background noise whilst we were sitting outside our tent a few metres away, and indeed after a short while had screened it out, and did not really notice it. It was certainly easily livable for the few hours it was required (obviously you wouldn't want to run any generator at night on a campsite, always respect your neighbours!)

The generator can provide both 12v DC and 240v AC, meaning it can be used to charge your battery, and run mains equipment up to 1kw. Because it uses 'Pure Sine Wave Technology' it gives a controlled electrical output ensuring the delivery of stable power with no surging - vital when running sensitive electrical and electronic equipment - computers and laptops, for example. For battery charging a lead is supplied with standard crocodile clips, and this will boost your battery with a 5 amp output. Depending on the load you put on it, the generator will run for up to 8 hours on a single 2.7 litre tank.

Overall we are very impressed with this generator. At the price of 286.80 inc VAT, we feel it's a perfect compromise between very cheap but very noisy machines, and hugely expensive topend models. If you're considering a generator for your trips away, then we don't think you'd be disappointed with the Clarke IG1000!

Where can I get them from?

The Clarke IG1000 Inverter Generator is available from Machine Mart at 275.98 inc VAT (prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice)

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    Message posted by Garry C on 17/05/2013 19:58:09Report Post Report this
Must say there deffo worth the money, i bought one at easter from the southampton branch of machine mart along with an EHU lead to plug in between the caravan and the generator, I only needed it realy to top up my 110 leasure battery in the van as we were at a C&CC DA meet and the weather was freezing so the little one used the Ipad and tv more than he normally would as it was so cold, i didn't use the 12v battery charging facility of the generator but plugged it into the caravan as mains supply thus to use the vans own 30amp onboard battery charger to boost up the leasure battery which it did with ease on the quiet load setting, ive since used the IG1000 down at my storage facility and for some outside diy work, although it is realy quiet i wanted to make sure it was realy quiet running for longer periods if required and added this little exhaust which is simply held in place by 2 springs lol and the generator left running in the back of the car left not unattended with plenty of air for cooling the genney...
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    Message posted by philz55 on 17/05/2013 20:58:35Report Post Report this
Does that exhaust really make it much quieter or is it just to vent to the atmosphere?
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    Message posted by Garry C on 17/05/2013 21:32:28Report Post Report this
Vent to atmosphere only and the generator is much quieter by being shoved in the boot,the exhaust is a bit of flexi night heater exhaust from a truck...
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    Message posted by Jimathy2 on 30/05/2013 13:43:54Report Post Report this
Just want to say I bought a second hand i1000 - it hasn't been very well looked after. Both left and right hand casing were damaged + the recoil starter is awkward to put back and takes a couple goes to get it to recoil. The good news is that Clarke had the parts I wanted in stock.   The casings were just 8 each + vat + Delivery ordered Tuesday arrived today. I have just ordered a new recoil starter by phone paying with a card.   The staff to date have been knowledgeable and helpful. Worth mentioning the the casings HAVE ALL THE OE STICKERS ALREADY ON THEM.    
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    Message posted by greycamper on 16/05/2015 07:48:14Report Post Report this
What is the weight of this machine, only states lightweight, so that could be anything. Very important weightm when carrying other items, beside your tent, kids, dog etc Regards Patricia
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    Message posted by Hacksaw Bob on 16/05/2015 10:16:34Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by greycamper on 16/5/2015What is the weight of this machine, only states lightweight, so that could be anything.
Very important weight when carrying other items, beside your tent, kids, dog etc Regards Patricia
Specifications are on this page.      (Agree about weight and size issues - haven't posted actual weight so as not to make the competition answer too easy to find!)
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 30/04/2016 14:13:46Report Post Report this
JUST ANNOUNCED Win a Clarke IG1000 1kW Inverter GeneratorA lightweight, low noise generator with Pure Sine Wave Technology which is Ideal for providing a ready source of electrical power when, for example, out camping, caravanning, or enjoying a boat trip. We have teamed up with Machine Mart to provide you the chance to win a Clarke IG1000 1kW Inverter Generator worth 275.98! Click here for full details and a chance to enter the competition
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