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Clarke IG1200 1.2kW Generator Review

A while back Machine Mart asked us to review their fantastic Clarke IG1000 1kW generator which became one of our favourite camping must haves. So we were delighted when they told us a new model had been released, the Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator, a similar machine but with more power at 1.2kw.

Clarke IG1200 Features:

  • Includes one 230V 13A socket and 12V DC (4A) output
  • max output of 1200W (1000W continuous)
  • Low oil and overload shutdown
  • Recoil start
  • Running hours at 3/4 load: 5.5
  • Lightweight construction
  • Dimensions (DxWxH): 444mm x 234mm x 391mm
  • Weight: 12.4kg

The Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator - Our Review

Despite the extra output, the IG1200 is actually just under 3kg lighter than it's sibling, making it even more portable, and we carried it from garage to camper to pitch easily, lifting it with one hand. It is compact too, meaning it's easy to store at home when not in use, and easy to transport in a car etc.

The review machine arrived in a substantial box, which protects it well, and which you can keep the generator in whilst moving around and storing it. Also inside the box we found 12v charging leads, spark plug remover, and screwdriver, and very simple easy to follow pictorial instructions. If you're a newbie to generators you don't need to worry, it's very simple to get going. The instructions say to check the generator has oil in it, we were pleased to find ours was already full, so all we needed was a can of unleaded petrol and we were off (the IG1200 has a 4 stroke engine which means you don't need to mess about mixing oil to the fuel, unlike a two stroke engine). When starting the generator for the first time a few pumps of the primer button are required (the button is clear so you can see that the fuel is in place, a clever touch) then simply gently pull on the recoil starter, and the generator started on the second pull. Later once warm it started on the first pull every time.

For our review trip we'd been lucky enough to be camping on a friend's farm, way away from civilisation but that meant we were also off grid. We'd been running our fridge on the 12v leisure battery which had given it a bit of a caning, so the first task for us was to charge our campervan leisure battery, using the 12v output on the generator. Simply clip the crocodile clips to the battery and within a few hours we'd given the battery a decent topup, meaning we could use the interior lights that night! The IG1200 is surprisingly quiet, the spec says 69 dBA at 7m at 1/4 load , in practice we found this was just a gentle throb in the background, and didn't disturb or annoy us at all, particularly as we'd set it up behind our campervan to deaden any noise even more.

Of course the main benefit of a generator is having mains power where you can't normally get it. The girls were delighted to find they could charge their tablets and phones, and I happily ran the laptop from the 240v outlet. The IG1200 uses "pure sine wave constant voltage technology" which is more stable than the normal mains supply and is therefore ideal for powering sensitive equipment such as computers TVs etc. It also has an "Eco" mode, which automatically adjusts the engine speed to match the load, which means you use less fuel and a lower noise level when the generator is not under load.

Finally, when we got home from our camping trip we had one more task for the IG1200 ! The storage area where we keep our caravan has no mains power, and sometimes turns into a bit of a jungle. We used the mains output on the generator to run an electric Black and Decker strimmer to clear all around our storage pitch, as well clearing the long grass as around the surrounding trees, fantastic!


To summarise, I think we have a new entry in our must have camping and caravanning equipment list. The Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator is more powerful than it's predecessor, but even lighter at 12.4kg and just as brilliant. At this price point, just 275.98 from Machine Mart, it comes highly recommended for camping, caravanning, and indeed at home!

Where can I get them from?

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. The Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator is just 275.98 inc VAT (prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice)

Win a Clarke IG1200 1.2kW Inverter Generator worth 275.98!

We have teamed up with Machine Mart and are offering you the chance to win a Clarke IG1200 1.2kW Inverter Generator worth 275.98. For more details and to enter click here - competition now closed

  Comments on this article from our visitors

    Message posted by TerrieG on 08/07/2016 19:59:53Report Post Report this
Would love to win this generator, would be so useful on sites with no hook ups, been thinking about buying one.

    Message posted by snailboxers on 08/07/2016 20:57:01Report Post Report this
This sounds perfect for us to use with our caravan. We often stay on sited with no hook up.

    Message posted by William Walker on 09/07/2016 00:32:43Report Post Report this
You don't have to start the car to get power anymore just start the Clark Generator and your done.


    Message posted by richard sanderson on 09/07/2016 01:55:48Report Post Report this
I never owned one before and this one looks easy to use and a convenient size im planning a trip soon but short if funds so this would come in handy☺️

    Message posted by maeblip on 09/07/2016 04:44:55Report Post Report this
This generator looks good and using pure sine wave technology it will become the top item on the 'check list' when you're packing the van for the next expedition away. No hook up.....no problem...perfect.

    Message posted by KAT52 on 09/07/2016 07:07:19Report Post Report this
Would love to have this generator would be an excellent addition to my camping resources

    Message posted by kenny-mc on 09/07/2016 09:41:49Report Post Report this
Would be nice to win this generator as mine broke a month ago and could do with cheering up.

    Message posted by Shytot4x4 on 09/07/2016 09:58:10Report Post Report this
The entry form won't let me enter the correct value in the 'what is the fuel capacity' dialogue box...

    Message posted by AdminBob on 09/07/2016 10:30:28Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by Shytot4x4 on 09/7/2016
The entry form won't let me enter the correct value in the 'what is the fuel capacity' dialogue box...

Hiya, what figure are you trying to enter please? We have had thousands of entries with the correct answer so far.

Thanks in advance.

    Message posted by davsato on 09/07/2016 11:08:17Report Post Report this
It won't let me either, only lets me put 1 digit in the answer box!
I'm on a Google tablet with no flashplayer support, does that make a difference?

    Message posted by AdminBob on 09/07/2016 11:26:38Report Post Report this
Hi, the answer IS only 1 digit long, if you follow the link we provide with the question and visit the Machine Mart page, once there locate the IG1200 genny and you will find the correct answer. Using any other website to try and find the answer may not work, you must use the link provided.

    Message posted by tel074 on 09/07/2016 11:45:28Report Post Report this
This generator could open up a whole new phase of caravaning for me as I could use sites without hook up and still charge my electric invalid scooter, without which options are very limited.

    Message posted by eileen warren on 09/07/2016 13:55:10Report Post Report this
Would love to win this we go fishing and normally there's no hook up would be great

    Message posted by mick beddall on 09/07/2016 16:45:45Report Post Report this
would very much appreciate this generator as at the moment my wife has COPD and needs her oxygen machine which runs on mains electric, and another machine to help with her breathing at night, so restrictions occur if there is no hook up. I use a solar panel to help with a power inverter, but it knocks my battery up.

    Message posted by Batfink19 on 10/07/2016 12:20:24Report Post Report this
Would love a generator so much as there are 4 of us and would love to go more wild camping as our wee boy is 2 and feel restricted on some sites. That would certainly help us do it!

    Message posted by michael may on 12/07/2016 07:08:47Report Post Report this
would be ideal for the caravan when no electric is on site, would also be great at the allotment where there is no electric.

    Message posted by path20 on 18/07/2016 15:20:07Report Post Report this
Great! Wild camping here we come! Will be a great help at charity events where there is no electric.

    Message posted by Bilbo1 on 21/07/2016 08:46:34Report Post Report this
Perfect for non electric sites and just the right size, there's going to be a lot of disappointed people after the draw.

    Message posted by sheeprider79 on 21/07/2016 13:00:24Report Post Report this
looks awesome..... Just what I need for caravaning at the Moto GP, Silverstone so the wife can do her hair in the morning.

Fingers crossed!!

    Message posted by susanmcmurray on 24/07/2016 22:02:25Report Post Report this
Great very useful item when camping

    Message posted by jdimsdale on 31/07/2016 10:43:25Report Post Report this

    Message posted by AMELIA JAMES on 31/07/2016 14:51:25Report Post Report this
This would give us the freedom to holiday anywhere with our children YIPPEEE !!!

    Message posted by denny98 on 31/07/2016 15:27:53Report Post Report this
This would just make all the difference, fingers crossed.

    Message posted by delindeno on 20/09/2016 16:18:58Report Post Report this
a dream come true to win one of these generators, pensions dont stretch far nowadays, and we caravan all year round so we could use sites with no ehu DEREK

    Message posted by Ratty on 07/04/2017 16:46:47Report Post Report this
Latest Competition - Win a Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator

The Clarke IG1200 Inverter Generator is a powerful, lightweight, quiet, portable generator that provides 230V ac power wherever it is needed, ideal for powering sensitive equipment such as computers TVs etc. With a max output of 1200W (1000W continuous) it is perfect for leisure use such as camping, caravanning and much more. It also provides a 12V DC output that can be used for leisure battery top up charging.

We have teamed up with Machine Mart to provide you the chance to win a Clarke IG1200 1.2kW Inverter Generator worth 275.98!

Click here for full details and a chance to enter the competition

Cheers Ratty

    Message posted by darren keenan on 16/04/2017 14:57:37Report Post Report this
what a very versitile bit of kit would love this in my collection

    Message posted by MTS1967 on 17/05/2017 10:54:45Report Post Report this
This would allow me to use my CPAP machine and enjoy camping again-and allow others to not hear my SNORING

    Message posted by funkybecky81 on 18/05/2017 21:14:47Report Post Report this
My partner refuses to pay for anything to run his breating machine, this is perfect for my partner to bring his sleep apnoea machine, and stop me suffering no more snoring when camping yay :-)

    Message posted by elsiew on 01/06/2017 18:11:25Report Post Report this
Great Prize! Just what I need! Fingers crossed.

    Message posted by James Watt on 01/06/2017 21:36:48Report Post Report this

Clarke IG1200 1.2kW Inverter Generator. Back to product list Product manual. Product Code 010617070. Manufacturer sku 8877070. 259.98 ex. VAT. 311.98

Might suit a friend of mine?

    Message posted by welshrover on 02/06/2017 10:02:26Report Post Report this
Well I bought one of these from machine mart three weeks ago. I used it at Ashley hall steam rally last weekend what a great bit of kit,no mixing oil with petrol two pulls and away she goes.Next weekend I be using it again at north rode rally just to charge my mobility scooter ,who ever wins it will be a very lucky camper and whoever buys one will be over the moon with it,To sum it all up its small,quiet ,very light,reliable,and with charging my mobility scooter I can see everything at these rallies and to top it all off no more noisy smelly two stroke generators.

    Message posted by Demilee69 on 03/06/2017 00:34:37Report Post Report this
would love one of these generators

    Message posted by badhen on 03/06/2017 14:36:35Report Post Report this
Would love this equipment, invaluable for sites without hook-up

    Message posted by Hank321 on 11/06/2017 13:23:57Report Post Report this
Would love this equipment, A must for sites without hook-up and caravan rally's and to use in the Garden

    Message posted by icemanmaz on 14/06/2017 12:26:36Report Post Report this
This would be great for when we dont have electric hook up.

    Message posted by pepe63 on 14/06/2017 15:10:07Report Post Report this
Can I ask..
Why is it only ever members with a very low post count, (more often than not,only one!) that feel the need to tell us that they would "love" to win these genny comps..?


    Message posted by jsebastion on 17/06/2017 02:54:44Report Post Report this
Hi, this would be a great toy to charge up all the portables that I have to carry with me... Great comp, and a great prize

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