KISAE HS-1800 Power Kit Review

KISAE HS-1800 Power Kit Review

KISAE is one of the more reputable generator companies you’ll come across, as they have made a name for themselves by consistently producing quality products that look as good as they function.

The HS-1800 showcases what KISAE is capable of, resulting in a versatile and simple backup generator that can be used for a wide range of applications.

Quick Summary

Generator Applications

Off-Grid Living

Large Appliances

Small Appliances

Whole-House Backup

Features

Battery Capacity: 60Ah

Solar Capacity: 80W

Power Output: AC (4x)

Weight: 73 lbs.

Price:~$1000

Many backup generators try to do too much, creating confusing interfaces with unnecessary features that don’t offer much help, while also wasting the battery pack. Others are far too crude, amounting to nothing more than an awkward box full of wires and switches.

The KISAE-1800 Power Kit succeeds in avoiding these drawbacks, opting instead for a neat, clean generator that features superb craftsmanship and design.

The KISAE-1800 Power Kit is simple enough for anyone to use, and comes equipped with a few features that allows it to serve as an at-the-ready backup generator in times of need.

While it may be missing the bells and whistles of some of its rivals, the KISAE-1800 Power Kit hits where it counts, giving you plenty of power for some of the larger appliances around the home.

Advantages of The HS-1800 Home Power System

The HS-1800 has several well-designed features that make it one of the better backup generators on the market.

HS-1800 Home Power System

Capable Power Amount

The HS-1800 comes equipped with 1800 watts of power, making it strong enough to keep most of your home’s higher wattage devices running for an extended period of time.

The battery has a rating of 60 amp hours (Ah,) giving you enough power to last for hours depending on the devices hooked up to it.

This isn’t some meager generator that will shut down after running your refrigerator for an hour — the HS-1800 is a true backup power provider.

Strategic Design

The HS-1800 is modular in its design, allowing you to expand its capabilities and upgrade it if needed by adding more batteries to the power pack, or hooking up solar panels.

It has a the sleek, professional appearance of  commercial generator, and it can easily be installed permanently to your power supply in a matter of minutes.

The mod capabilities of the HS-1800 cannot be understated. With just a few extra batteries and a solar panel or two, you can turn the unit into an extremely capable backup generator that can give you days of power on one charge.

The HS-1800 includes a transfer switch setting that will turn the generator on immediately in the event of an outage, preventing you from having to go on an adventure in the dark to turn it on. This feature is unfortunately rare in the world of solar backup generators.

Kisae Solar Generator

Lower Weight for its Class

The HS-1800 weighs around 76 lbs total. This isn’t the lightest unit, but it’s certainly manageable in most situations, and its lower weight makes it suitable to store away in your RV or camper.

Multiple AC Outlets

The HS-1800 has four neatly-arranged AC outlets located directly on the front of the unit, eliminating the need for an auxiliary power strip or outlet splitter. The four outlets should be plenty to power your essential appliances or devices.

Disadvantages of the KISAE HS-1800 Home Power System

The HS-1800 is a great product, but it does fall short in a few areas worth noting.

Lack of Port Diversity

Many home backup generators and units with higher power ratings tend to have USB and 12v DC ports in addition to the AC ports, but the HS-1800 neglected to include these for some reason.

This may not seem like that big of deal, but having to use an entire AC port to power a cell phone charger or small USB device seems like a waste when you have this amount of wattage.

KISAE HS-1800 Power Kit

Noise

This may seem a little nit-picky, but the HS-1800 isn’t exactly silent in its operation. A small fan can be heard blowing during charging, which some may find to be a bit annoying depending on the situation. If you plan to keep this one in the garage, it won’t be an issue.

Lower Power

1800 watts might seems pretty good initially, but the HS-1800 is actually outclassed by several generators close its size. This can be alleviated some by adding extra batteries for longer performance.

Difficult to Move

Although the HS-1800 doesn’t claim to be a portable generator, I fail to see why they didn’t include some type of wheels or casters to help move it around. This would be a huge convenience even if you’re just moving it across the room.

A lack of any type of handle seems a bit baffling as well, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Conclusion

The HS-1800 is a simple, foolproof generator that offers suitable power, ease of use, and expansive capabilities that allow you to modify it to better suit your backup power needs.

While it may be lacking a bit for its size, you still receive enough power to keep your home’s main components on for several hours in between charges.

HS-1800 Unit

The auto switch is certainly very helpful, and gives you peace of mind when facing any future outages. More generators should be this simple and strategic while still offering modification potential for advanced users.

Pairing the HS-1800 with quality 130W solar panels is recommended to get the most out of it, but not required.

The unit comes with 35 feet of cord to connect solar panels, if desired.

If you’re looking for an easy and dependable way to provide your home or RV with power in times of need, it’s hard to go wrong with the KISAE HS-1800 Power Kit.

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