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Now it's Aldi (UK)'s turn to offer an inverter generator

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Posted by Johnny B Good on July 5, 2018, 12:24 am
 Hi to everyone, particularly those in the UK.

 Aldi have started selling (as of last Thursday) a 1800/2000W Workzone  
branded inverter generator. It's almost three times the price of Lidl's  
PGI 1200B at £289.99 but it does offer almost twice the power rating.  
Equivalents elsewhere can be a hundred quid or more making it not quite  
the bargain of the decade but, nevertheless, a reasonably low price for  
what it promises.

 Unfortunately, the two examples I tried fell far short of the PGI  
1200B's excellence and I gave up after returning the second unit (21.3Kg  
is a bit of a strain for me to be manhandling it in and out of my car  
boot (trunk)).

 I won't bore you with the details since you can find my review on Aldi's  
website here <https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-petrol-inverter-generator/  


 Just scroll down towards the bottom and expand the "Customer Reviews"  
section. You can't miss it unless you're a fan of the TL:DR school of  

 TBH, I'm surprised they published it since I used my usenet nym and  
invalid email address rather than a real one. :-)

Johnny B Good

Posted by ads on July 5, 2018, 4:23 am
On Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:24:52 GMT, Johnny B Good

From the pictures, it's a twin to thw PowerHorse sold in the US by
Nothern Tool and others.  Their reviews are also hit-and-miss with
some getting a unit that works as advetised and others getting a
lemon.  I'd say the difference might be the quality of workmanship and
be treced to the amount of manual labor involved in assembly.  (Once
upon a time, knowledgeable people checked the serial number -now VIN -
to know the date a car was assembled and they avoided any vehicle
built on a Monday or Friday because of absenteeism and people being
pulled in to do some portion of the assembly for that day.  Maybe the
same applies here?)  

There's also the quality of some Chinese electrical products to
consider.  The common DC circuit breakers sold for use with high power
audio systems in vehicles typically only carry 70% of their rating
continuously, with a "200 amp" breaker tripping at about 140-145 amps.
(I tested using a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter and resistive
loads up to the inverter's limit.)

I almost bought the PowerHorse during last week's sale at Northern
Tool.  It was $00 instead of $00 and you also got a $00 gift card,
effectivle making it $00.  IF you got a good gen the first try, it
would have been a great deal.

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Posted by Johnny B Good on July 5, 2018, 12:44 pm
 On Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:23:22 -0400, ads wrote:

 Sadly, unlike the case with the Parkside units, the problems with this  
Workzone unit may not be so amenable to a 'quick fix'. The symptoms are  
suggesting the possibility of buggy or incorrect firmware or some similar  
inverter module problems which might not be so easy to fix.

 Despite what I said about 'calling it quits', I'm about to nip back to  
the Aldi store to try a third unit. Perhaps it might be a case of "Third  
time lucky" (or "The third time's the charm."). Did I mention/imply I was  
an optimist? :-)

Johnny B Good

Posted by Jeff Layman on July 5, 2018, 7:01 am
 On 05/07/18 01:24, Johnny B Good wrote:

Maybe because you often criticised Lidl and one of its products in your  
review? They'd probably have published it if you had signed it "M Mouse"  
with an mm@disney email address!



Posted by Johnny B Good on July 5, 2018, 12:06 pm
 On Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:01:19 +0100, Jeff Layman wrote:

 I guess the AI algorithm used to vet the 'review' doesn't understand  
"Reverse 'damned by faint praise'".[1]

 I suspect the "AI" only flags up reviews containing derogatory  
expletives. I reckoned an unemotive tone with subtle phrasing would stand  
the best chance of getting past the AI's "Bad Taste" filter. :-)

[1] The damning part referred to Lidl's mismanagement of their stock (no  
doubt pleasing Aldi no end) whilst the praise was for the product's  
ability to survive such treatment relatively unscathed, in this case a  
Parkside PGI 1200 B2 where the oil level wire could temporarily be  
disconnected so it could be started up to let engine vibration 'unstick'  
the float sensor and/or a simple lifting (only four retaining bolts) of  
the 'lid' to access the various plug/socket connectors round the back of  
the inverter module to fix any that have come adrift.

 As I mentioned earlier, both of these common show stopping faults are  
easily remedied using the supplied 'tool kit' if you know how. Just find  
the 19m 50s youtube video on the PGI 1200 B2 and view dean handley's  
comments to reveal 'The Knowledge'. :-)


 Pity about the shit 'scope. The mains voltage waveform looked flat  
topped when, in fact as a real 'scope would show, the 'flat tops'  
actually have a slight downward slope.

Johnny B Good

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