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Elemax Generators Reviews: 2.2KVA to 5.6KVA Specs SH EX Series

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Most businesses and homes in Nigeria now rely on power generators for electric supply. With the power supply situation not improving significantly, many Nigerian homes that can afford it now have generators, while those who cannot are seriously saving towards buying one. An Elemax generator is one in a list of a number of generator brands now available in Nigeria.

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In this page, we will review some single-phase Elemax generators that can handle domestic applications. This review will focus on Elemax SH3200EX, Elemax SH3900EX, Elemax SH4600EX, Elemax SH5300EX, Elemax SH6500EX, and Elemax SH7600EX. If you are planning to buy a generator for your home or small business, one of these Elemax generators should be on your list.

We will now go through the highlights or key features of this range of Elemax generators.

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Engine System

All these Elemax generators run on Honda engines with transistor ignition system. While the Elemax SH3200EX, Elemax SH3900EX, Elemax SH4600EX, and Elemax SH5300EX use recoil start system (rope & grip), Elemax SH6500EX, and Elemax SH7600EX, adds an electric (key) start system, making them easier to start.

The engine system of these Elemax generators is equipped with an oil alert system. The oil alert system continuously monitors the oil level in your generator’s crankcase, automatically shutting down the engine if oil level falls below safe limits. This can save your generator from serious engine damage.

Here are the Honda engines used in the different Elemax generators in this review.

  • Elemax SH3200EX (Honda GX160 163 cc engine)
  • Elemax SH3900EX (Honda GX200 196 cc engine)
  • Elemax SH4600EX (Honda GX240 242 cc engine)
  • Elemax SH5300EX (Honda GX270 270 cc engine)
  • Elemax SH6500EX (Honda GX340 337 cc engine)
  • Elemax SH7600EX (Honda GX390 389 cc engine)

Electrical Ratings

Voltage Rating:

Elemax generator ratings vary depending on models. Even within the same model number, there are classifications depending on rated output voltage.

Here are the classifications and their rated output voltage:

  • R: 220V 50Hz
  • S: 220V 60Hz
  • D: 110V/220V 60Hz
  • LD: 120V/240V 60Hz

Elemax generator models sold in Nigeria are of the R classification and this should not come as a surprise since Nigeria’s voltage standard is 220V 50Hz. Therefore, if you plan importing generators to Nigeria ensure it is of the right rating. If you are importing to any other country find out the local voltage rating standards. All Elemax generator models come in these classifications.

Power Rating:

Power ratings of Elemax generators also depend on classification, with 60Hz classifications having higher power output rating than the 50Hz classification (R).

Here is the rated and maximum power output of the R classification Elemax generators sold in Nigeria, UK, or other countries with voltage rating 220V 50Hz:

  • Elemax SH3200EX (Rated: 2.2KVA, Max: 2.6KVA)
  • Elemax SH3900EX (Rated: 2.8KVA, Max: 3.3KVA)
  • Elemax SH4600EX (Rated: 3.2KVA, Max: 4.0KVA)
  • Elemax SH5300EX (Rated: 3.8KVA, Max: 4.7KVA)
  • Elemax SH6500EX (Rated: 5.0KVA, Max: 5.8KVA)
  • Elemax SH7600EX (Rated: 5.6KVA, Max: 6.5KVA)

A generator should be operated below its rated power. Although a generator can operate above rated power, it is not advisable to do so for long. Do not operate a generator above rated power for more than 15 minutes. Never operate a generator above maximum power.

The power rating of 60Hz classifications used in countries like US is:

  • Elemax SH3200EX (Rated: 2.5KVA, Max: 3.2KVA)
  • SH3900EX (Rated: 3.2KVA, Max: 3.9KVA)
  • SH4600EX (Rated: 3.8KVA, Max: 4.6KVA)
  • SH5300EX (Rated: 4.4KVA, Max: 5.3KVA)
  • SH6500EX (Rated: 5.6KVA, Max: 6.5KVA)
  • SH7600EX (Rated: 6.5KVA, Max: 7.6KVA)

A generator should be operated below its rated power. Although a generator can operate above rated power, it is not advisable to do so for long. Do not operate a generator above rated power for more than 15 minutes. Never operate a generator above maximum power.

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DC output:

All these Elemax generator models covered in this review have DC output. The DC output of these models is the same at 12V-8.3A. This DC output can come handy in charging your car or inverter batteries.

If you want to buy an Elemax generator, ask the dealer to show you the generator rating on the panel. Ensure you are buying the correct rating.

Other features

AVR: all the Elemax generators under review come with built-in automatic voltage regulator (AVR/Stabiliser). AVR ensures that voltage output and frequency are stable thereby preventing voltage fluctuation, which can cause problems for your gadgets.

Circuit breakers: all Elemax generators under review come with AC/DC circuit breakers. The generators have a control system that continuously monitor loading conditions and automatically switching off if there is a short circuit or overload.

Pilot Lamp: pilot lamp indicates that your Elemax generator is working properly.

Fuel & fuel tank capacity: Elemax generators run on petrol. Elemax SH3200EX and Elemax SH3900EX come with 17-litre fuel tank while Elemax SH4600EX, Elemax SH5300EX, Elemax SH6500EX, and Elemax SH7600EX come with 28-litre fuel tank.

Engine oil & oil capacity: Elemax generators run on 4-stroke engine oil. Elemax SH3200EX and Elemax SH3900EX come with 0.6-litre oil capacity while Elemax SH4600EX, Elemax SH5300EX, Elemax SH6500EX, and Elemax SH7600EX come with 1.1-litre oil capacity.

Fuel sediment cup: The fuel sediment cup prevents dirt and/or water from flowing from the fuel tank to the carburetor.

Prices of Elemax Generators under review

  • Elemax 5.6KVA SH7600EX – ₦555,000 to ₦650,000
  • Elemax 3.8KVA SH5300EX – ₦400,000 to ₦550,000
  • Elemax 3.2KVA SH4600EX – ₦185,000
  • Elemax 2.8KVA SH3900EX – ₦288,000 to ₦310,000
  • Elemax 2.2KVA SH3200EX – ₦239,000 to ₦285,000
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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Elemax Generators Reviews: 2.2KVA to 5.6KVA Specs SH EX Series was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: June 30th, 2018

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