I am impressed with how quiet it runs. It starts up pretty easy, though I do notice if it sits more than 2 days without being cranked it requires 20+ pulls to get it to fire up. I get around this by just cranking mine up for a couple mins every other night. It's pretty light too, I use this to power bow fishing lights on my boat and power my camp sight, and Im very pleased with its load capacity. Runs all night without running out of gas. Very nice to have the peace of mind to know my boat batteries can be charged and topped off on these multiple day fishing floats. Ive got about 20 hrs on mine so far. Will be following full recommended service intervals to maximize lifespan.