Portable Generator Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Portable Generator

By  | Generator Product Expert

Portable generators come in a wide variety of different watts and prices.

Don't get yourself caught up in all of the numbers.

If you take a moment to select the right style first, you will find that it's a whole lot easier to find the right generator to serve your specific needs.

Portable generators basically come in four different styles: Recreational, Emergency, Semi-Pro & Professional.

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Recreational Inverter Generators
Portable Recreational GeneratorsWhen you hear the phrase "camping generators," you might think "loud" and "annoying." Not anymore.

New inverter generators are basically the broadband replacement to old conventional camping generators, which are now as unpopular as dial-up internet service.

The state-of-the-art technology was very expensive several years ago. However, prices and noise levels have dropped significantly recently. Recreational generators are finally appreciated by RV enthusiasts and tailgaters.

Emergency Generators
Portable Emergency GeneratorsRecreational generators are great for tailgating or camping. A power outage, however, is no picnic.

Small models will only power an appliance or two. Plus, you'll need to refill their small gas tanks every few hours.

Emergency generators, however, feature larger and more powerful engines designed to restore power to mission critical appliances like refrigerators, sump pumps, televisions and lights.

In addition, emergency generators come equipped with larger gas tanks designed to run hours without interruption. While not quite professional grade, these generators are durable yet affordable.

Semi-Professional Generators
Semi-Pro Portable GeneratorSemi-pro generators are popular among homeowners with high-end taste and contractors with frequent power needs.

With high-quality engines and durable components, semi-pro generators are equally capable of restoring power to a home from a blackout as they are powering tools on a job-site.

While they may not have all the bells and whistles found on professional models, these are heavy duty generators.

If you'll be using your generator exclusively on a job-site, get a professional model.

Professional Generators
Honda Professional Portable GeneratorIt's not uncommon to see a professional portable generator attending a tailgate party or rescuing a homeowner during blackout.

You won’t, however, find professional-grade generators rusting outside your local hardware store.

These serious-duty generators are built in limited quantities for professionals, who recognize that quality doesn’t come cheap.

Professional generators are constructed with commercial-quality components designed to run a full shift on a daily basis.

Basic features – like hour meters, lifting eyes and GFCI outlets – aren’t accessories. They’re necessities.


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