Portable power generators help provide adequate power for various applications especially during a power outage, in remote locations or to power heavy equipment. While there are different types of portable generators, choosing the right one is always recommended.
Types of Portable Generators
1. Camping Generators: These are available in two types; Car Camping and RV-camping generators. Car camping generators are lightweight and can be used to power simple appliances with up to 1500 watt load. They are also very easy to transport with most of them weighing at least 40 pounds and run quietly. Car generators can be used to power laptops, light bulbs, small fridges, and smartphones.
RV camping generators are relatively much bigger (and heavier) than car camping generators. These generators can produce an output of up to 3500 watts. This can power room heaters, coffee maker, air conditioning units, small refrigerators, lights, laptops, music players and equipment with low starting wattage.
2. Portable Backup Generators: These are considerably the largest portable generators available. Backup portable generators have the capacity to produce 7000 watts, with most of them capable of producing 10,000 watts starting power for 10 seconds. This makes it possible to power most office and home appliances such as refrigerators, HVAC systems, personal computers, television sets, Hi-Fi and even electric stoves. Installing a transfer switch in your home’s circuit box makes powering your entire home much easier.
Portable Generators: Fuel
Portable generators use different fuels to operate. Each fuel type has its benefits and downsides. These are discussed below.
1. Diesel generators: Larger portable generators (Backup and RV camping generators) use diesel to operate. Diesel generators are relatively cheaper to operate and more dependable as compared to propane or natural gas powered generators. Diesel generators are powerful hence produce stable power with ease. While diesel doesn’t burn cleanly, generators running on the same are notably noisier.
2. Gasoline Generators: Most lightweight, portable generators run on gasoline hence the name gasoline generators. They run quietly producing low levels of noise pollution. An average gasoline generator uses an average of 22 gallons of gas every day hence more economical for simple power applications.
3. Propane/Natural Gas Generators: Propane and natural gas can be used to power certain types of portable backup generators. The generator is connected to a natural gas utility line where it kicks in when there’s a power outage.
4. Solar Portable Generators: Solar generators run on solar energy to produce electricity. These generators need up to 22 hours of direct sunlight to recharge fully. They provide the cleanest power with no carbon emissions at all. One of the primary benefits of using a solar generator is that it can power equipment (light bulbs, computers, refrigerators, etc.) for several days on a single charge. They are more economical in the long run than gasoline-driven generators.
Before making an order on any portable generator, be sure to check your power requirements to ensure the generator can handle such loads. Overloading a generator can either damage the generator or cause a total shutdown of the same. You can also consult with our specialists for help in choosing the most suitable one based on your specifications.