A generator can provide convenient, portable power or be a reliable source of back-up power, depending on your needs. Find the one that’s right for you.
Portable gas generators
If you’re looking for a mobile power source to use in your workshop, during blackouts, at the cottage or on the jobsite, you’ll need a gas generator. These models require a fuel stabilizer if you are going to store it without use for more than a week.
If you need a power source for RV-ing, camping, tailgating or other outdoor activities, an inverter generator is ideal. They are lightweight, quiet and can power smaller appliances like lights or smart phones. Inverters also provide true sine wave to protect sensitive electronics such as laptops.
Portable power stations are inverter generators powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. They provide you with on-the-go power during outdoor adventures, power outages and on the jobsite. To recharge these units, simply plug them into a solar panel, an AC wall outlet or the DC port of your car.
To determine your power needs for a gas generator, add up the wattage of all the items you want to power at one time. Keep in mind many items require higher wattage, also called peak or starting watts, to power up and then lower running watts.
6000 watts or less
If you need a generator for light residential backup power during a power outage or to power small appliances like a toaster, a unit with 6,000 watts or less is sufficient.
A fuel life meter on the display panel shows you how many hours of run time is remaining based on the power being used
A parallel connection feature on inverter generators allow you to connect two inverters with a separately purchased kit. This is a great way to increase the wattage without switching to noisy alternatives.