Portable Generator Buying Guide : What To Look For

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Why Do You Need a Generator?

Hurricanes. Ice storms. Wind storms. You’ve seen the after-effects: entire communities without power. A home generator will ensure your family has the facility needed when faced with unexpected outages. Two sorts of generators are available: portable generators and permanently installed home generator systems. Portable solutions will power your home appliances during blackouts, your recreational toys when you’re camping or outdoors, and/or tools on your job site. Home generator systems are installed at your home and will power at-home medical equipment, multiple home appliances, and in most cases actually start automatically during power outages. Briggs & Stratton portable generators range between $500 and $2,200; and our Home Generator Systems range from $1,649 to $4,000.

How to Select the Proper Generator For the Work

You’ve seen what can happen during natural disasters, storms, and power outages. You know you want an alternate power source for your home. To determine what proportion power you need, follow these steps.

What Do You Need to Power?

Make a list. Ask yourself what you’ll get to power during an electrical outage: just appliances and lights? Computers and home electronics, too? Some families have in-home medical equipment that is a priority, while others need to ensure they have enough power to keep stocked food supplies on ice. If you need a generator for recreational or Job site usage, list out the tools or appliances you will want to use at the same time. Would you like to power work lights alongside your tools? What about a radio? On camping or fishing trips, what proportion of outdoor cooking, heating, or entertainment appliances or accessories will you and your family or friends be using at once?

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Determine what it takes to start each appliance. Ensure you’ll be ready to start (not simply run) your appliances. The “Starting Wattage” is the amount of wattage needed to start an appliance with a motor, and it may be two to three times the wattage required to run the appliance. If you have the owner’s manuals, check for your appliance’s listed start-up wattage (vs. the running wattage or the rated wattage). If you don’t have the owner’s manuals, use our wattage calculator to estimate your power needs.

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Calculate your total power needs. It’s a two-part equation. First, add up all the “Running Wattage” for all the things you would like to power simultaneously. This equals the entire running watts your generator must produce simply to run your equipment. Next, add to that total the highest of the “Starting Wattage” you wrote down in step 2, above. Now you recognize what proportion of power you would like to start out and run your appliances and equipment!

With the knowledge you now have about your power needs, you’ll compare buying generators within your wattage requirement.

Warning: Never connect a generator to a home’s wiring! If you intend to connect a generator to your home’s electrical system, hire a qualified electrician to install a transfer switch.

All Briggs & Stratton portable generators are powered by high-quality Briggs& Stratton gas engines that offer the power you can count on. Portable generator provide dependable power during power outages, and may even be wont to run your power tools or to form recreational areas easier where there’s no electricity.

To Shop for a Portable Generator, Follow These Steps:

Determine your power needs. Portable generators can range from 900 to 10,000 watts

Think about the convenience of transporting your generator. Most Briggs & Stratton portable generators accompany wheels, and a few are light enough to hold. If you need wheels, you’ll love our never-flat, puncture-resistant wheels for easier transportation over rugged terrain like construction sites.

Look for a generator with a minimum of 10 hours of runtime. This enables contractors to form it through a full day’s work and homeowners to urge a full night’s sleep without refueling.

Count what percentage of outlets you’ll need on your generator. This relies on what percentage of appliances you’ll get to power directly. Check your appliances to ascertain what sort of outlets you’ll need. See the diagram below for outlet types.


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