Generators come in two basic types: portable generators and standby generators. There also are inverters, which are not generators but may meet your needs. The source of backup power generator you ultimately choose will be determined your power requirements.
Portable generators are fueled by gas or diesel and most portable generators include 120-volt power outlets. When the portable generator is running, you can plug appliances and tools directly into these outlets. Some portable generators also include 240-volt outlets. Portable generators are versatile. You can use a portable generator for:
- emergency power at home,
- power on jobsites, or in remote locations
- for recreational purposes, like boating or camping.
Portable Generator Categories
Portable Generator Features and Accessories
Aside from pure power production for either a portables, or a standby generator, there are some useful features and accessories to consider.
Portable generators can be transported to different locations. Small generators are light and can be carried. Larger portable generators are heavy, making a wheeled frame essential for transportation.
Portable generators are not necessarily quiet. Some portable generators offer extra features to reduce the noise.
Make sure the portable generator, or the standby generator you purchase is suited for the climate in which you will use it.