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Choosing a generator is a daunting task even for the professionals. Whether you are looking to use a generator as a home backup unit or as a portable generator off the grid, it can be confusing to understand how much power you really need.
Generators come in all shapes and sizes and are typically classified by their application. The three main categories of generator types are: Home Standby Units, Portable Generators, and Inverter Generators.
Portable generators operate on gas, propane, or both types of fuel. With the ease of mobility, portables are the go-to unit for a wide use applications. Useful for backup power at home, powering the job site, and for off the grid adventures, portable generators will bring the power in a lightweight and compact design.
Inverter generators pack a punch when it comes to power. Designed to provide maximum mobility and minimum audio pollution. With variable fuel sources, Inverters can provide clean power to electronics and appliances. This makes the unit ideal for your outdoor adventurers or your big game tailgates.
Home Backup Generators provide power and a sense of security. When outages strike due to natural disasters or high-digit heatwaves, Home Backup Generators can support the essentials like alarm systems plus heating and cooling systems as well. Home Backups power and protect to get you through any outage.
Always add 10% to your starting watts to ensure that you can operate all of your appliances without surges.
Most items that need power have a specification tag with wattages listed. Keep an eye out for this on most appliances and tools.
Heat producing appliances, such as ovens, generally do not have a surge wattage.
Appliances with electric motors such as refrigerators, air conditioners, air compressors and etc… usually have a high surge wattage.