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Best portable generator?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:57 am
by aaronrodg
I want to buy a portable generator that i can use for different purposes, can anybody tell me which generator should be best in this category?

Re: Best portable generator?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:30 am
by triangles
There's no such thing as "best portable generator." What do you want to do with the generator? This will tell you what capacity generator you need. Is noise a part of your selection criteria? How often are you going to use it? If you don't plan to use it often you might look at something propane powered or diesel. Gasoline has a short shelf life and can plug up carburetors from lack of use. Diesel has a slightly longer shelf life and propane has a practically unlimited shelf life. If by best you mean expensive then one of the Honda inverter generators is going to be the most quiet, most expensive, and most likely stolen of not locked down. 99% of the generators on the market are made in China and of unknown quality.

Re: Best portable generator?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:39 am
by EVA
All excellent points by Triangles.

I'll add - if you are thinking about charging an FFE or other electric car with the generator, you need to test it first. So many of them do not work for that purpose. It is almost impossible to predict if a generator will charge an electric car just from specs. There are so many issues to consider.

And to reinforce - noise, don't underestimate the noise factor. If you are going to use this for a long time, what could be acceptable noise for 10 minutes, is outrageously loud for hours. Quiet is very expensive. Loud is cheap. Power ratings are only part of the equation - you can get obscenely high powered generators at Costco for almost no money. Except they sound like a race car idling next to you. If you are going to have that generator far away from you, that's fine. If it is in a construction site, probably OK too. But if it will be used at home or around people, totally unacceptable.

Re: Best portable generator?

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:28 pm
by Hyperbole
If you wish to go for reliable power during outages you can always look up to Kohler Generator as it is the best. You can have peace of mind with this whole house generator.