No installation needed: No portable generator installation required
Starting: As a manual start generator, using the pull cord is required when the power goes out.
Fuel type: Gasoline, a portable gas generator - refueling needed
What it can power: Portable generator power will send electricity to all of your selected items during an outage. The items you want powered should be plugged into an extension cord that is plugged into the generator.
Installation needed: Permanent backup power system, installed directly into your home's wiring by a certified Briggs & Stratton dealer or licensed electrician
Starting: Backup power supply automatically starts when the power goes out with an automatic transfer switch.
Fuel type: Liquid propane gas or natural gas generator - no refueling needed
What it can power: Powers basic needs such as lights and a refrigerator, while being able to power additional high wattage appliances such as A/C and an electric stove. Items are pre-selected during standby generator installation.