Power for home, work or play

Keep the life in your lifestyle going with a portable generator from Briggs & Stratton. A portable generator can provide critical backup power you need, such as in emergency storm situations and power outages – or power you want, where power is unavailable at job sites, camping, or sporting events.

How does a portable generator work?

When conventional electrical power is down, during a power outage, or not available at a job site or campsite, a portable generator provides power where and when you need it. Remember, the best time to buy a portable generator is before you need it. Portable generators provide electricity by running a gas-powered engine and must be manually started. That turns an on-board alternator to generate electrical power. Power outlets on the unit allow you to plug extension cords, electric-powered tools and appliances into it. In general, the more powerful the generator, the more outlet combinations are available.


Unlike standby generator systems, portable generators are not permanently installed and can be easily moved from place to place.


Portable generators are rated by the amount of power they produce called watts. There are two kind of watts:

  • Running Watts – The continuous watts produced to keep items running.
  • Starting Watts – The extra power needed to start large motor-driven appliances or multiple items.
    Typically, the more watts, the more items you can power up.

Take It Outside

As the only safe place to operate a portable generator, taking it outside is absolutely mandatory to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide. But there's even more you can do. By educating yourself about all carbon monoxide risks, you're better prepared to protect your family from this colorless, odorless threat. For more information and safety tips, visit TakeYourGeneratorOutside.com


Carbon monoxide is an invisible, poisonous gas. Make sure that there is proper ventilation when using your portable generator. Do not operate your generator in-doors, in a garage or other enclosed structure or near open windows. If you experience dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea or irregular breathing, turn off the portable generator, get fresh air and seek medical attention.

Why Choose Briggs & Stratton

Power generation from the portable generator leader. Providing the power and innovation you need – for the way you live is what Briggs & Stratton is all about. We’ve been a leader in the outdoor power equipment business for more than 106 years. Our generators offer a premium combination of power, performance and value you would only expect from the market leader. From our legendary, easy starting engines to our innovative products and features – choosing Briggs & Stratton as your power partner is the right choice.