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.
How it works
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.