Portable generators are transportable engines that convert mechanical energy into electricity. It is the combination of an internal combustion engine and an electrical generator neatly packed together to make it easily carried or movable.
Portable generators are lighter, smaller versions of standby generators. They may easily be transported to a site, such as a mobile home or building, to quickly provide electrical power where conventional power is down or not available at all.
Portable generators produce electric power by running a gasoline powered engine. The petrol engine spins an on-board alternator to produce electrical energy. Outlets on the generator provide a point from which electrical current can be drawn.
Small, lightweight generators are easily carried to or from site. They occupy little space, enabling leftover space to be used economically. Larger generators are less mobile friendly but are built to be moveable with flat-free tires.
Compact, lightweight portable generators
Portable generators are designed to be lightweight and compact.
Compact generators are meant to be mobile, convenient and space-saving. Small enough to be accommodated in a motor vehicle so as to travel around and serve various places.
Lightweight generators are built with a specific purpose in mind—to involve little trouble or effort in changing their place or position—fitting in well with a person’s needs, plans or activities.
Lightweight, compact generators are easily moved, stored or transported. But electrical capacity is limited from 1000 to 2000 watts, which will run anything from a slow cooker, television or a 1,200 watt refrigerator.
Large portable generators
Larger portable generators have bigger alternators, fuel tanks, maintenance-free batteries, recoil starters and other parts. Subsequently, they’re heavier and more difficult to move.
However, big gas powered generators are fixed to a small platform on wheels and are designed to be pushed and guided by one person. Wheeled generators are easily moveable but often difficult to transport due to their size and weight.
Large portable home generators can weigh more than 143 kg (315 lbs). Their measurement is roughly 760 mm (30 in.) high, 752 mm (29 in.) wide—making them difficult to take or carry from one place to another by means of an automobile.
So what size generator do I need? A sizable portable generator (8,000 to 15,000 watts) can power a window air conditioner (12000 BTU), refrigerator, microwave and other small appliances all at once.
Portable inverter generators
A portable inverter is a travel size apparatus that converts direct current into an alternating current.
Standard inverters draw power from a direct current DC source, and uses electronic circuitry to “invert” DC current into alternating current AC. Inverter generators produce AC electricity in the same way conventional generators do.
Inverters are small, space-saving generators that are capable of being moved by almost anyone. And light enough to be moved easily between places of residence, social events or to areas where conventional power is down.
Inverter generators are the most transportable generators available. They’re expensive too. Inverter generators such as the Honda EU2200i, Briggs & Stratton Q6500 or the Champion 100261 3100 watt electric start inverter can run from $999 to $1,3999.
Move it outside
All portable gasoline powered generators emit carbon monoxide—a odorless, tasteless and colorless poison gas. So be sure to carry or transport your portable generator to a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary where gasses can build to harmful levels when breathed.
Move portable generators away from open windows, doors and garages. If the generator is too heavy to move yourself, have a friend or family member help you change the position. If the portable generator is not capable of being moved to a faraway area, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector to warn you of possible danger.