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How to Choose a Portable Generator

Since the invention of the first electric motor by Michael Faraday, people have relied on electricity more and more for almost everything that we do. And though it is fortunate that this utility is provided by electric companies that even reaches our far flung rural areas who rely on electric pumps for their water, when hurricanes or tornado hit, people have no choice but to equip themselves with portable generators since this will make a big difference between being miserable during those types of emergencies.

Although portable generators are very useful during emergencies, it is not the only time that they are heavily used. Portable generators are good to have for everyday use. This can either power those tools on construction sites, provide entertainment while on a camping trip or for whatever other equipment that you might want to use that needs to be powered by electricity, since they can go wherever you need power.

Now to the question, what do you need to look for when you are already determined to get one for yourself?
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You need to consider the amount of power that you need when you are choosing a generator to purchase. In order to determine your wattage use, you can use the website calculators which most manufacturers provide so that you can easily estimate your power use.
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After you know how much power you need, you would now want to consider “power ratings”. The are two kinds of power ratings that every generator has. Running wattage is the amount of power that the generator can handle on a continuous basis. The other power rating is the surge wattage which is the amount of power the generator can handle for short bursts. Remember that starting the generator engine takes two to four times more electricity to make it start to spin. And this amount of energy is needed for about ten seconds until your generator starts. When you have already started your generator it will now need to sustain its momentum by continuous wattage supply.

Gas engines are used by most portable generators. Propane is used is other portable generators. There are those that use both too. Propane generators have many advantages over gas generators. One is that they are cheaper, less toxic, cleaner burning and easily accessible during a power outage. Since propane does not degrade like gasoline, you can store it indefinitely. Also fuel efficiency is critical since during natural disasters fuel becomes difficult to acquire. The best generators burns less than half a gallon of fuel an hour and have a running time of up to fourteen hours with a fifty percent load.

Check it the generator has safety features and accessible control panel. Check for circuit breakers and grounding methods.