When purchasing a whole house portable generator, the following are some key features to look for based on trying to run an average sized house during a power outage including heat, water pump, lights, appliances, etc.  8000 watt rated output; 10,000 watt peek surge output; electric key start with included battery; automatic voltage regulator which maintains a constant voltage level; backup pull start mechanism; heavy duty steel frame; 11 hour run time at half load and a low oil shutoff system.

Other important features to look for are an all steel 8 gallon fuel tank; low noise rating of around 78 dba; 4 fully protected standard 110v outlets; 1 twist lock outlet 240V 30 amp; 1 twist lock outlet 120V 30 amp; 1 DC outlet 12V 8.3 amp; durable wheel and handle kit; reasonable weight around 241 pounds and reasonable dimensions such as 27.75″ x 22″.

Make sure a licensed electrician wires your panel box correctly so the long power cord from the generator can be plugged into an exterior transfer outlet box after the main circuit breaker has been switched off and the reserve generator breaker has been switched on.  Refer to your specific generators instruction manual for safe and proper operating procedures.

Most generators do not come with a power cord so that will need to be purchased seperately.  A 25 foot power cord is generally a good length.  Make sure you also have a sufficient quantity of safely stored gasoline with stabil added to run your generator when needed.  So what generator do I use to get me through extended power outages?  My selection is the Allpower portable generator.

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  1. nvchad2 says:

    Good information. I’ve never looked much into generators but I think I should get one sometime in the future. And always make sure you’ve got some fuel on hand before storms and things like that. My neighbor had to siphon fuel out of his vehicles the other year when he had no fuel for his generator. We were snowed in and without power for 2 days. He now rotates a 5 gallon tank with fresh fuel every month or so to make sure he’s never in that situation again.

  2. rmactsc says:

    I keep 100 gallons of fuel safely stored in a bunch of small five gallon containers with stabil added. I date the cans with a sticker and rotate the fuel every 12 to 18 months. When the fuel is nearing its change date I use it in one of the SUV’s; then refill the empty containers and place a new date on it and the cycle repeats 🙂

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