Top 20 Portable Generators and Inverters 2016 in four categories


Portable Generator Buying Guide: Top 20 Best Portable Power Generators and Inverters

Generac portable generator

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Here we review the top 20 best portable power and generators according the latest customers evaluations shown in amazon for 2016. Four categories classification, from 1,000 watts to more than 3,000 watts will assist to make your right choice.

When deciding about a new portable generator, there are some features that need to be carefully examined. These features include the running and surge power, the capability of powering sensitive electronics (e.g. laptop), the fuel efficiency, portability and user-friendly design as well as noise levels and comfort. To achieve optimal results in each category, the usage and implementation of latest technologies and systems usually determine the final quality of the product. We have classified the portable generators in four categories according to the output power, from under 1,000 watts to 4,000 watts.

Under 1,000 watts portable power generators and inverters

This category has selected portable power generators and inverters with a running power under 1,000 watts. This type of generators is typically used for home appliances and recreational and outdoors activities such a camping sites.

Yamaha EF1000iS evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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Honda EU1000i evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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PowerPro 56100 evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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All Power America APG3004 evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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Powerland PDW100 evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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Between 1,000~2,000 watts portable power generators and inverters

In this category, we have selected portable power generators and inverters that produce 1,000 watts and 2,000 watts of output running power. For example, for campers, tailgaters and boaters, you may usually need 1,000~2,000 watts for handling most needs. An average size home requires from 3000 to 7000 watts to power most household appliances. It does not mean that you need a portable power generator to provide this amount of energy. Sometimes you may only need the necessary power that keeps working critical devices such as a refrigerator, sump pump, furnace or well pump. There are two power measurements for generators: starting watts (also known as startup power, max required for appliances at startup or when running at their highest levels of consumption. Continuous or running power is the wattage required for operation of those appliances under normal load. It is recommended to bear in mind these keywords when deciding the generator you may want to buy for your specific needs and affordable budget.

WEN 56180 evaluation_generator 9.0/10

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Yamaha EF2000iS evaluation_generator 9.0/10

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STAP-2000iQ evaluation_generator 8.8/10

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Honda EU2000I evaluation_generator 8.7/10

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WEN 56200i evaluation_generator 8.7/10

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Between 2,000~3,000 watts portable power generators and inverters

This category shows a selected number of portable generator and inverters with an output running power of between 2,000 and 3,000 watts. You should keep in mind that when computing the necessary power you need for your appliances, you also need to know which kind of load requires your systems. For example, some appliances have resistive loads, which require the same amount of power to both start and run the equipment. Examples of this type of loads are light bulbs, coffee maker and toasters. However, there are also reactive loads which have an electric motor inside. This motor requires an extra energy to start (up to three times the running power). However, once started, the required energy decreases. Examples of this type of loads can be: furnace fans, well pumps, air conditioners, bench grinders, air compressors, power tools and refrigerators and freezers. Consider then the running and starting power of the portable generator and inverters when choosing the right model for your appliances.

Yamaha EF2400iSHC evaluation_generator 9.5/10

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Champion Power Equipment 75531i evaluation_generator 9.3/10

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Briggs & Stratton 30545 evaluation_generator 9.2/10

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Subaru RG3200iS evaluation_generator 9.0/10

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Generac 6719 IX Series evaluation_generator 8.8/10

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Above 3,000 watts portable power generators and inverters

In this category, we have selected portable power generators and inverters with output power of more than 3,000 watts. Homeowners usually need between 3,000 to 6,500 watts to power most home appliances. Some of the critical home appliances such as electric heaters (4,500 watts) or well pumps (3,800 watts) require more than 3,000 watts. Therefore, we have included portable generators and inverters with this running power in this category.

There is also another type of generators called home standby generator or industrial type generator. They are heavy and fix, therefore it is not possible to move or transport them easily to different locations. In this category we have currently excluded home standby generators and restricted the selected equipment to portable power generators.

DuroStar DS4000S evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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Yamaha EF4500iSE evaluation_generator 9.6/10

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Champion Power 46596 evaluation_generator 9.2/10

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DuroMax XP4400E evaluation_generator 9.0/10

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Generac 6864 evaluation_generator 8.8/10

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