Intermediate Generator Research

Briggs and Stratton portable generatorWith spring and summer approaching, power outages can occur unpredictably as a result of violent weather in some parts of the nation. As a responsible homeowner, you may want to research Portable Generators to provide temporary electricity if power is lost. What’s more, since most generators are not sold with spare parts provided by the manufacturer, having extra electrical parts on hand can save you headaches in the long run. Two kinds of generators are available: portable generators and stationary generators. Most homeowners opt for the former as they are less expensive to purchase and more economical to operate. Plus, they can be conveniently stored in a garage or shed when not in use.

Wattage Counts

Most temporary electrical power can be easily provided by 5,000 to 7,000 watt portable generators. Some simple math calculations to determine what size generator you need might include the following: the average refrigerator uses 600 watts of power, a window air conditioner, 1,000 watts of power, home lights, 60 to 200 plus watts of power, etc, all at between 110v to 240v. Stoves and refrigerators require approximately 1,000 watts or less, depending on size and model. You will want to tally the essential appliance wattage requirements you may need to use during a power outage that lasts several hours or possibly days before making your generator selection.

Additional Items Required For Your Generator

Once you have selected a generator, you will need to purchase a transfer switch and gasoline or propane. Since most portable generators require between 10 and 22 gallons of fuel per day (depending on size and power percentage setting) storing extra fuel and having sufficient gas cans (or propane tanks) available if you need to buy more will be required. Most portable generators have built-in fuel tanks that can last up to 10 days (at 50% power output) to operate essential home appliances. Most generators come with ‘fuel/hour’ remaining gauges built in.

Portable Generator Options From carries 10 models of portable generators, 4 from Briggs & Stratton, 5 from Generac, and 1 Briggs & Stratton equipped with a Honda engine. Size ranges for each manufacturer are listed below.

  • Briggs & Stratton portable generator capacities range from 7,000 to 10,000 watts of power
  • Briggs & Stratton Honda-driven engine portable generator comes in 6,500 watts of power
  • Generac portable generators in our inventory provide from 5,500 to 17,500 watts of power, depending on model.

We invite you to check out our full line of portable generators by clicking on the Electrical tab and selecting generators for a complete listing of our products. As always, our friendly and helpful customer service staff can be reached by calling 1.877.796.8884.