The reliability of our electricity supply isn’t what it used to be. The continent-wide, interconnected electrical grid means power failures can ripple outward like falling dominoes. Portable generators offer a safe, convenient way to provide power to a home during an outage. For a more detailed review please review this ebook. Or watch this video on how best to choose a generator to meet your needs.
Deciding how much power you want is the first step in the selection process. Add up the wattage of all the items you plan to use during a power failure, add an allowance for extra capacity, and that’s the size of generator you need. Online tools, like this one can be very helpful for determining the right size: www.ChampionPowerEquipment.com/Generator-Selector
As a rough overview, a 3,500-watt generator is sufficient for bare-bones household needs; it will be able to handle a household sump pump, basic lighting, a fridge, a freezer, and a small hot plate, though not all at once. A 5,500-to-6,500-watt model offers more options and less chance of overloading the generator. A 7,500-to-9,000-watt model is even better.