Originally posted on http://www.kake.com/story/40360450/pick-your-power-how-to-choose-a-generator
In December of 2018, a line of severe thunderstorms swept through Sydney, leaving thousands of residents without power. This region is also prone to blackouts on a regular basis.
When you have no power, getting anything done can be frustrating and difficult. However, if you have a generator, you don’t have to go without.
The key to getting the most out of your generator is finding the right one. Some tips to help you figure out how to choose a generator can be found here.
The first thing you need to know is the amount of power you need. For example, your refrigerator may only need 700 watts to run, but what happens if it needs 2100 watts of startup power?
While sites like Krugerpower.com.au expand on this factor a bit more, it’s a good idea to figure out what you need prior to going shopping.
You also have to consider the outlets. A smaller inverter generator is typically going to have a few 120V AC outlets, along with a few USB ports.
When you reach the generators offering 4000 watts of power, then you may need to hire an electrician to wire the generator directly into the panel.
The majority of generators are going to come with a warranty that provides coverage for several years, for consumer use. For recreational use or emergency power, any reputable brand is going to work.
However, if you are running a crew that requires a generator on a daily basis, then you are going to be better off trying to find a model with a commercial engine. Not only is this going to be a better fit for what you do, but you are also going to get a more extensive and longer lasting warranty.
Gas generators are the most popular option used today. The fuel is easy to get and more affordable than other options.
However, if you want something with better fuel efficiency, then it may be a good idea to consider a diesel generator. While these cost more initially, they are going to help you get more “bang for your buck” over time.
Another option that is becoming more popular is a battery powered generator. These can be recharged via solar panels, have zero emissions, and run silently. The downside is that max power is typically around 1800 watts, they recharge slowly, and they’re expensive.
When you are trying to figure out how to choose a generator, make sure you consider the factors here. Doing so will help ensure you get a generator that suits your needs and your budget.
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