Backup power generators can suddenly become a hot item, flying off of store shelves in both summer and winter in the middle of weather-related power problems. Unpredictable weather the last few years has led to an increase in consumer power generator purchases. In recent years, we’ve seen many Americans without power for several days to weeks as a result of hurricanes, heat waves, tornadoes, and snow storms that have caused power outages in various parts of the nation. If you want to be prepared for an extended power outage, it makes sense to do a little research and plan your purchase before you actually find yourself in the middle of a power outage situation. We’ve looked at several backup generators and found 3 different options for you to consider, based upon your power needs and specific situation.
Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt
The Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt is an ideal choice for lower power needs such as shorter power outages or if you just need to keep a few essentials running. The standard 120V duplex outlets and the 12V DC output give you various options for power. The fuel efficiency of this generator yields a run-time up to 10.5 hours on a full tank of gas and has power enough for electronics and small appliances. A built-in Smart Throttle feature varies the engine speed based upon the current power consumption to increase fuel efficiency. The Yamaha EF2000iS features unique TwinTech technology that allows the user to connect two units for 4,000 watts total if greater power generation is needed. This generator is very portable at 44 pounds and much quieter during operation than other generators available. Other features include CARB compliance, a low oil indicator and 2-year warranty.
Champion Power Equipment 46539 4,000 Watt
For more moderate power needs such running multiple household appliances during an outage, there is the Champion 46539, which offers 4,000 Watts of power. Running for up to 12 hours, this generator offers several power output options: 120V Duplex, 120V Twistlock and 1 RV receptacle. This generator has the power to supply multiple household appliances such as a sump pump and refrigerator simultaneously making it perfect to keep your home running when the power is out. With a rolling wheel frame and a weight of 140 pounds, this generator is still fairly portable and easy to move as needed. Other features include CARB compliance, low oil indicator, oil, free lifetime technical support from the manufacturer and a 2 year warranty.
Briggs & Stratton 30469 6,000 Watt
If you have a larger home, expect extended power outages or have similar high power needs, consider the Briggs & Stratton 30469, which offers 2 duplex 120-volt outlets and a 120V Twistlock outlet. The 6,000-Watts from this generator can easily take on the power generation needed to run most of a household’s appliances and lighting simultaneously. Running efficiently, users can get up to 12 hours of run-time from this generator before refueling. Still considered portable, this larger power generator weighs in at 193 pounds but does have a wheeled frame for transportation if needed. Purchase includes oil, toll-free support and a 2-year warranty.