Greengear has a number of power options in their product line of portable propane/LPG fueled generators, but do you know how to calculate what kind of power you'll need? Extreme weather conditions and over-burdened power grids make power outage a more common occurrence. Whether it's summer and you find yourself in sweltering heat without air-conditioning, or you just filled the freezer after a summer of gathering garden vegetables, or you are working from home and find yourself suddenly without battery power for your devices, a generator can save the day. Or you may be shopping for a generator that will be handy and light for camping or other recreational activities. If you've never purchased a generator, you'll be amazed to find how many models exist! Fundamentally though, there are two broad categories of generators.
- Portable – These can be purchased at low wattage for camping or with a higher wattage for home use. When the power goes out it needs to be plugged into the applause or the subpanel. They are the most convenient and cheapest alternative. There are different portable generators: conventional, inverter and silenced.
- Standby – These generators start automatically during power outages, but come with a steep price tag, including installation costs. They aren't portable, as they are installed with a direct connection to the home's power panel.
For private, home or recreational use, generators have power ranges that start at 2 kW and go up to 7 kW (enough to power an entire home). The first thing you'll need to do is determine your wattage requirements by making a list of the essential appliances and equipment that will be running. Add up the wattage requirements, then multiply that number by 1.5, as appliances will need extra wattage to power the start up. By checking the product manual or the indications on the appliance, you will find the wattage specified. Here are just a few appliances, with an average wattage, just to give you an idea which range your total will fall under.
- Microwave: 600-1,200 Watts
- Hairdryer: 800-1,500 Watts
- Refrigerator: 700-1,200 Watts
- Freezer: 500-1,200 Watts
- Washing machine: 1,200 Watts
- 1/3-hp sump pump: 800 Watts
- Television: 300 Watts
- Laptop computer: 250 Watts
- 10,000-BTU air conditioner: 1,500 Watts
Using the numbers you calculated, find the generator that best suits your energy needs.
|Generator Model||Running (Rated) Watts||Starting Watts|
|GE-2000M||2000 W||2200 W|
|GE-3000||2400 W||2600 W|
|GE-5000UK||5000 W||5500 W|
|GE-7000UK||7000 W||7500 W|