There are 3 main types of generators available, with each kind serving various functions:
This guide will explain how to choose a generator and highlight the types available, including the power output requirements, fuel needs and wattages necessary to run specific appliances and power tools.
Before choosing which type of generator will work best in case of a home power outage, you must first determine the wattage necessary to power all of your appliances.
Tip: Remember that starting wattage requirements may be as high as three or four times the required continuous wattage. Portable generators offer a higher surge wattage to help accommodate start-up requirements.
How to find your desired generator wattage:
Find the wattages of all the equipment you'd like to power with a generator using the chart provided.
For equipment with motors, double the wattage requirements - more power is necessary to start up these items. For these, you'll need a higher starting wattage but won't need the power to be that high.
Add up the wattage for everything to get your total required wattage.
Tip: This is approximate wattage only. Please refer to your appliances' owner's manuals for exact wattage.