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Best Portable Generators

These are our picks for the best portable generators available at ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com. These picks are made by our in-house generator expert, Jim Baugher.
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Many homeowners would like a standby generator, but they don't want to install an unsightly propane tank in their back yard. Their only option is a portable gasoline-powered generator with a big gas tank. The Generac GP17500E - 17,500 watt generator is the preferred choice because it's the largest portable generator available, generating enough juice to run a 5-ton air conditioner and a bunch more appliances.

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Contractors love it because it can power an entire job site. It includes nearly every type of plug imaginable, ranging from an ordinary household outlet to a powerful 50-amp straight-blade plug. Good luck trying to find a generator this big in stores. Better yet, good luck trying to bring it home in a tiny sedan. This generator was designed to be delivered directly to your door.

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This Generac inverter is very compact and significantly less money than the competitors. With an 800 watt inverter you can power a few small items for a decent price. Most people that are looking for a generator this small plan to run it at the campsite or to power a few lights, a laptop, a box fan or even charge a battery. One of the benefits of inverters are the clean power they produce. Another attractive feature to an inverter this small, is size. This item weighs less than 28…

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Generac 5791 iX800 - 800 Watt Portable Inverter Generator

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If you are looking for a small generator to run the basics like a refrigerator and sump pump, then you have picked the right model. This is our smallest generator and will power a few small appliances to get you through the storm. For this price you can get peace of mind that if you are home you can keep the food cold and the basement dry, but that's about it. If you want to add a few more small appliances we recommend you take a step up.

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Generac 5982 GP3250 - 3250 Watt Portable Generator

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We recommended Coleman Powermate camping generators for years. Now, those little Mega Pulse generators are equivalent to dial-up Internet service. New Inverter technology is making the traditional camping generator obsolete. They are smaller, quieter and produce cleaner electricity. Until now, they've been expensive too. Yamaha is one of the best when it comes to inverter generators. Consider this little 900 watt version as the "broadband" of new camping generators.

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Its engine was designed specifically for generators. It out runs competitive generator engines with an engine life that is three to four times longer. It also has an electric start engine for easy start up. It's sturdy. It's powerful. It's capable of tackling tough jobs or simply providing backup power to your home.

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It comes nicely equipped with an electric start Briggs & Stratton engine. Plus, it features an extra large, 7-gallon gas tank, which provides power for up to 9 hours at half load. The new 30471 also features a single side-mounted control panel with rubber covers protecting the outlets from the elements. This Briggs & Stratton generator is ideal for the homeowner looking to restore power to the majority of the house, minus the central air conditioner. A great generator.

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We recommend the EF3000iSEB because it features "Boost Technology". Basically, it has the ability to generate a surge of extra electricity for 10 seconds. Why is this important? If you plan to run an RV air conditioner, the extra boost is often needed to jump start the air conditioner. If you don't plan to power items with motors, the other Yamaha EF3000iSEH will serve you well. It's also a little cheaper.

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It comes with Yamaha's Pulse Width Modulation technology giving it that clean power when needed for those sensitive electronics such as your computer or laptop. Some of the other reasons this inverter comes in at the top is the 120/240V selector switch, electric start, remote start option and standard wheel kit. The Yamaha EF6300iSDE is their most advanced inverter generator ever that quietly cranks out up to 6300 watts of pure sine wave inverter power at 120 or 240 volts.

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The Generac XP series are engineered specifically with contractors and construction sites in mind. All models have the Generac OHVI® engine. These models are built to withstand extended job site use. We were lucky enough to open up one of these units and really get in there and check it out. It is a very high quality machine. Even the way the accessories are packed in the box tell you how much attention is given to this premium Generac portable line. This truly is a professional…

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