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What's the best emergency generator to own?

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  • 1 month ago

    Honda probably has the best reputation. They don't make much noise, start easily, and are reliable. I got one about a year ago and it seems to work very well but thankfully have not had an emergency. One consideration is how you are going to safely store enough fuel to run the thing for any appreciable amount of time.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    One that works IMHO...and has a full tank of gas.

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  • 2 months ago

    Honda  >>>>>><<<

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  • 2 months ago

    Onan, bar none, used on every commercial and recreational vehicle needing on-board power. Used for telecommunications and cell site backup. I used mine daily for 13 years without failure, and retired with it it running in like new condition.. 

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  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    A nuclear power station.

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  • 2 months ago

    Whichever one can power what you need it to....

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  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    One you can afford

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  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    To answer this, we need to first establish what you're trying to do.

    In an emergency you want to take care of what matters most, which is generally your food storage. Having to cope with no lights is an inconvenience, losing hundreds of dollars in food can be a disaster.

    So read the information label inside your refrigerator and find its running amps. Multiply that by 120 (that's how many volts) and that gives you watts. Most refrigerators will get things done on 1000 watts or less.

    Also consider any freezers you might have.

    Add about 25% to cope with start up loads.

    That's the minimum. That keeps your refrigerators working.  Anything after that is a luxury and you have to decide how much luxury you're willing to pay for.  Don't forget that even when you're not using it, a generator requires regular maintenance.  After the emergency has already started is NOT the time to discover your genny badly needs an oil change, has clogged fuel filters, etc.

    Honda makes some excellent small generators that are reliable and relatively quiet, and are available with outputs over 7000 watts. That's enough to run the fridge, freezer and even the microwave or a toaster oven.

    After Honda, I would strongly consider Generac, whose whole deal is pretty much generators. They are very durable units.

    In any case, look strongly at units marked "inverter." These do a better job of providing clean power that won't mess with control electronics in your appliances, which is a thing these days. Used to be a fridge was either on or off, now it has to have a circuit board to think about stuff and needs non-noisy power.

    For in the house, strongly consider a few "power tanks" or similar that can be plugged in to charge quickly while the genny is running for appliances. You can run the generator for an hour or two to pull the refrigeration down, and then shut off to kill the noise. In that time the power tanks charge up and ensure you always have backup power for your cell phone and tablet, which will probably become your primary source of entertainment while otherwise powered down.

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  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There is no best, the best is the one that suits your needs.  Figure out exactly what it is you need, what your budget is, then start researching. There are load calculates on line you can use to find out what size you should be looking at.

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  • 2 months ago

    the reviews say that Honda generators are the best gasoline powered ones. And they cost quite a bit more than the one you get at Harbor Freight or Northern tools

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Only if you're in the market for a PORTABLE generator.

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