I hope this review of these two Quality Electric Start Portable Generators will give you a hand.
Whether we live in the most stable developed part of a State, or out there in the wilds, there are always times when the mains energy will fail, leaving you and your family, (or office), in the dark.
Actually much more than in the dark, as in our modern world almost everything we do, we do with electricity. Cooking, heating and cooling, refrigeration and entertainment to name just the big ones. Deprive your house, workshop or office of those functions, and BOY does the day pass slowly!
I have had a look at the wide range of types and sizes of portable generators out there, and have honed my recommendation down to these two quality gasoline powered generators; that I suggest would be suitable for an average home.
1) The Yamaha 2k Watt 79cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator.
This well built and reliable unit, (pictured below), is from a brand you know and can trust. It comes in at around $1360.00 if you shop around as I did. At first glance it is of a significantly different shape to most other units in its class. Actually it looks to me more like a generator mechanics tool kit from past years! But it is packed with features and output.
Here are some of the main features:
- 1600 watt rated AC output, 2000 watt maximum AC output, 13.3/16.7 amps @ 120V
- Super-quiet muffler with USFS-approved spark arrester - 51.5 dBA at 1/4 load
- Smart Throttle varies engine speed based on load - improves fuel economy and reduces noise
- Inverter system with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) control
- CARB Compliant
Notice the last feature - CARB Compliant. That means it is approved for use in California, with that State currently having the nations most rigorous carbon emission laws. Hey, even if you're not in California, you can be assured that you are assisting our environment by choosing this model. Also, having an inverter means you can safely plug in sensitive electronics like laptops, tablets and hand phones.
Here are some comments from folks who have chosen to invent in this Yamaha Generator:
"This is a very high quality unit, nicely designed. I chose it over the Honda Eu2000i because it has a fuel gage and is a hair lighter (2 pounds), and liked the styling better."
"I give the Yamaha EF2000iS five stars hands down for the price and performance. I'm really happy I didn't go ahead and go with a knock off lesser brand. It was well
worth the extra money for something that's going to be reliable and dependable."
"This little gem arrived to me in perfect condition. Kudos to Amazon for their quick delivery time."
Hmm, some happy customers there.
The other generator that I was most impressed by is this one, the DuroMax 4.4k Watt 7.0 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Electric Start
As you can see from the picture below, this Duromax model looks more like a traditional generator, however how kind and thoughtful of them to supply it factory fitted with sturdy wheels and a carry frame.
Some of its other best features include:
- 4400 Watt Surge/3500 Watt Continuous
- 4 Gallon Gas Tank/8 Hour Run Time
- Electric Key Start/Includes Battery
- EPA Approved
- Automatic Low Oil Shut Off
Given that most times a power cut happens at the most inconvenient time, isn't it good to know that you have that easy electric start right there?
Let's hear some comments from customers who have bought this unit, at just under $500:
"This is an excellent generator for the money. The voltage regulation is excellent. Amazing output for it's size along with being very quiet for the output that it has."
"... this, unit has operated top flight, very quiet and handling the load very good. We are well pleased with the purchase and hope to experience many years of service"
"I've been researching portable generators for months prior to deciding on this one. Honestly, I could not be happier with my choice. The product is quality built."
Again, no complaints from these satisfied buyers.
So, wherever you live, thank goodness for mains electric, but be a good Boy Scout and always be prepared!
Take care now.
Amazon Price: $599.99 $399.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 21, 2015)