4 things to consider when purchasing a portable generator

Portable Generators

Kingspoint Small Engine in Brampton understands the importance of having an alternate source of electrical power in the event of a power outage due to a snowstorm or other emergency.

Small mobile generators are also convenient for camping in remote areas, or when you’re remodelling your home and either the power needs to be shut off or it doesn’t reach the work area.

There are many models of portable electric power generators to choose from, so it’s important to consider some factors so that you can select the one that is most economical and serviceable, particularly in an emergency situation.

•    Fuel tank capacity: The size of the tank will determine how long the small portable electric generator will run. However, consumption rates may differ among models, so ask about energy efficiency when purchasing. Gasoline-powered generators are the most common, for convenience, but there are also models that run on propane or natural gas.

•    Power output: Tally up the wattage of the appliances or tools you will be running at the same time to ensure you select a generator that will cover the load. Bear in mind that devices with electric motors may need extra wattage to start up, which can increase requirements.

•    Portability and convenience: If you’re going to be toting the portable energy generator, you want it to be easy to move, so weight will be a factor. Some larger-scale portable generators will have wheels. Also look for ones that operate with an easy touch starter, as some designs can be hard to start.

•    Maintenance: Failing to have any portable generator regularly serviced can be very detrimental to its ability to run properly. Kingspoint Small Engine offers preventative maintenance services and repairs for generators and all types of small engines.