Portable Generators are extremely useful to have for power outages, camping, RV’ing, and general outdoor usage. Lightweight and easy to transport, these devices generate electricity efficiently and can power up a great deal of appliances both inside or outside your home and, most importantly, in the heart of nature, when you are going on a camping trip and you still want to use an electric mini-stove or perhaps charge your electric scooter. There is quite a wide variety of models available both online and in physical stores, so we tried to bring together a list with 8 of the most reliable and overall best portable generators that money can buy. We based our list on consumer reviews from a variety of sources, publicly available information on best sellers, and company reputation. Generators with major flaws were disqualified.
4.4 gallon tank
Run Time: 16 Hours Watts: 7500 running, 9500 peak Outlets: Four 120V outlets; one 120/240V transfer switch outlet Weigh: 192 lbs
★★★★★ Best For Heavy Usage
The WGen is a true behemoth in the world of portable generators, with 7500 rated watts and 9500 peak watts, this high quality machine is able to power all of your house appliances and can run for around 16 continuous hours on a 4.4 gallon fuel tank at 25% load. It features a one-touch push-button electric start with an included remote start key fob to conveniently get you set up right away, making it the easiest and most comfortable to use portable generator ever.
The Westinghouse has a user friendly and intuitive control panel, one 30-amp and two 20-amp outlets, this inverter being ideal for powering anything from a mere laptop that takes 200 running watts to an electric water heater that draws 4000 watts or even a central AC unit of 40,000 BTU that needs 6000 watts and can heat a 2,000 square foot room. The WGen7500 is really incredible! for the price of only $850 delivering more than any other competing generator on the market!
0.95 gallons tank
Run Time: 8.1 hours Watts: 2200 running Outlets: Built in 30 amp outlet Weight: 46.5 lb
★★★★★ Best Lightweight
The Honda EU is a 2200-watt portable generator that is not only extremely efficient and reliable, but it also is incredibly silent, operating at 48 to 57 decibels, which, when you think about it, would mean that it’s even quieter than a casual conversation between two people. It works at 15 amps for household appliances such as Tvs, laptops or driers and at 8.4 amps for charging batteries or small devices like tablets or phones.
This generator was subjected to intense testing and it was the only one to perform almost perfect, starting at a single pull every time it’s very convenient for people who might not be that physically strong. The tank can hold 0.95 gallons of fuel, but paired with the ultra-efficient GXR120 engine, the fuel consumption will be perfectly optimized to produce a high-quality, consistent delivery of power and to keep the generator working for 8.1 hours at one quarter load.
1 gallon tank
Run Time: 6 hours Watts: 2000 starting, 1600 rated Outlets: Two three-prong 120V, one 12V DC, one 5V USB port Weigh: 48 lb
★★★★★ Best Performance Lightweight
Wen is a popular choice for the best portable generator, in fact being on Amazon’s Choice list for the best and most reliable devices and having no less than 705 reviews and an average rate of 4.4 out of 5 stars. It has a 2250 watts output and two 15 amp outlets, as well as two 5 volt USB ports ideal for charging your phone in the woods. The power it produces is both clean and steady so you can safely charge or plug in laptops, Tvs, tablets or other more pretentious or expensive devices without risking their destruction from a sudden surge of power.
The Wen 56225i has a one-gallon fuel tank and a half-load run time of 6 hours, operating at about 53 decibels and maximizing fuel economy if you activate the Eco-Mode. This portable generator costs around 550 bucks and is the next best thing if you don’t want to spend about $1000 on the Honda.
1.06 gallons tank
Generac is the direct competitor of Honda, this company producing inverter generators since the 1970s. Their more recent model, the iQ2000 was released only in 2015, so it’s kind of fresh on the portable generators market. With 2000 starting watts and 1600 running watts, this gadget has a modern, sleek design and a capacity of 1.06 gallons of fuel, which makes it quite a bit more dependable than the Honda. The 13.3 amp power capacity is good enough for small electric devices, but it might stall larger ones, like a circular saw, for example.
On the plus side, the Generac iQ2000 has two nicely designed meters that show the amount of fuel available in the tank and the watts that are being drawn by the gadgets that are connected to the portable generator. And even though it might not be as powerful or as efficient as other devices, the Generac trumps them in terms of usability, being so intuitive and friendly that it could be operated by virtually anyone.
1.2 gallons tank
Run Time: 8 hours Watts: 2,300 starting, 1,800 running Outlets: Two 120-Volt outlets and 2 USB ports Weigh: 56 lbs
★★★★★ Best Overall Value
For only 600 bucks you get 2300 starting watts (and 1800 running) to power a great deal of electronic gadgets, the Ryobi RYI2300BTA being a portable, easy to carry generator that offers a lot of energy for a very low price without skipping on quality in order to cater to a large audience. With an on-board LCD that displays the fuel level, the runtime remaining and the load level, this inverter has dual rear wheels that make it extra comfortable to move wherever you might need it.
In comparison to the previous two generators we talked about, the Ryobi has a generous tank of 1.2 gallons, which makes it even more convenient to use, but you might find it a little hard to start after leaving it totally dry. A very useful trait that this contraption has is the dual 20-amp outlets that can power even the most energy “hungry” and pretentious appliance and together with the two USB outputs of 2.1 amps, the Ryobi looks like the gift that keeps on giving.
1.1 gallons tank
Silent, efficient and extremely compact, the Yamaha EF 2000 iSv 2 is a portable inverter generator that could easily stand next to the Honda EU2220i. With similar specs and costing as much as the aforementioned competitor, this gadget that turns fuel into electric power operates at 1600 to 2000 watts max, being able to power a good number of appliances at a steady flow, for an extended time.
The 16.7 amps at 120 volts output is fit for devices that draw a great deal of energy, so the Yamaha can be used in all sorts of situations and not just when the power is out and you need to keep your laptop running. With a tank that has a capacity of 1.1 gallons, this portable generator has a continuous operation time of 10 and a half hours at one quarter load. Not bad!.
1 gallon tank
A 2200-watt portable generator, the Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart P2200 has a 1-gallon fuel tank and can work constantly for about 8 hours at 25 percent load. Besides the two 120 volt, 20 amp outlets dedicated to serious machines like electric power drills or saws, this inverter also features a 5-amp USB port where you can recharge your smartphone or tablet. A nice and useful feature is the dedicated parallel connection port that allows you to connect two PowerSmart generators together for a bigger energy output and one less electrical cord blocking your wall outlet.
The Briggs & Stratton P2200 has a Quiet Power Technology that can be activated with the flip of a switch and it will automatically adjust the engine speed to reduce noise, save fuel and even help the generator run for a longer period of time. In fact, it can go as silent as 59 decibels, which is amazingly quiet. So quiet in fact, that you won’t even hear it while working.
1 gallon tank
The Champion 73540i is a great budget option, it costs only $470 and it doesn’t sport the elegant design of the other, more expensive, portable generators we had the chance to take a look at, but in terms of performance it’s as good as your 1000 bucks inverter. It can run for up to nine and a half hours on a single gallon of fuel at 25% load and it won’t be annoying or disturbing because it operates quietly at 53 decibels. The Champion has two 20 amp outlets that are perfect for powering up the appliances you take with you on a camping trip, for example.
This portable generator features 2000 starting watts and 1700 running watts, which means that it is able to sustain even the most power-drawing devices that need a nice and steady flow to work properly. the Champion 73540i is also perfectly safe to use for powering up your laptop or even more powerful gadgets such as a vacuum, TV or microwave.
Portable inverter generators are a great way to generate electricity to power your appliances!