What should I look for in a portable generator?
A portable generator is handy when the power goes out during a storm or to provide electricity to equipment in a camper or on a boat. When shopping the selection of generators at Walmart, consider the following.
Portability: Your generator should be easy to move. Consider models with attached wheels. Generators for camping or boat trips should be small enough to fit in your equipment and have comfortable handles for carrying.
Safety: Most portable generators are gas-powered, and you cannot use them inside. Look for one you can position 10 feet away from your home while using it. If you live in a neighborhood that doesn't allow gas-powered machines, consider a generator that uses natural gas or propane.
How many watts do I need?
Your portable generator should produce enough watts to power the appliances you need to use when the electricity is out.
- Central air conditioner: 2,0004,000 watts
- Hot plate: 1,250 watts
- Microwave: 1,200 watts
- Refigerator or freezer: 600800 watts
- Sump pump: 1,500 watts
- Table lamp: 150 watts
- Television: 100350 watts
- Water heater: 3,0004,500 watts
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