There are many types of generators, including those used to meet the emergency, recreational, and professional needs. The most important thing to determine before buying a generator is exactly how you intend to use it.
Emergency Portable Generators
Emergency portable generators can kick on in the event of power outages and are ideal to power a few pieces of equipment or appliances during an outage. Before purchasing one, consider how much wattage you think you will need. Wattage could range from 4,000 to 62,000 watts. Lower wattage generators can fuel basic home appliances when the power fails, but they will not be able to power the entire house. If you want to power all the appliances and lights in your home or business, you should opt for generators with higher wattages. These generators can run on gasoline, diesel or liquid propane.
Recreational generators are popular for powering small devices used for camping and other outdoor activities. People who buy recreational generators usually choose low-wattage generators because they weigh less, take up less space, and are easy to transport.
Industrial generators have powerful engines and large gas tanks. Their range can be from a 10kW to 2,500kW or more. They are designed to run for many hours and provide electricity to a variety of applications. They are often used on job sites where the demand for electricity is high. You have probably seen industrial generators at construction sites in areas that are not connected to the regular power grid. Due to the roughness of these generators, they are usually power by industrial diesel engines.