What to Expect From a Portable Generator While Camping

When you consider a portable generator for camping you need to look into the positives and the negatives that come with it. This will help you decide which generator has the most beneficial attributes and will still be within your price range.

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Power Rating Your Portable Generator

The first step is to decide what electric items you will be taking camping and which ones will be operating at the same time. If you will be running a hair dryer “1875 watts” or a “microwave oven 1250 watts” you will need to add the wattage to the “lights 120 watts” or the “floor heater 1500 watts” to get a total. Use this total to get a good idea of what size portable generator you will need. The wattage used by these items will differ according to brand and size. Also look at the amperage rating of the portable generator. Make sure not to overload the outlets available on the generator.

Once you get an idea on the power you need you will look at the portable generator running watts. The running watts can be different than the starting watts or maximum power output which can give a false impression of the generators capabilities. Remember the closer a portable generator gets to its maximum output the harder it works. This causes more noise from the unit and more fuel consumption.

How Portable is the Generator

The next step is to look at shipping size and weight. Get a portable generator that you will be able to handle and move around. Just because it is called a portable generator doesn’t mean it is easy for one person to handle. Some generators will come with wheels to help with this. Next make sure the portable generator and fuel containers will fit along with the rest of your camping supplies. Compact generators are handy when space is an issue.

Fuel for Portable Generators

Portable generators run on different kinds of fuels including: gas, gas/oil mix, diesel, and propane. Choosing which fuel is best depends on the availability and price in your particular area. If you have a sensitive nose you should stay away from the oil based fuels.

Portable Generator Options

Sound level is another item to look at when choosing a portable generator. Your camping tent is rather thin and will make it more difficult to sleep with a noisy generator running. Low noise portable generators are a great way to go when sleeping outdoors or in a tent. If you are sleeping in a camper the noise level will not be as critical due to the extra insulation.

Some portable generators come with a built in power inverter. This will allow you to run 12 volt DC items from the same unit. This is also very handy when fishing. These can be used to charge 12 volt deep cycle trolling batteries keeping you on the lake even longer. The inverter will also allow you to charge your automotive battery in case of an emergency.

Storage boxes for generators can be added to campers to reduce the hassle of moving your generator around and trying to find storage space. A generator storage box will also help to muffle the sound output to make it less noticeable.

Portable generators are great to have when power is not available. A portable generator will open up many different cooking, lighting, heating, and entertainment options that would not be available without one. Generators are a huge help during emergency situations giving power for heat, light, and other critical needs when needed most.

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