Worried about blackouts, earthquakes, hurricanes or other disasters? Wondering how a portable generator works and if it might be helpful to you?
Here are some things to consider when shopping for a portable generator.
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How are portable generators powered?
Most portable generators are powered by gasoline. Some generators can also be powered by propane or natural gas.
If you only need a little power for a short time, you can buy a power inverter that allows you to convert 12-volt DC power from your car battery to 120-volt AC power for appliances in your home.
How much do portable generators cost?
For a generator that is suitable for powering several appliances in your home for hours at a time, the prices range from about $1000 to deluxe models that cost $10,000.
What are the things to look for when buying a portable generator?
Summary: You’re looking at power produced, fuel efficiency and storage, and running time.
Important things to remember from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: