Losing power in your home can be a major problem during a storm, but that’s where a portable generator can be your best tool. The smaller size and ease of a portable generator make it simple to transport your power wherever you need it. Choosing the right generator for those needs can be a bit of a tall task though, so we have you covered with the best portable generators of 2020.
1. Champion Power Equipment 100263C Portable Generator
Topping our list of best portable generators of 2020 is the Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel 100263C, which is perfect for any home or RV owner. The 100263C has the ability to run on either gasoline or propane, which makes this generator very versatile. This portable generator comes RV ready right out of the box with a 120V 30A RV. It also includes two 120V 20A household outlets and a 12V DC outlet with a dual USB adapter. The 100263C will run for 7.5 hours at 25% load using gasoline, with 3100 running watts. It will run for 14.5 hours at 25% load when using a 20 lb. propane tank, running at 2790 watts.
|Run Time @ 1/4 Load:||7.5 hrs|
|Noise Level:||59 dB|
2. Honda EU2200i Portable Generator
The Honda EU2200i’s GXR120 motor delivers a quiet, smooth, and fuel-efficient performance. This Honda generator operates at 48 to 57 dB(A), which is less than a usual conversation. The EU2200i features a fuel-efficient Eco-Throttle system, which automatically adjusts the engine speed to an optimum level, given the usage load. This generator can also be paired with a like model via parallel connection for double the power. Honda recently updated the EU2200i to the EU2200IG. The EU2200IG has all the features of the previous model but features the addition of CO-MINDER, which continuously monitors carbon monoxide levels and automatically shuts the generator down before levels get too high.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||4.05 hrs|
|Noise Level:||62 dB|
3. Champion Power Equipment 100297C Portable Generator
The Champion 100297C features top-end technology combined with high-level power. An electric start, that includes Cold Start Technology, ensures a quick start in the coldest conditions with the push of a button. The 100297C’s Intelligauge makes it easy to monitor power output and track when the generator needs maintenance. You can prevent overloads with the generator’s Volt Guard built-in surge protector, keeping your equipment safe.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||8 hrs|
|Noise Level:||74 dB|
4. Ford FG11050PBE Portable Generator
The Ford FG11050PBE is one of the most powerful generators not only on this list but in its class as well. Its 457cc engine with 20 ft./lbs. of torque make this generator a good fit for everyday use and during emergency power outages. The FG11050PBE features the ability to transfer easily between gas and propane power with its Switch-N-Go technology, even while the generator is in operation. This generator features two duplex 120V 20A GFCI outlets, one 120V 30A twist-lock outlet, and one 120/240V AC 50A twist-lock outlet.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||9.5 hrs|
|Noise Level:||78 dB|
5. Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment WGEN9500 Portable Generator
The Westinghouse WGen9500 offers comfortable portability and the power of a traditional generator. With 12,500 peak watts and 9,500 running watts, the portable generator ensures any home is ready to be up and running during an outage. Never-flat wheels, foam grip handle, and lift bracket make the WGen9500 easy to transport around the jobsite, home, or lift into the back of a travel trailer. The generator’s 457cc 4-stroke OHV engine runs for up to 12 hours on a 6.6-gallon tank, ensuring you stay running through the day.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||12 hrs|
|Noise Level:||74 dB|
6. Champion Power Equipment 100110C Portable Generator
The Champion 100110C is built with safety and convenience at the forefront. With 11,500 starting watts and 9,200 running watts, this generator can handle everything from lights to furnace blowers. Your equipment is always safe with the generator’s Volt Guard built-in surge protector, which prevents overloads. For additional safety, all 6 of the 10110C’s outlets have covers. The 7.7-gallon gas tank allows for up to 10 hours of power at 50% load, keeping things running smoothly.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||10 hrs|
|Noise Level:||74 dB|
7. Westinghouse Power Equipment WGEN7500DF Portable Generator
The Westinghouse WGEN7500DF is a great solution for both homeowners and professionals to keep things running during a power outage. It has two GFCI 120V duplex outlets and an L14-30R 120/240 twist-lock receptacle for a manual transfer switch. The biggest feature of the WGEN7500DF is the run-time, coming in at 16 hours at 25% load, which is ahead of comparable generators. A built-in extendable handle and never-flat wheels make this generator easier to move around the jobsite.
|Run Time @ 1/4 Load:||16 hrs|
|Noise Level:||52 dB|
8. Champion Power Equipment 76533 Portable Generator
The Champion 76533 combines versatility and convenience to make the perfect portable generator for both your home and while on the go. The 76533 features an electric start, plus Cold Start technology to ensure you get the generator going easily during those cold winter months. This generator’s 224cc engine produces 4,750 starting watts and 3,800 running watts during its 9-hour run time at 50% load. For added convenience, the generator has plenty of outlets with a 120V 30A RV, a 120V 30A locking outlet, and two 120V 20A household outlets.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||9 hrs|
|Noise Level:||68 dB|
9. Generac 7686G Portable Generator
The Generac GP8000E features a piece of technology that sets it ahead of its competitors. The portable generator’s PowerRush Advanced Technology delivers over 30% more starting capacity, so it allows you to do more work with less power. The GP8000E’s 11-hour run time at 50% load puts it on the higher end of comparable generators in its class. It is also one of the lighter generators based on it generators with similar wattage. Its weight, along with the fold-down locking handle, make it easier to transport this Generac generator around the jobsite.
|Run Time @ 1/2 Load:||11 hrs|
|Noise Level:||70 dB|
10. EGO PST3042 Portable Generator
The EGO PST3042 is the only generator on this list that is battery powered. It produces zero noise and emissions, making it perfect for keeping your appliances running during a power outage. The PST3042 features three 120V A/C Outlets and four USB ports to run everything from your fridge to your cell phone. It can power a 15-amp circular saw for 520 cuts making it perfect for the jobsite and it’s great for tailgating as it can power an 8o-watt 40-inch LED TV for 8 hours.
|Run Time:||5.6 hrs|
|Noise Level:||0 dB|
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