For private, home or recreational use, generators have power ranges that start at 2 kW and go up to 7 kW (enough to power an entire home). The first thing you'll need to do is determine your wattage requirements by making a list of the essential appliances and equipment that will be running. Add up the wattage requirements, then multiply that number by 1.5, as appliances will need extra wattage to power the startup. By checking the product manual or the indications on the appliance, you will find the wattage specified. Here are just a few appliances, with an average wattage, just to give you an idea which range your total will fall under.
- Microwave: 600-1,200 Watts
- Hairdryer: 800-1,500 Watts
- Refrigerator: 700-1,200 Watts
- Freezer: 500-1,200 Watts
- Washing machine: 1,200 Watts
- 1/3-hp sump pump: 800 Watts
- Television: 300 Watts
- Laptop computer: 250 Watts
- 10,000-BTU air conditioner: 1,500 Watts
Using the numbers you calculated, find the generator that best suits your energy needs.
|Generator Model||Running (Rated) Watts||Starting Watts|
|GE-3000||2400 W||2600 W|
|GE-5000UK||5000 W||5500 W|
|GE-7000UK||7000 W||7500 W|