Best Selling Portable Generators


Portable generators are considered a ‘must-have’ for power outage situations. You will still need fuel to operate one, but so long as you have it, you will have electricity.

Here is a short list of current best selling, best rated (4-stars or better) portable generators.


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  1. Ken,

    While going through the big box store the other day, I noticed the Generic LP series…Yep it holds a 20# tank of LP to run the gen.

    Now we all know that gas will go bad, but stored Propane? Uber long life. Also the engine should last 2-4x’s as long since you don’t get the gunk found in most gas engines. @ 9 hours of run time on 50% load..Looked cool, and was about $700 for just under 3300 watts.

    1. That LP gas generator sounds interesting. I would be curious to know the brand and model if you remember what it was… Also, are you saying that it will use 10# of propane while running 9 hours at 50% load? That seems reasonable… If the SHTF though, it may be more difficult to find propane versus gasoline (unless you have your own big tank). But… gasoline will go bad after about 1 year, even if treated (apprx.). Hmmmm…..

      1. Ken,

        The manufacturer was Generac. The model number is LP 3250, and you can learn more at the website.

        As far as having enough fuel, I did a little walk by in my neighborhood. 13 of 15 homes have LP grills…As for me I have three #20 tanks, one on the grill and two back ups.. that’s just me being me…not prepping per se….So if things go south, there’s a good chance that in my little part of a 900+ home subdivision will have roughly 500 #20 LP tanks…people could leave them behind…or whatever. No out in the rural parts…people have 500-1000 gal. tanks…

        The great advantage I see is that unless you sleep below the tank (LP is more dense than air) its much safer than gas or diesel…A local delivery company selling milk and foodstuff showed me his LP truck…very cool. He said the engine will run twice as long as his old gas one. I’m off tangent…
        My point is it’s a cool set up, has the ability to use fuel that basically never goes bad, and it lasts longer (parts wise) than conventional equipment. Plus it looks cool when you strap on a 20# tank….as always love the site..

          1. LP generator, great stuff, first I’ve heard of it. Solves the fuel storage/rotating issue. Added to my ever growing list…Thank you very much for sharing.

      2. I hava a Yamaha 1K tri-fuel ($1200 already set up for gas, propane, or NG). It was expensive, but will run (very quietly) 12 hrs on 2 liters gasoline at 25% load. Also a champion 3500W max unit that was $200 at Home Despot a few years ago. The Yamaha could be run in the garage and vented through the ridge vent if need be. I have vent duct (beware using galvanized duct for woodstove vent pipe. When heated that high, it produces phosgene gas). I pulled out the Champion after not starting it for two years and it started first pull. It’s a cheapo, but doesn’t get much regular use.

  2. Never been a big fan of generators for any extended scenario unless there’s a real life-saving need (besides not missing your favorite tv shows). They’re good for a night or three but I think they’re more trouble than they’re worth much beyond that when considering fuel requirements and opsec, in particular.

  3. seemingly some grocery stores and broadcasters have or should have natural gas generators

  4. Ebay last month had DuroStar DS10000E, (10000/8000 Watt) generators with free shipping for: $749.99. About 250 below their normal price. That was about 1-2 weeks before thanksgiving’s Black Friday. I thing these Holidays are the best to start looking at Ebay and Amazon to get a reasonable deal on Portable Generators. Good Buying!
    OKC, OK

  5. Think reeeeeal hard about the big units. They use a lot of fuel. How much gasoline can you store?

  6. propane or gas for short term diesel for long term. construction portable tower light plant generators work good.5to6kw 220 volt single phase enough to run freezer fridge tv communication devises. quiet very low fuel consumption can store diesel for years. plenty of trucks and farm equipment that are diesel

  7. @ Ken, Hey have you done any more research on Gen-Sets lately? looking at a Gas/Propane unit, …. …. was just wondering what ya think? I did email em and asked about the engine, they say “same parts as the Honda” not that it makes a difference, but.
    And yea yea I know, Wally World, but cash in hand is cash in hand.

    1. @ Portable Generator

      Do a Google search for “Home Depot Smarter-Tools-7500W-Propane-LPG-and-Gasoline-Generator-with-Electric-Start-and-Battery”


  8. Hi guys, I was reading through the comments and thought I’d try to help out. I’ve been researching portable emergency generators off and on for a couple of years. Many good comments in this blog about what to look for and why. My additional “two cents”. We depend on electricity a lot, and as society runs into more and more unstable situations utilities will become less dependable. Think “third world country” status, because the “global elite’s” talk about us becoming third world a lot.

    Quality of power – if you plan on powering any electronics the generator needs to supply “Clean Power”. That’s +-5% Total Harmonic Distortion of the electricity. Most “inverter” generators have 5% THD, but the direct drive generators do Not, unless they specifically say so. Like this one – “Champion 3500wt Running / 4375wt Peak Portable Generator, 5% THD”

    Don’t overlook this, because those cheapo generators you see on sale frequently burn up electronics and tools. It’s not uncommon to find cheap generators producing 15% THD, you can kiss your beautiful TV good bye with that electricity. BTW, the standard for Utilities in the U.S. is 5% or less THD.
    Fuel – you guys already did a good job of covering fuel, the only thing I might add is that in many emergencies Natural Gas is still available and very cheap to run on. So a generator that can do all three can be valuable.

    Power output – 120volt is fine and dandy, but if you’re trying to power a Camper/RV or larger things at a home 240v might be a good option to have.

    Noise & Fuel – one big difference that’s often not talked about between a direct drive generator and an Inverter generator is Noise. Direct drives have to maintain a constant high rpm to produce that 60hz sine wave (120 volt, 60 hertz), usually about 3000 rpm. This makes them loud (target for thieves and curious mouchers) and use quite a bit of fuel. An Inverter Generator on the other hand makes it’s 60hz sine wave with its electronics.

    So it can vary the speed and noise based on your “load”. That usually makes them significantly quieter AND much more fuel efficient. When I was researching reliability it became clear from the hundreds of postings from peoples experiences that you should stick to the name brands. Honda, Yamaha, Champion, Generac – Like these bad boys –

    Yamaha Inverter Generator

    Theft – remember that emergencies are desperate situations, theft is rampant. One good way is to put the generator in your garage and leave the big door open with a 2 inch crack. Point a big fan at the generator and another fan point at the door crack.

    Electric Start – one last thing, never overlook the usefulness of having an electric start to help you convince your lady friend to buy a generator. They look at these big, ugly things and one of the first thoughts they have is “how the crap am I gonna start this thing when I need it?”. Then you show her the pretty button and “hmm, that’s doable” becomes the light bulb above her head. So there ya go, I hope this will help Ya’ll out. Stay safe folks

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