Portable Inverter Generator

What is an Inverter Generator?

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A portable inverter generator works entirely differently than a portable standard generator by generating a 3-phase AC power at a high frequency. It’s than converted to direct current and then back to alternating current so it can be used by electronic equipment and appliances. Most of these portable inverter generators are easy to carry anywhere that requires electricity because they are lighter in weight verses the standard generators that are heavier and more difficult to move around even with the wheels.

The inverter generator provides output that is clean power and will not cause fluctuations in voltage which happens with traditional generators. A sudden fluctuation of power is dangerous to many high-tech and sensitive electronics such as computers, iPads and Tablets.

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Power Outages

Many home owners experience a power outage sometime during the year. If they should occur more often, you need to consider having a generator to fill the darkness when the outages happen. A generator can keep necessary appliances and lights on during these times. You can have a peace of mind in the future knowing you are covered if and when an outage happens.

The most important decision is to decide which appliances and important tools need to be used during a blackout. Some of the most important ones are: furnace, oven, microwave, refrigerator, sump pump, freezer, TV, and lights or a combination of these. Items that need to be running during an outage will vary from family to family.

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You also have to make a decision on which type of generator you need for your home or apartment. The choices are:

  • Inverter Generators
  • Standard Generators
  • Stationary Generators

Depending upon your specific needs will determine which type of generator you should buy. The goal is to secure a generator that will supply all of the running watts needed for the electrical appliances you want on during an outage.

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Differences Between Inverter and Standard Generators

A portable inverter generator is different than a portable standard generator in the following ways:

  • Inverter generators converts AC to DC and back to AC for “clean power” electricity for computers and any device using a compressor. Portable generators do not have a steady flow of electricity which can cause issues with sensitive equipment.
  • The motor on the inverter will adjust to the load which saves on fuel costs (on average of 40%) verses a regular generator that has the engine running at a constant speed of 3600 RPM’s, regardless of the load, which increases fuel consumption. To increase running time on a conventional generator, you need to either have a larger gas tank or lessor watts being cranked out.
  • You can connect additional inverters to an existing one (provided it’s the same model and a proper connector) to increase the power verses regular generators you cannot.
  • They are lightweight, compact and portable verses conventional generators that are bulky and heavier.
  • If you are concerned about the environment, inverter generators give off less carbon emissions than conventional generators.
  • Generally inverter generators give off less noise in decibels verses a conventional generator due to motor adjusting to the work load thus decreasing the noise.
  • Inverter generators models come between 500 to 4,000 watts verses conventional generator models that run anywhere from 500 to 50,000 watts.
  • Inverter generators are more expensive than conventional generators for the same identical wattage. However, as more of them come to the market, prices will be coming down.

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Inverter Generator Models

Inverter generator models come in various wattage outputs for your needs. Wattage outputs run from under 500 to 4000 watts of peak power. You will need to determine how much wattage will be needed during a power outage in your local area.

Below are some steps to help you:

  • First, determine which appliances will be running when an outage strikes. Be sure to do this prior to an outage so everyone in the family knows which appliances will be on when the power goes out.
  • Second, look on the tag of each item and sum up the electrical wattage needed (Refer to the wattage chart below for assistance).
  • Third, some appliances require additional wattage to start them. This is know as surge watts.
  • Third, look for an inverter that produces the surge and running watts needed.
  • Fourth, in some cases, you will need to know the surge watts for an appliance if they will be running when starting-up the generator when a power outage hits. (Review the common household wattage chart below).
  • Fifth, a vast majority of these generators use gasoline to run. Be sure to have a sufficient supply of fuel on hand in case the outage should last more than 12 hours. Add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel to keep it fresh longer than thirty days.

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Common Household Wattage Chart

Review the wattage chart below to determine the wattage requirements for some of the most common household appliances.

COMMON HOUSEHOLD WATTAGES CHART
ITEM RUNNING WATTS SURGE WATTS
Furnace Fan Gas or Oil                     1/8 HP 300 500
1/6 HP 500 750
1/4 HP 600 1000
1/3 HP 700 1400
1/2 HP 875 2100
Refrigerator 700 2200
Microwave Oven 625 800
Coffee Maker 1750 0
Toaster 1050 – 1600 0
Electric Range/Oven 12,500 0
Well Pump:
1/3 HP 750 1400
1/2 HP 1000 2350
Sump Pump:
1/3 HP 800 1300
1/2 HP 1050 2150
Lights On bulb
Television 300 0
Garage Door Opener:
1/4 HP 550 1100
1/3 HP 750 1400
Portable Heater 100-1500 0
Hair Dryer 1100-1600 0
Iron 1200 0
Water Heaters:
Gas 500 1500
Electric 7000-7500 0
Computers:
Desktop 600-800 0
Notebook 200-250 0
Monitor 200-250 0
Printer 400-600 0
Fax Machine 600-800 0
Cordless Telephone 100 0

Keep in mind that tools and appliances with electric motors require additional surge wattage at startup that can be double or triple the normal running wattage requirement. Look at the surge watts required and make sure you choose a generator with enough additional wattage to start them. (And remember that you’re typically not starting more than half of the items at the same time.)

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Inverter Generator Features

Some of the basic features will be provided here and they include:

  • Warranty
  • Starting or Peak Watts
  • Running Watts
  • CARB Compliant

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Warranty

Portable Inverter Generator | Briggs and Stratton Inverter Generator Basically the inverter generators come in two warranties 2-years or 3-years. The following generator models come with 2-years warranties: Hyundai, Champion, Energizer, Briggs & Stratton, Westinghouse, and Powerhouse.

The following generators come with a three year warranty: Yamaha, Honda, Lifan Energy Storm, Ryobi.

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Starting or Peak Watts

The starting or peak watts is the maximum number of watts the unit puts out. If the wattage load is exceeded, the motor can burn out.

  • Generator models under 1,000 peak watts: Earthquake
  • Generator models with peak watts between 1,000 and 2,000: Yamaha, Champion, Honda, SMD, and Briggs & Stratton
  • Generator models with peak watts over 2,000 and under 3,000: Hyundai, Westinghouse, Lifan Energy Storm, Energizer, Extreme Max, Powerhouse, Ryobi, and Honda
  • Generator models with peak watts 3,000 and up: Champion, Lifan Energy Storm, Porta Source

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Continuous Running Watts

The maximum number of watts the generator puts out after initial start-up load:

  • Models with running watts under 1,000: Earthquake and Yamaha
  • Models with running watts under 2,000: Yamaha, Westinghouse, Champion, Lifan Energy Storm, Honda, Briggs & Stratton, and Ryobi
  • Models with running watts under 3,000: Hyundai, Champion, Energizer, Powerhouse and Extreme Max
  • Models with running watts under 4,000: Lifan Energy Storm, Porta Source

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 CARB Compliant

Does the generator model comply with California emissions standards.

  •  Generators that do: Hyundai, Yamaha, Westinghouse, Champion, Honda, Energizer, Powerhouse and Extreme Max
  • The following models do not meet CARB Standards: Hyundai, Earthquake, Porta Source, Lifan Energy Storm, Briggs & Stratton and SMD

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Inverter Generator Comparison Chart

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Below is a comparison chart for the most popular inverter model brands on the market. You will need to do your due diligence in reviewing all of the information before making a decision on buying one that will best fit your needs. Prices on these models are provided but will vary from time to time due to the discounts being offered at the time the order is placed.

We have also provided links to the reviews for each of the inverter generator models to Amazon. You can safely read the good and bad reviews for each product before making a commitment on purchasing. Just click on the number in the Reviews category for the generator of interest. The reviews begin with the newest review listed first.

Note: The number of reviews listed below are subject to change due to customers buying the product after publishing this article.

A SHOP NOW link is also available just by clicking on the model of interest. You will be taken directly to the ordering page for the model selected.

Quick Shop & Compare

Inverter Generator Comparison Chart

Inverter Brands: Hyundai, Yamaha, Champion, Earthquake, Westinghouse, Honda, Lifan Energy Storm, Porta Source, Robi, Powerhouse, Briggs & Stratton, Extreme Max & SMD

Specifications and Features
Manufacture: Hyundai Hyundai Yamaha Earthquake Westinghouse Champion
ASIN: B004919NEK B00P9R4NRK B002RWK9N2 B00FL89I2W B00NHACROW B00BBDCE1S
Cost: $545.18 $675 $989.10 $285 $599 $850
Model: HY200si HY200si EF2000iS IG800W/11613 WH2000iXLT 75531i
Starting Watts: 2,200 2,200 2,000 800 2,200 3,100
Running Watts: 2,000 2,000 1,600 700 1,800 2,800
Volts: 120 120 120 120 120 120
Rated Amps: 20 20 16.7 5.8 15 30
HP/CC
3.8 HP/125cc 3.8 HP/125cc 79cc 40cc 79cc 5.5 HP
Low Oil Shutoff Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Powered By: Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas
Tank Size: 1.2 Gal. 1.2 Gal. 1.1 Gal. .6 Gal. 1.3 Gal. 1.58 Gal.
Runtime 50% Load: 5.5 Hrs. 5.5 Hrs. 10.5 Hrs. 8.2 Hrs. 13 Hrs. 4 Hrs.
Fuel Gage: No No Yes No No Yes
Hour Meter:
No No No No No No
Volt Meter:
No No No No No No
Amazon Rating:
3.7 3.7 4.6 4.3 3.7 4.5
Reviews:
143Customer Reviews For Hyundai HY2000si Generator 143Reviews For Hyundai HY2000si CARB Compliant Generator 292Reviews For Yamaha EF2000iS Inverter Generator 83Reviews For Earthquake IG800W Model 1163 Generator 15Reviews For Westinghouse WH2000iXLT Generator 106Reviews For Champion Model 75531i Generator
Origin:
China China Japan China China China
CARB Compliant: No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Weight: 70.6 lbs. 74 lbs. 44.1 lbs. 21 lbs. 43 lbs. 80 lbs.
Dimensions: 22x19x26″ 22x19x26″ 19x11x18″ 16x8x14″ 18x20x13″ 24x19x20″
Warranty: 2-Years 2-Years 3-Years N/A 2-Years 2-Years
Noise: 64 dB 64 dB 51-61 dB 58 dB 59 dB 58 dB
SHOP NOW HyundaiHyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator HyundaiHyundai HY2000siCa Portable Inverter Generator, 2200-watt YamahaYamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant, Blue EarthquakeEarthquake IG800W Model 11613 Portable 800-Watt Inverter Generator with 40cc 4-Cycle OHV Viper Engine (CARB Compliant) WestinghouseWestinghouse WH2000iXLT Parallel Capable Digital Inverter Generator with Running 1800-watt and Starting 2200-watt ChampionChampion Power Equipment No.75531i Inverter Generator, 3100-watt
Specifications and Features
Manufacture: Champion Lifan Energy Storm Yamaha Lifan Energy Storm Honda Porta Source
ASIN: B0041K09D8 B006P1V5TS Boo2RWK9LY B004Y74TXO B005ND19AE B00P2FOX60
Cost: $588.49 $1,016.64 $791.10 $376 $1,250 $999.99
Model: 73536i ESI 3600iER EF1000iS ES2200sc EU2000i IG3200W
Starting Watts: 2,000 3,500 1,000 2,200 2,000 3,200
Running Watts: 1,700 3,300 900 1,800 1,600 N/A
Volts: 120 120 120 120 120 120
Rated Amps: 8.3 30 8 8.3 16.7 N/A
HP/CC
80cc 177cc 50cc 3 HP 98.5cc 149.5cc
Low Oil Shutoff Yes No Yes No Yes No
Powered By: Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas
Tank Size: 1 Gal. 3.5 Gal. .66 Gal. 2 Gal. 1.1 Gal. 3.4 Gal.
Runtime 50% Load: 5 Hrs. 7 Hrs. 8 Hrs. 7.5 Hrs. 4 Hrs. 8.5 Hrs.
Fuel Gage: No No No No No No
Hour Meter:
No No No No No No
Volt Meter:
No No No No No No
Amazon Rating:
4.3 3.8 4.4 3.6 5.0 5.0
Reviews:
74Reviews For Champion 73536i CARB Compliant Generator 9Customer Reviews For Lifan ESI 3600iER Generator 54Customer Reviews For Yamaha EF1000iS Generator 14Customer Reviews For Lifan Model ES2200sc Generator 2Reviews For Honda Model EU2000i Generator 2Customer Reviews For Porta Source Model IG3200W Generator
Origin:
China USA Japan China Japan China
CARB Compliant: Yes No Yes No Yes No
Weight: 70.6 lbs. 74 lbs. 44.1 lbs. 21 lbs. 43 lbs. 84 lbs.
Dimensions: 22x19x26″ 22x19x26″ 19x11x18″ 16x8x14″ 18x20x13″ 24x13x20″
Warranty: 2-Years 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years 3-Years N/A
Noise: 53 dB 57 dB 47-57 dB 65 dB 53-59 dB 60 dB
SHOP NOW ChampionChampion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) Lifan Energy StormLifan Energy Storm ESI 3600iER 3600 Watt 270cc 4-Stroke OHV Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator with Remote Start/Stop Key Fob and Portability Kit with Wheel Locks YamahaYamaha EF1000iS 1,000 Watt 50cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) Lifan Energy StormLifan Energy Storm ES2200sc 2200 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Suitcase Generator HondaHonda EU2000i Super Quiet Portable Gas Powered Generator Power Inverter 2000, 120V Porta SourcePorta Source IG3200W Portable Invertor Generator
Specifications and Features
Manufacture: Energizer Briggs & Stratton Powerhouse Ryobi Extreme Max SMD
ASIN: B00NSMI6AS B00CB9U6V6 B004RCQ05Q B00BJOBWV2 B006DB9EB6 B00LH4N1K4
Cost: $746.99 $649 $673.55 $555.66 $799.99 $799.99
Model: eZV2800 30553 PH2100PRi RYI2200 EXT3000 SMDIG-0012
Starting Watts: 2,800 2,000 2,100 2,200 2,800 2,000
Running Watts: 2,600 1,600 2,000 1,800 2,600 N/A
Volts: 120 120 120 120 120 120
Rated Amps: N/A 13.3 16.7 20 N/A N/A
HP/CC
5.3 HP/149cc N/A 4.35 HP 106cc N/A N/A
Low Oil Shutoff Yes Yes No No No No
Powered By: Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas Gas
Tank Size: 1.85 Gal. 1 Gal. 1.3 Gal. 1 Gal. 1.9 Gal. N/A
Runtime 50% Load: 8.2 Hrs. 4 Hrs. 7.5 Hrs. 5 Hrs. 10 Hrs. N/A
Fuel Gage: No No Yes No No No
Hour Meter:
No No No No No No
Volt Meter:
No No No No No No
Amazon Rating:
N/A 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.5 N/A
Reviews:
N/A 7Customer Reviews For Briggs & Stratton Model 30553 Inverter Generator 46Customer Reviews For Powerhouse Model PH2100PRi Inverter Generator 26Customer Reviews For RYOBI Model RYI2200 Inverter Generator 11Customer Reviews Extreme Max Model EXT3000 Inverter Generator N/A
Origin:
China China N/A USA N/A N/A
CARB Compliant: Yes No Yes No Yes N/A
Weight: 83 lbs. 50 lbs. 73 lbs. 51 lbs. 70 lbs. 31 lbs.
Dimensions: 22.2×20.1×13.8″ 21x14x17.4″ 22x11x19″ 15x13x24″ 21x22x12″ N/A
Warranty: 2-Years 2-Years 2-Years 3-Years N/A N/A
Noise: 65 dB 59 dB N/A 60 dB 58 dB 54 dB
SHOP NOW EnergizerEnergizer eZV2800 2,800 Watt Inverter Generator CARB Approved Briggs & StrattonBriggs & Stratton 30553 2000-Watt Inverter Generator PowerhousePowerhouse Model PH2100PRi 2100-Watt Inverter Generator CARB Compliant RyobiRYOBI Model RYI2200 2200-Watt Inverter Generator Extreme MaxExtreme Max Model EXT3000 Inverter Generator SMDSMD Model SMDIG-0012 2000-Watt Inverter Generator

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Shop Now Purchase Links

Below are the product purchase links for the inverter generator model that best fits your budget and wattage needs.

Hyundai HY2000siCa Portable Inverter GeneratorHyundai HY2000siCa Portable Inverter Generator
Hyundai HY2000siCa Portable Inverter Generator, 2200-wattHyundai HY2000siCa Portable Inverter Generator
Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator CARB CompliantYamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant, BlueYamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Champion Model 75531i 3100 Watt Inverter GeneratorChampion Model 75531i 3100 Watt Inverter Generator
Champion Power Equipment No.75531i Inverter Generator, 3100-wattChampion Model 75531i 3100 Watt Inverter Generator
Lifan Energy Storm Model ESI 3600iER Inverter GeneratorLifan Energy Storm Model ESI 3600iER Inverter Generator
Lifan Energy Storm ESI 3600iER 3600 Watt 270cc 4-Stroke OHV Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator with Remote Start/Stop Key Fob and Portability Kit with Wheel LocksLifan Energy Storm Model ESI 3600iER Inverter Generator
Yamaha Model EF1000iS Portable Inverter Generator CARB CompliantYamaha Model EF1000iS Portable Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Yamaha EF1000iS 1,000 Watt 50cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant)Yamaha Model EF1000iS Portable Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Lifan Energy Storm Model ES2200sc Portable Inverter GeneratorLifan Energy Storm Model ES2200sc Portable Inverter Generator
Lifan Energy Storm ES2200sc 2200 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Suitcase GeneratorLifan Energy Storm Model ES2200sc Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter GeneratorHonda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter Generator
Honda EU2000i Super Quiet Portable Gas Powered Generator Power Inverter 2000, 120VHonda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter GeneratorHonda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter Generator
Porta Source IG3200W Portable Invertor GeneratorHonda Model EU2000i Portable Inverter Generator
Energizer Model eZV2800 Portable Inverter Generator CARB ApprovedEnergizer Model eZV2800 Portable Inverter Generator CARB Approved
Energizer eZV2800 2800-watt Portable Inverter Generator, CARB ApprovedEnergizer Model eZV2800 Portable Inverter Generator CARB Approved
Powerhouse Model PH2100PRi Inverter Generator CARB CompliantPowerhouse Model PH2100PRi Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Powerhouse PH2100PRi 2100 Watt 125cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator With Remote Start (CARB Compliant)Powerhouse Model PH2100PRi Inverter Generator CARB Compliant
Ryobi Model RYI2200 Inverter GeneratorRyobi Model RYI2200 Inverter Generator
Ryobi 2200-Watt Digital Inverter Generator RYI2200Ryobi Model RYI2200 Inverter Generator
Extreme Max Model EXT3000 Electric Start Inverter GeneratorExtreme Max Model EXT3000 Electric Start Inverter Generator
Extreme Max EXT3000 Electric Start Inverter GeneratorExtreme Max Model EXT3000 Electric Start Inverter Generator
SMD Model SMDIG-0012 2000 Watt Inverter GeneratorSMD Model SMDIG-0012 2000 Watt Inverter Generator
1000/2000 Watt Digital Inverter Generator (Ultra Lightweight and Quiet) (2000 Watt)SMD Model SMDIG-0012 2000 Watt Inverter Generator

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