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Different Types of Generators

There are six primary types of generators that are commonly used:

  • Industrial
  • Inverter
  • Portable
  • Solar
  • Standby
  • Wind

The two most common generators found in residential settings are portable and inverter generators.

Portable generators

A portable generator is a device that generates electricity and can be easily carried or moved from one place to another.

Roughly the size of a Coleman Portable Cooler with Wheels, portable generators are typically powered by gasoline, and propane.

Similar to standby generators, higher-grade portable generators like Champion Power #100416 and Duromax XP13000HXT can also be powered by natural gas.

However, there are no residential portable generators fueled by diesel.

You do need to keep in mind that portable generators are often used as a temporary power source during power outages, as a backup power source for outdoor events, or as a source of power for tools or equipment that are used away from an electrical outlet.

Portable generators come in a variety of sizes, with different wattage ratings to power a wide range of devices, including lights, appliances, tools, and medical equipment.

Heavy-duty portable generators can also power air conditioning/furnace.

Standby generators (for residential use)

Standby generators used in residential setting are backup power systems that automatically provide electricity to a home in the event of a power outage.

It only take few seconds to detect power loss and start the generator to ensure that a home has a reliable source of electricity.

These systems are connected to your home’s natural gas or propane supply, and depending on the size of the generator and your home’s electrical needs, it can power the entire home.

Standby systems are a good option for people who live in areas with frequent power outages or who want to ensure that their home has a reliable source of electricity during an emergency.

Inverter generators

If you need to power sensitive electronics and appliances, you want a “clean power” that can only be generated by an inverter generator.

Dirty power, also referred to as “choppy” or “low-quality” power, refers to an unstable or fluctuating electrical current.

This type of power can be produced by a variety of sources, including dirty power generators, damaged electrical wiring, or malfunctioning electrical devices.

Dirty power can cause problems for a variety of electrical devices, including appliances, computers, and other electronic equipment.

To protect against dirty power, you can use a power conditioner or a voltage stabilizer.

These devices are designed to smooth out fluctuations in the electrical current and provide a stable power supply for your devices.

You can also use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which is a device that provides a temporary power supply for your devices in the event of a power outage.

Clean power, also known as “pure” or “stable” power, refers to an electrical current that is free of fluctuations or disruptions.

Clean power is essential for powering sensitive electronic equipment and appliances, as it helps to ensure that these devices function properly and do not become damaged.

Inverter generators use an inverter to convert the raw electricity into a clean, stable current.

Inverter generators are generally more expensive than dirty power generators, but they are a good choice for people who need to power sensitive equipment such as laptops, phones, and tablets. They are often smaller and quieter than other types of generators.

Industrial generators

These are very large generators that are used in industrial and commercial settings to provide power to factories, warehouses, and other large facilities.

They are typically powered by diesel fuel and are built to withstand heavy use.

Solar generators

Solar generators use solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity.

They are often used in remote locations or in situations where access to other types of fuel is limited.

Wind generators

These generators use wind turbines to generate electricity.

They are often used in remote locations or in situations where access to other types of fuel is limited.


When choosing a generator to power your home, you should consider the following factors:

  • Power output: How much power do you need the generator to produce? Make sure to choose a generator that can meet your power needs
  • Fuel type: Generators can be powered by a variety of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, propane, and natural gas. Consider which fuel is most readily available and cost-effective for you
  • Portability: Do you need the generator to be portable? If so, you’ll want to choose a lighter model with carrying handles
  • Noise level: Some generators can be quite loud, which can be a nuisance if you plan to use it in a residential area. Look for a model with a low decibel rating if noise is a concern
  • Run time: How long do you need the generator to run? Make sure to choose a model with a sufficient fuel tank or that can be easily refilled
  • Brand reputation: Research different brands and read reviews to get an idea of their reliability and customer satisfaction
  • Maintenance requirements: Some generators require more maintenance than others. Consider the time and resources you have available for maintenance before making a decision

There are many different inverter generators on the market, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and budget.