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How to Choose a Generator

When it comes to a <a title="Generators" href="http://www.atgstores.com/generators_1989.html" target="_blank">generator</a> the old adage applies: It’s better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. But, how do you know which generator to choose – especially if you’ve never had to use one before? There are a few different factors that can help you narrow your choices, and here they are: <strong>1. Power</strong> The issue of power can be broken down into two parts: what you want to power and how long you want to be able to power it. Most generator power outputs are measured in watts and, as you may expect, the higher the number the more power you get. Generators that range between 1,000 and 6,000 watts are great for a wide range of uses including camping, portable tool use and powering emergency lighting, while generators with 7,000+ watts may be used as standby power units for small-, medium- and even large-sized homes at the high end of the spectrum. <strong>2. Fuel</strong> Generators operate on many types of fuel and you may decide that you prefer one type over another. Common options include gasoline, diesel, propane and solar power. Naturally, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these options. For example, solar-powered generators have low operating costs and don’t create exhaust, but the power supply is limited and can’t be replenished without sunlight. Propane also burns more cleanly than gas or diesel, but it could end up being more expensive to operate for extended periods of time. <strong>3. Portability</strong> Some generators are built to stay in one spot while others are designed to be moved around. That’s easy enough, but then there are generators that come encased in rugged wheeled carts and others that are meant to be carried. Again, it will depend on your needs. If you’re buying a generator for emergency use only, you may want to go bigger and worry less about portability, but if you’d like the option of moving it around you might want to shoot for the middle of the road. <strong>4. Cost</strong> Last but never least is the amount you want to spend on a generator. Prices vary greatly, of course, and depend on output, fuel type, portability and other special features, like whether it runs silently (yep, those totally exist). When considering cost, also think about what it will take to power the unit and for how long. Better efficiency means cost savings over the long run. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help you choose the right generator for your emergency and portable power needs.
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