Top Five Portable Generators – Top Picks & Reviews

A portable generator provides you with your power needs where cords don’t reach. It is very useful for you if you extensively go to areas where there is no power grid, and feel it necessary to carry electricity operated things with you. It is also very helpful in areas that are affected by the menace of power shortages or constant storms, both of which can lead to an unreliable power supply.

Top Five Portable Generators

With our top portable generator picks, never let such menaces keep you away from your daily life, and use your laptops, TVs, ACs, and whatever else you wish to, whenever and however you want!

DuoStar DS4000s


Our top pick comes in the form of this very portable generator from Duostar that should be enough for most of your daily needs. While not the highest capacity generator, this should be enough for most of our daily users to run a few electronics and offers flawless service that can not be bested by any other in terms of price. Get ready for a cheap thrill-ride that is bound to be memorable.

Quality

While the generator is not compliant with the CARB, it is approved by both CARB and EPA and boasts a high-quality sturdy build. It comes with a one year warranty on all parts, which while isn’t the best, should be enough for most of the users. With the air-cooling mechanism that is inbuilt into this generator, your machine should never overheat and get damaged due to that either!

Power

With a top limit of 4000 watts and a continuous supply of at 3300 watts, this generator should be able to meet any task that you throw at it. It does not, however, boast the highest limit in that terms and if you wish to use this generator to power up a larger area, you should consider shifting to one of the more powerful builds.

Runtime

The generator manages to overdo itself when it comes to the runtime. Running at 50% capacity, it should be able to last you up to 8 hours, which is more than enough for most of the daily consumers. For a low budget generator, it does not get much better than that!

Fuel tank size

At an astonishing 3.9-gallon storage tank, this generator should be able to take up enough fuel to not force you to go and feed the generator over and over again. You can now do your work without worrying about the machine shutting down due to the storage capacities.

Portability

A portable generator should be portable. The DuoStar recognizes this and presents you with a high level of portability, unmatched by almost anyone. At just 23 inches of length and 94 pounds, the built is really light given what it is capable of. While wheels are not attached, they can be, to ensure greater portability.

Noise

You would not want a generator that makes a lot of noise and disturbs both you and your neighbors. The Duostar is unfortunately not as great as noise reduction as it could be. For a relatively smaller model, it produces a high 69 decibels of noise, and you may have to take precautions to make it quieter by keeping it in a shed or the like.

Price

If there is one department that you can not outdo Duostar in, it is the price. At just under 350 dollars, you get a generator that can power up near 3300 watts and provide you with high storage as well as reasonable run time. It does not get much better than that! The fuel consumption is highly efficient as well.

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • High quality with warranty
  • High runtime
  • Reasonably high storage
  • Some standards are complied with
  • Enough power for most small-scale users
  • Very portable

Cons
  • Noisy
  • Not all standards are complied with
  • Limited warranty

Westinghouse WGen7500

While we have Duostar for those that require powering up only a few things at a time, that might not be the case for you. That is why our second pick comes in the form of a generator that can handle multiple items being plugged in at the same time as well. With the Westinghouse WGen7500, you should ideally face no issues at all unless you require running multiple high capacity devices ie. Air conditioners on a generator.

Quality

Westinghouse has put everything into their quality assurance. With their generator being compliant with the EPA, CSA, and Carb, you will only get the best of quality with this generator. The generator itself is built of high-quality materials, a steel cradle and rubber to protect the outer areas and other defensive mechanisms. To top it off, you are offered a 3-year warranty with lifetime technical support!

Power

Power is where Westinghouse excels. Offering a 9500-watt peak with a continuous running power of 7500 watts, you can plug in multiple highly demanding electronics onto this generator and still be in for a smooth ride!

Runtime

As if the amount of power that it can provide you with wasn’t enough, Westinghouse goes forth and provides you with an unmatched runtime as well. With 16 hours of constant power supply, you can now Netflix and chill, binge-watch the series you have always wished to, all in the peace of mind that your generator is not turning off anytime soon.

Fuel tank size

This generator definitely has an appetite for fuel. Taking up to 6.6-gallons of gasoline in a go, you can rest without having to feed it over and over again. Not a lot of generators of this range can boast fuel tanks of this size and caliber.

Portability

Despite being a promising generator overall, it perhaps fails us in portability. Weighing at 200 pounds, and with a 27-inch length, the wheels do little to help with the portability. Get ready for heavy-duty work if you wish to carry this around!

Noise

Noise reduction seems to be well within the companies cue. Despite being a heavy-duty generator, the noise produced by it manages to stick to a very healthy 64-decibel limit, lower than our top pick!

Price

With so many wonderful features, this was not going to come cheap. With a near 800 dollar price tag, this generator will not be easy on your pockets. None the less, given the heavy loads that it is capable of taking, alongside the guarantee, we believe it is reasonably worth the money.

Pros
  • High quality with a 3-year warranty
  • Very high runtime
  • Very high storage capacity
  • All standards are complied with
  • Enough power for most users
  • Lifetime support
  • Very little noise

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not portable at all

Honda EU2000I

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Honda continues to surprise the users of specific markets with their newly developed products and has managed to finally slip into the generator market as well. With their latest EU2000I, they have proved that they can make a generator that many others can only dream of. The promises, unfortunately, come with a hefty price tag and a lot of people would probably let this option slip. Nonetheless, it is worth a mention!

Quality

Honda never lets us down in quality and has made its generator compliant with EPA, CSA, and CARB. Its generator, although made of plastic, has a steel frame to protect it. Honda gives a 3-year warranty on this product, which should be enough for most users.

Power

At a 2000 cap and a 1600 stable running power, this generator is not the most powerful. You should consider skipping it if you wish to use it to run heavy-duty electronics. For most emergency needs, however, it should work perfectly.

Runtime

At peak usage, this model should last you around 3 to 4 hours, which is not generally enough if you wish to go out on a trip or use the generator extensively. It should suffice for low emergency uses though.

Fuel tank size

With a fuel tank size of under a gallon, this model would require constant runs to refill. If you wish to have a generator that lasts longer with the fuel, this should not be your choice.

Portability

Nothing beats Honda in portability. With attached wheels and at a weight of just 46 pounds, this 20-inch generator can fit almost anywhere and is as weightless as they get. You should have no issues with portability whatsoever!

Noise

At just 53 decibels, this generator was the least noisy among the ones that we reviewed. You should need no shed or ear protection with this generator, and your neighbors should have no reason to come knocking on your door either!

Price

To start off on a positive note, the Honda model does boast one of the highest fuel efficiencies. With its eco-friendly model, Honda manages to consume the least amount of fuel possible whilst operating by providing only the necessary watts. The price tag for obtaining the machine itself, however, is a hefty 750 dollars!

Pros
  • Very portable
  • High quality with a three-year warranty
  • No noise at all
  • Eco-friendly and high fuel efficiency.

Cons
  • Low peak power
  • Low runtime
  • Highly priced
  • Small storage tank

WEN 56475

WEN offers a unique generator high-power generator that is able to meet almost all your needs for a very low price. While not the best pick in terms of quality, given how low the price tag is and how much it has to offer, we see no reason to not have it among our top picks! If you seek a low budget high-power generator, then this should be on your bucket list. Let’s see what it has to offer.

Quality

While the built is cradled with steel and should not ideally be of bad quality in any way, a number of reviews suggest that it was broken in transit. Nonetheless, the build is sturdy and a single year warranty is offered.

Power

With a top limit of 4750 watts and a continuous supply of at 3750 watts, this generator can ideally handle most of the needs of customers that do not plan to use it to power up an entire house including high-power-taking electronics.

Runtime

Nothing beats WEN in runtime. At half the load, it will last you an astonishing 11 hours! You would ideally not need to worry about runtime with this generator, and can sleep in peace.

Fuel tank size

At an astonishing 4-gallon storage tank, this generator will meet your high standards without a strain and should be able to give you more than enough storage to last the day.

Portability

At over 110 pounds, this generator is not the most portable. It does, however, come with a wheel kit and that should assist you in making it well… as portable as possible.

Noise

The noise levels of this generator have been reported as being very low, which is indeed an astonishing feat given the capacity and size that it packs. You should have no trouble with noise whatsoever!

Price

With nothing else being too over-the-edge considering other similar generators, it was the price that became the deciding factor. Charging under 500 dollars, WEN manages to slash it’s competition in style, offering you a budget-buy that you can cherish!

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • High quality with warranty
  • High runtime
  • Reasonably high fuel storage
  • Enough power for single users
  • Not noisy at all

Cons
  • Reports of being broken in transit
  • Not very portable
  • Not all standards are complied with
  • Limited warranty

Generac GP15000E

Are you going to be a heavy-duty user that would be having to run more than three heavy-duty electronics at the same time? Well, we got you covered! For heavy-duty customers, Generac generator comes as the top choice and can save you the hassle of having to employ multiple units by providing you the power of many, in one. This portable generator is a beast unbeaten in power supply!

Quality

Cradled with hardened steel and offering a two-year limited warranty, this model should give you no quality issues. There are no reports of any subpar quality unit being provided.

Power

Made to provide maximum power, it is no surprise that this model tops all others that we reviewed. At a peak of 26250 and a constant supply of 17500 watts, power should never be a holding factor.

Runtime

With that high a power generation, runtimes offer fall short. Surprisingly, not when you’re Generac. With a 10 hour runtime at a 50% usage, this generator should last you your uninterrupted sleep.

Fuel tank size

Generac boasts a huge 16-gallon fuel tank. With this size, you should have no trouble at all in dumping your entire supply into the generator at once to enjoy your eve without needing to refuel this generator.

Portability

High capacity cuts down on portability. Whilst they attempt to make portability as easy as possible and have added high-quality wheels, Generac is ultimately not very portable. With a 48.5 inch length and weighing at over 390 pounds, get ready for some serious muscle strain.

Noise

With a number of mufflers installed, this generator is surprisingly quiet. Though nowhere near the 50-decibel limit, given its size, we don’t think any generator can beat it in noise reduction.

Price

While being very fuel efficient, you pay a high premium for obtaining this monster. With the price soaring to near 4000 dollars, maybe you’re better off getting a few DuoStars in a series after all!

Pros
  • High quality with warranty
  • High runtime
  • Very high storage
  • All standards are complied with
  • Enough power for high-end users
  • Noise-free
  • Fuel efficient
Cons
  • Very pricey
  • Not portable at all
  • Limited warranty

Buyer guide

Now that you have scrolled through our top picks, your next question must be regarding which generator to actually buy. We know that it is a difficult choice to make given how many great features each of them has to offer, but don’t worry, we got you covered!

Power

The most important consideration you should make before choosing a generator would be the power. It makes no sense to buy Generac if you only intend to run your laptop and a few other accessories on the generator, after all! Check the watt consumption of the items you would plug in simultaneously and go for the best fit.

Runtime

If you intend to use the generator for very short periods of time, this should be no concern. If you plan to let it run all night though, your run time should ideally let you sleep uninterrupted.

Fuel tank size

Refilling the tank is a hassle, and to avoid it, go for larger fuel tank sizes. Larger fuel tank sizes also translate to higher runtimes, unless your generator is not fuel-efficient at all (and frankly not worth the investment)

Portability

For a portable generator, we see no reason for the portability to not exist. Choose a model that can fit in your car, or whatever you wish to use to transport it with, and choose the one that would ideally not strain your muscles.

Quality

While none of the generators we selected seemed to have significant quality issues, it is always better to opt for the ones providing higher warranty periods and complying with all the relevant quality and safety standards.

Noise

Unless you live on a rural farm with no one around for miles, and noise doesn’t bother you, choose a quieter generator and save yourself and your neighbors the noise pollution.

Price

Cheaper isn’t always better. If you use your generator a lot, it would be worthwhile to invest in the most fuel-efficient one since it would save you fuel and ultimately money!

How much warranty does my floor jack have?
Most models offer non-limited one or two-year warranties. Check with your provider.
What kind of warranty is offered?
Most models offer a non-limited warranty but do not cover accidental damages caused due to the negligence of the user.
How much power do I require?
Look up the watts used by all the electronics that are being used simultaneously, and add them up.
What size should my generator be?
There are no ideals. Consider what size can fit in your shelf, or in your car trunk, as the case may be.
Can I leave gasoline inside the tank?
Leaving gasoline within the tank for extended periods can damage it. If you do not intend to use the generator for long, remove it.
What type of start button should I get?
Generally, start buttons for generators do not change much for a user. Unless you are lazy enough to not go up and start the generator by hand, do not opt for a remote start button since it adds to the price.
How do I know what generator is perfect for me?
See the buyer guide
Why do generators with similar powers and fuel tank sizes have different runtimes?
Efficiency causes the difference. A more efficient generator can increase runtimes on the same fuel usage since less fuel is wasted.

Conclusion

That’s all from us in regards to portable generators. With this extensive review, we hope that you would be able to find the perfect machine to light up your lives, literally. Portable generators are a very handy machine to have when you live in an area that is affected by power cuts or has storms often that could cause the cutting of power. Hurricanes are a particular menace that they can help you deal with. Similarly, these generators can also help if we have to go on trips to areas with no grid lines or electricity connections (not everyone owns an RV!) Use our guide to pick the best for yourself and your needs, and never see the need to be cut off from the world due to no power. We hope that this guide was useful to you, and one of our top picks was able to meet all of your needs perfectly. That’s all from us, happy power-generating!

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