TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST PORTABLE GENERATOR FOR ANY NEED
Briggs & Stratton Corporation breaks down the different types for easy purchase
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 14, 2016) – Portable power comes in all shapes and sizes these days to meet the varying needs people have for generators. But how can families determine what type of portable generator or inverter is the right fit for their needs?
“The short answer is it depends on what is being powered and where that power is being used,” said Dan Roche, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton’s Portable Power and Cleaning Systems division. “Whether someone is looking for backup power for their next RV excursion, tailgate party or home improvement project, Briggs & Stratton has a generator for each application’s specific demands.”
Users who need to power a worksite or restore electricity to a home following a storm, will find the right unit to be a conventional portable generator. Conventional portable generators create alternating current (AC) power by running a gas-powered engine. This type of generator is a workhorse, giving homeowners a greater wattage output and longer run time. They can tend to consume more fuel and have a greater noise level because they run at a constant fast speed.
Briggs & Stratton’s 8000 Watt Elite Series™ portable generator is an excellent unit to power any household need or serious DIY project. The impressive unit features a top-of-the-line Briggs & Stratton OHV engine. A metal seven-gallon fuel tank delivers nine-hours of run time (at 50 percent load) without the need to refuel. The control panel on this portable generator comes with four GFCI 120V household outlets and one 120/240 V 30A locking outlet to power more essentials in a home, and the unit features rubber outlet covers to protect the generator against outside elements. Also on the control panel, the electric key start ensures easy turn-on even during the most stressful of power outages.
Glampers, tailgaters, campers and sporting enthusiasts who need electricity while enjoying the outdoors may opt for a quiet, portable and powerful inverter generator. An inverter generator produces direct current (DC) power and converts it to AC power. This process creates a smooth electrical signal, which is safe for electronics and sensitive equipment such as smartphones and tablets. Inverter generators produce electricity based on what is plugged into the unit. Briggs & Stratton calls this technology “Quiet Power Technology.” With less power being demanded, the engine can run at a slower speed with less noise and fuel consumption.
Briggs & Stratton’s PowerSmart Series™ Inverter Generators are excellent for any outdoor activity where having too much noise matters. The P2200 PowerSmart Series inverter generator, for example, operates at 59* decibels, which is quieter than a normal conversation, so it blends into the background.
The P3000 is the first in its class to offer the combination of a USB charging port, perfect for charging cell phones, which frees up an outlet to power additional items. The StatStation LCD display provides information on how many watts are currently being used and provides maintenance reminders. Using the dedicated, built-in parallel outlet, lets campers connect two P2200 or P3000 (or one of each) units together to create an even stronger power source, meaning, users won’t forego power for quietness.
The PowerSmart series models allow for easy mobility, too. The P2200 has an H-style handle and the P3000 comes equipped with a luggage-style, telescoping handle to make moving around a campsite or tailgate easy and convenient.
Briggs & Stratton’s Portable Generator Buying Guide will help buyers determine which unit will be the perfect fit for their needs.
Safe Operation of Any Generator
Portable generators emit carbon monoxide and are dangerous if not operated properly. The only safe place to operate a portable generator is outside. To learn more about how to safely operate a portable generator, visit www.takeyourgeneratoroutside.com.
*Sound levels vary based on proximity and location; measured at 1/4 load at 7m from the control panel side of the generator
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit www.basco.com and www.briggsandstratton.com.