Portable generators are ideal for providing power to lights and home appliances during power outages, enabling power tool usage at remote job locations, and powering up electronics during camping trips and tailgating parties.
Two of the main considerations when selecting a portable generator are the running watts, also known as Output Watts, and starting watts, or Maximum Output Watts. Output Watts is the power needed to run a given device at normal functionality. Many devises need more power to start up (Maximum Output Watts) and then require less power (Rated Watts) to run continually. For example, a refrigerator requires 2200 starting wattage with a 700 running wattage, so you would need a generator with at least 2200 watt maximum output.
We've provided you with a simple worksheet at the bottom of this page that will help you determine how much power you need based on your respective application. If you're using a generator for multiple applications, select the generator that will accommodate the application with the greatest power demands.
Once you identify your power needs, match them up with the output specifications under each product description to find the right Chicago Electric or Predator generator – it's that easy!
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