Whether you live in an area prone to energy blackouts or not, a petrol generator is an excellent investment. This option for power backup is highly versatile and proven to be useful in a huge variety of circumstances. Petrol generators allow users to charge their cell phones or tablets, plug-in essential appliances such as refrigerators or lighting when power is down, and they have excellent camping applications as well. But in order to be useful, it needs to be right. And to be right, it needs to be chosen correctly.
The first thing you should keep in mind when buying a petrol generator is the amount of power it can produce. To find out if the amount of produced power is sufficient to suit your needs you will need to determine your power requirements first. For this purpose, you need to determine the number of watts each piece of equipment you will be using requires to work and then add all the numbers together.
You will also need to decide between a single and three phase energy. Most petrol generators available on the market are single phase, but some larger models can come with three-phase energy for more intensive purposes.
Consider the overall power output of the engine as well as its construction quality. If you plan to use your generator regularly, it is important to choose an engine that will withstand all the wear and tear of constant use.
Many people tend to think that the size of the fuel tank is what determines the overall run time of a petrol generator, but this is not the truth. In fact, assuming that a generator with a larger fuel tank will run for longer than a generator with a smaller fuel tank is wrong, especially if the power output is higher.
If the generator with the larger fuel tank has a higher energy output, this means that the engine will be working harder, thus using more fuel than a generator that is less powerful and has a smaller fuel tank. Most of the time, the most powerful generators will have lower running times. Remember to always compare the maximum running time and not the fuel tank size to get a real prediction of how long the generator will be able to run for.
- Sockets – Having the right number and types of sockets for your requirement is as important as having a powerful engine and long running time. Because petrol generators come with numerous combinations of sockets, finding the most suitable for you can be challenging. A rule of thumb here is always to go with one more socket than you think you’ll need because you never know when it will come in hand.
- Frame – The frame the generator is housed in can make a great difference in how vibration and noise are reduced. A well-built frame will also protect the equipment from the various knocks and bumps it may suffer. The rule here is, the larger the diameter the better.
- Weight – A generator that is too heavy can be extremely difficult to move around. So, if your generator is to be stationary, a heavy model won’t be much of an issue, but if you will be transporting it regularly, you may want to choose a lighter model fitted within a wheel kit.