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Because flipping a light switch or charging your cell phone is such a routine task, most people constantly assume that the results be will always be the same; but when the grid goes down, all bets are off. Whether through man-made causes, such as an EMP blast, terrorist attack, infrastructure breakdown; or through natural disasters such as an earthquake, flood, or hurricane—what people assume will always be there at their fingertips may be gone, and gone for days, weeks, or even longer. However, a generator is a must-have addition to a person’s long-term prepping plan.

Greatly varied in size, ease-of-use, price, and fuel source, the generator market is vast and the time to do your homework and make your choice should occur long before any early warning notices appear on the nightly news. When chaos erupts, you won’t be finding a generator around town, let alone the model of your choice. Portable power will, indeed, keep your needed electronic devices functioning while under emergency conditions, but it’s up to you to make the correct, educated choice, well beforehand.

Powerhorse Portable Inverter Generator

Powerhorse Portable Inverter Generator
Powerhorse Portable Inverter Generator

As cell phones and other portable electronics keep vital information at your fingertips, charging them safely is always a concern—until now. The Powerhorse generator can handle both your sensitive electronics and your rugged power tools, all the while keeping the noise level minimal and the efficiency of the unit, high.

Its compact design makes this prepper’s necessity easy to transport and when time isn’t on your side, its handy removable side panel allows quick for adding oil or to perform any maintenance task. Connect another unit easily for powering larger appliances. Portable power has never been easier.

Specs and Features

  • Runs sensitive electronics with less than 1.50% total harmonic distortion
  • 100& copper-wound heads keeps unit running longer and cooler
  • Parallel-ready design allows for adding an additional unit
  • Engine Smart Control system increases unit’s efficiency
  • Runs quietly, only 52 decibels

NorthernTool.com

MSRP: $599.99

Guardian 20KW Generator

Guardian 20KW Generator Photo 2
Guardian 20KW Generator Photo 2

Sometimes bugging out is not an option and hunkering down at home is the best and only choice, and with that you’re going to need power, and this animal delivers. The Guardian series 20kw generators offer plenty of power for your entire home with a quiet-running and efficient engine and an advanced monitoring system, easily accessed through your cell-phone or tablet. A heavy-duty powder-coated finish protects the unit from harsh weather, while the reliable electronics inside provide limited distortion for delicate devices. Engineered and built in the USA.

Specs and Features

  • Less than 5 percent total harmonic distortion
  • LCD display panel allows for easy status viewing
  • 5-year limited warranty
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support Team assistance
  • Corrosion-resistant outer shell perfect for all outdoor conditions

Generac.com

MSRP: Starting at $4,699.00

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti 400
Goal Zero Yeti 400

More than a solar generator, this compact unit is essentially an all-in-one power bank. Using the power of the sun, you can recharge all your essential electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, tablets and more. Perfect for use while camping for the weekend or enduring long-term blackouts or power outages. No sun? No problem. This unit also recharges from the wall outlet, USB ports and even from a 12 Volt output. With no gasoline or any other flammable liquids for fuel, you’ll experience clean, safe energy no matter wherever and whenever you need it.

Specs and Features

  • Easy-to-transport; weighs only 12 pounds
  • Solar-powered for use nearly anywhere
  • Fume-free, clean energy
  • Integrated 2, USB ports
  • Fully recharges in wall in 6-hours

GoalZero.com

MSRP: $199.95

Duromax Hybrid Portable Generator

Duromax Hybrid Portable Generator
Duromax Hybrid Portable Generator

Imagine running your generator using the propane tank from your barbeque grill? Well, you can, in addition to conventional gasoline. When times go bad, there is no telling what fuels will be available in the area, so this Hybrid gives you the option of two normally plentiful sources. The unit can run for up to 20 hours on a standard 20-pound propane canister at 50% load capacity, while four gallons of gasoline will keep you “lit-up” for 8 hours at 50% capacity. Either way, your equipment will be powered and your lights will burn bright.

Specs and Features

  • Runs on propane or gasoline for maximum versatility
  • Rated AC output: 3500 watts; maximum output 4400 watts
  • 7.0 Horsepower, air-cooled engine
  • Hook up any sized propane tank
  • Easily charges car batteries

Homedepot.com

MSRP: $599.00

Winco Portable Tri-Fuel Generator

Winco Portable Tri-Fuel Generator
Winco Portable Tri-Fuel Generator

Sporting the choice of three fuel sources to power this monster of a generator, you’ll have great versatility when resources run low or non-existent after a disaster or manmade crises. Built tough to endure steady use, this tri-fuel unit can power your tools and equipment, while recharging your phone, laptops and tablets to keep you in communication with the rest of the world. It converts from one fuel source to another with ease and speed, so you’ll never miss a minute of much-needed charging. Perfect for campsites, or remote bugout locations.

Specs and Features

  • Runs on gasoline, natural gas or propane
  • Full wraparound, tubular-steel cradle
  • Rubber isolation mounts
  • Rated wattage: 8,000
  • Less than 5% THD for charging sensitive electronics

Northerntool.com

MSRP: $2533.00

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator

Goal Zero Yeti 1251
Goal Zero Yeti 1251

No noise, no fumes, no flammable liquids, just clean portable power for nearly all your appliances or devices. Drawing its power from the powerful sun overhead, this unit is perfect for unexpected outages or longer term emergencies. From cell phones, to tablets and computers to larger items like your refrigerator or microwave, the Yeti 1250 tackles them all quickly and without the hassle and noise of conventional generators. The unit can be charged using solar power, your wall outlet, or in a pinch, your car’s 12V adaptor. The next generation of portable power!

Specs and Features

  • Extremely easy-to-use, push button start
  • Powers up to ten devices at once
  • Clear, easy-to-read battery indicator
  • Includes roll cart for easy transport
  • Easy to chain for long-term outages

GoalZero.com

MSRP: $1499.95

Honda EU1000i Portable Inverter Generator

Honda EU1000i Portable Inverter Generator 2
Honda EU1000i Portable Inverter Generator 2

At 37 pounds, this compact, yet powerful inverter generator is easily transported and set up nearly anywhere. Use it at your campsite for portable electronic recharging, at your bug-out location during a crisis, or outside your home during a blackout to keep some lights on and some key handheld devices running. Easy to start, reliable when the unexpected hits home, and won’t break the bank, this generator is a “must-have” backup power source.

Specs and Features

 120V, 100 watt max; 900 watt rated output

  • Low-oil shutdown feature
  • Quiet enough for campground use
  • 7.1-hour runtime at ¼ load, 3.2 hour at rated load
  • Stable power for sensitive electronics

Northerntool.com

MSRP: $799.00

Ryobi 2200 Watt Inverter Generator

Ryobi 2200 Watt Inverter Generator
Ryobi 2200 Watt Inverter Generator

Quiet enough to hear during a conversation, yet powerful enough to keep your needed electronics running, this invertor generator offers a three-step easy start and onboard monitoring, all in a compact, mobile shell. Enjoy clean power at the jobsite, at home, or for emergency use during a manmade or natural disaster—no matter the job, this unit gets it done. Its auto-idle feature saves fuel and provides longer run times, while twin USB ports allow you to keep your handhelds charged for up-to-date information. The complete package includes the generator, battery charging cable, lubricant, funnel screwdriver, and full operator’s manual.

Specs and Features

  • 2200 Starting watts, 1800 running watts
  • Clean power, safe for the environment
  • Parallel kit compatible; connect two for extra power
  • Extendable handle and wheels for easy transport
  • 4.5 Hour run time at 50 percent load

RyobiTools.com

MSRP: $499.00

Gillette GPE-75EH Portable Generator

Gillette GPE-75EH
Gillette GPE-75EH

This workhorse is perfect for heavy-duty jobs, in both rural and urban surroundings. Its eight-gallon fuel tank provides nearly eight-and-a-half hours of continuous runtime at 75-percent load. It features an electric start, powerful Honda gas engine, and the durability to meet and exceed repeated, constant use. Its new “Kleen Power” design helps to keep emissions low and safer for the environment. When you need power, this generator delivers in a big way!

Specs and Features

  • 7,500 Watt of surge, 6,500 watts continuous power
  • Total harmonic distortion is 6 percent or less
  • Full accessible control panel
  • Full GFCI Protection
  • Powered by reliable, 13 horsepower Honda engine

GilleteGenerators.com

MSRP: $2,376.99

Yamaha EF 1000 Watt Inverter Generator

Yamaha EF 1000 Watt Inverter Generator
Yamaha EF 1000 Watt Inverter Generator

When power is needed, but noise and space is a factor, this generator has you covered. Sporting a compact, lightweight design and one of the quietest engines found on the market today, this inverter is ready to recharge your vital electronic devices, or tackle bigger items on your list. From lights, to small appliances to computers and tablets, don’t be left in the dark or falling victim to a low-battery indicator. This inverter will run up to 12 hours at one-quarter load, on a full tank of fuel. Efficiency, portability, and ease-of-use—all in one compact package.

Specs and Features

  • Centralized control panel
  • Quietest portable generator in its class
  • Weighs only 27.9 pounds
  • Auto warm-up feature ensures smooth delivery during cold starts
  • Oil watch warning system prevents engine damage

YamahaGenerators.com

MSRP: $799.99

Pulsar 5250W Dual-Fuel Generator

Pulsar 5250W Dual-Fuel Generator
Pulsar 5250W Dual-Fuel Generator

Whether using gasoline or liquid propane, you’ll get high performance and long-lasting durability from this versatile machine. With Switch & Go technology, there is no need to shut down between fuel-type changes; just flip a switch and your power continues to flow. With a locking, fold-down handle, large oversized wheels, and a sturdy frame, this generator travels easily with you in any environment. Use for work, at home, or at your remote bug-out location.

Specs and Features

  • 5250W Peak 4250W Rated GAS
  • 4750W Peak 3850W Rated LPG
  • Strong, powder coat steel frame
  • 4 Stroke, air-cooled engine
  • Large 10 inch no-flat tires

Pulsarproducts.com

MSRP: $449.99

Pulsar 2200W Gasoline Generator

Pulsar 2200W Gasoline Generator
Pulsar 2200W Gasoline Generator

Ideal for lighting up camp or running small appliances, this lightweight unit offers a small compact design, but delivers big on power. Sporting a 1.50-gallon fuel tank, an overload indicator, and a durable frame suitable for the rugged outdoors, the 2200 can deliver needed electricity when the nearest outlet is a long way away. Use when hunting, fishing, camping, or on a weekend tailgating adventure. With its extreme portability, the applications are nearly endless.

Specs and Features

  • 2200 Watt peak, 1600 Watt rated
  • Lightweight at only 60 pounds
  • Runs 12 hours at ½ load
  • Low oil indicator
  • No assembly required

PulsarProducts.com

MSRP: $349.99

Pulsar 2000W Inverter Generator

Pulsar 2000W Inverter Generator
Pulsar 2000W Inverter Generator

Carry it like a suitcase, barely hear it at 10-feet away, and use it to charge your sensitive electronics—all the while producing pure, clean power. The unit features two 120-volt outlets, a 12V “cigarette” style outlet, and a direct connect USB port for use with cell phone, tablet, and laptop recharging. Just over a gallon of fuel runs this little wonder for up to eight full hours. Complete package includes 12-Volt charging cable, spark plug wrench, 10W30 oil bottle, and convenient funnel.

Specs and Features

  • Sleek, impact resistant design
  • Weight: 47 pounds
  • Runs 8 hours at 50 percent load
  • Operates 8 hours on 1.18 gallons of fuel
  • Low-oil indicator and auto shut-off

PulsarProducts.com

MSRP: $559.99

This article is from the fall 2018 issue of Survivor’s Edge Magazine. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com.

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