One of the best backup power supplies is the portable generator. Small, easy to use and storable , these generators are perfect for that just in case time.
Of these generators types, the most versatile portable power generator is that which allows for dual fuel usage. By having the option of dual fuel, typically gas and propane, the ability to keep the power going is enhanced a great deal. With that in mind, here are five of the best rated dual fuel generators in the sub $1000 range.
Know Your Power
Before getting right to the different generators, it is best to cover a few things that might make looking at generators easier. To start with, make sure to calculate the necessary power requirements. Secondly, make sure to know the number and type of outlets needed.
Finally, remember to take into account safety concerns. Never operate a generator in an enclosed space, including a garage with the door open. Also never keep any fuel or flammable material within five feet of the generator during operation.
Best Dual Fuel Generator to Buy
The Duromax XP4400EH 7HP Dual Fuel Generator is electric start, dual fuel, either propane or gasoline. It has 4400 watts peak power and 3500 continuous wattage. A full electrical panel with engine shutoff, volt meter and circuit breakers. It has 2 120V outlets and one dual 120/240 switchable twist lock.
The unit also has a low oil shutoff to prevent damage. Concerning the dual fuel system, changing fuels is simple and only takes a switch. It also has a flexible hose for the propane which allows for any tank size to be used.
Top Dual-Fuel Generator
Not a well known brand as of yet only coming online in 2011 but is highly rated. The Pulsar PG4050B Dual Fuel Generator uses propane or gasoline as a fuel source. It has 4050 watts peak and 3150 watts continuous power from a 4 stroke, single cylinder engine. It comes with 3 120V outlets with one being of the twist lock type.
Overall, the Pulsar PG4050B is a basic, portable generator with enough power for emergencies or as power for a small job site.
Best Propane/Gas Electric Start Generator
Using propane or gas, the Duromax XP4850 EH Dual Fuel Electric Start Generator offers 4850 peak watts with 3850 watts continuous power. Switching between fuel sources is as easy as flipping a switch.
The 7 horsepower motor is the Overhead Valve type with electric start. The frame has fully isolated connecting points that reduces vibration and reduces noise. This generator is EPA and CARB tested and is safe to use in all national parks.
The panel has a advanced oil warning light, low oil indication, circuit breaker protection and shutoff features. For a safe and easy to use home generator for emergency back up power, this unit delivers.
Top Propane/Gasoline Generator under $1000
With 7500 watts peak power, 6200 watts continuous, this generator has enough power to keep more and more appliances and tools running. The 12V battery gives this generator a good smooth start, time and time again. On gasoline, the Smarter Tools SP-7500DEB Dual Fuel Generator with Electric Start and Battery has 9 hours at half load, (7-8 @20lbs propane) giving plenty of power over the long haul.
Perfect for the unexpected. EPA and CARB certified, this unit also has a top sound rating of 72db. Great for taking camping. Volt meter, low oil shutdown and overcharge protection for keeping devices, tools and appliances safe.
The unit also keep track of run time so it is easy to know when the unit should have maintenance. The SP-7500DEB has 4 120V outlets, 2 30 Amp outlets, both twist lock with one being switchable from 120-240V. This unit is perfect for the larger home that wants backup power capability, while having portability.
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator
7500 watts peak power generation with 6000 watts continuous, the Sportsman GEN7500DF Dual Fuel Electric Generator with Electric Start is a power generating machine. While it has 200 watts less than the Smarter Tools generator, the Sportsman GEN7500DF has two starting modes, either recoil or electric start, that makes this one versatile machine.
The 5 foot flexible hose for propane comes with a regulator, so any size tank can be used and distance is less of a concern. Gasoline offers 9 hours of run time at half load, the Sportsman GEN7500 has a full featured panel.
Overcharge protections, circuit breakers, low oil shutoff, and spark arrestor, are all part of the safety features of the GEN7500. It also comes with AVR automatic voltage regulation to help protect the unit and connections. It has 4 120V 20 Amp outlets, 1 120 RV outlet and 1 switchable 120/240V outlet and finally a 12 battery charger outlet for charging batteries.
It is also a quiet generator with less than 80db of sound generation and is fully EPA and CARB rated. This full featured, quality generator is perfect for emergency power generation, portable power for contractors and for anyone who needs power on backup.
There is one important fact about propane power delivery that should be mentioned. At temperatures below 40 degrees the pressure in the propane tank changes to the point of not pushing the propane into the carb.
Therefore, it is usually better to start the generator with gas and run that for a few minutes and then switch to the propane.
After which, the propane should draw fine. For smoother starts in all conditions on propane, open the valve slowly to allow the propane to fill the carb before attempting to start. This will make it easier for the propane to undergo ignition.