Portable generators are a relatively inexpensive way to have power when the lights go out. When one considers the cost of the life of the generator versus the losses incurred during an outage, it is easy to see how cost effective purchasing a portable generator can be.
Portable generators are more than just insurance in case the utility power fails, it is a means to supply power where there is none and where it is neither effective nor is there a capability to supply power any other way. In many respects, portable generators make life easier when normal utility grid power is unable or incapable of reaching where you need the power most.
Dual Fuel Equals More Versatility
It is true, that currently gasoline prices are low enough to justify a single fuel source, the fact is that it will not remain that way. Additionally, gasoline can be unreliable in some places and situations and a generator would be better supplied with propane.
For example, propane has an extended storage capability when compared with gasoline. Gas will degrade rapidly in quality over a period of just months, where propane will stay viable for years when stored properly. Because the unique properties of propane, it can also be stored in larger amounts for the same amount of surface area of gasoline.
While it is true that gasoline has more energy output than propane, on the order of about ten percent more, the fact that more can be stored for a longer time than gasoline makes it great for a variety of settings. Therefore, it is better for reasons of versatility, long term use and availability to have a dual fuel generator as compared to a gasoline generator.
Five Great Dual Fuel Generators
Best Propane/Gas Portable Generator under $500
This dual fuel, all purpose generator – Duromax Model #XP4850EH Generator produces 4,850 Watts of surge capacity and 3,850 Watts of continuous generation, more than enough to a variety of situations.
It is electric start with low oil indication and shutoff to protect the unit. It has two, standard three prong outlets and a switchable twist lock for 120 or 120/240 Volt applications.
It has a analog volt meter for knowing the output at a glance and the circuits are able to be reset and there is a master circuit breaker for overload protection. This is a great generator that can be used in national parks as it is fully EPA compliant.
Best Tri Fuel Portable Generator to Buy
This generator – Powerland Model #PD3G10000E Generator is actually a tri fuel generator that allows you to use gasoline, propane or natural gas and can easily be switched between the fuel sources.
It produces up to 10,000 Watts of surge energy with a continuous generation of 8,000 Watts, enough to power a small home. It has multiple outlets including two standard three prong and a host of other circular style, twist lock connection.
It is breaker protected and each circuit has its own reset. It is electric start and there is a volt meter for checking the output. This is a great all purpose generator that would work well in either commercial or residential service.
Best Dual Fuel Generator under $1000
This portable wheeled generator – Firman Model #RD9000E Generator is designed to handle a power outage, camping or for use on a job site.
It has four standard three prong outlets and a single twist lock for connectivity and the wattage varies depending on the fuel with gasoline producing up to 9,300 Watts+ of surge capacity and around 8000 Watts of continuous generation.
It has a digital readout for hours and output and the circuits are breaker protected and able to be reset on the go. It is recoil and electric start and there is a 12 volt station for the battery to recharge. Overall, a great all purpose generator for any application.
Best Portable Propane and Natural Gas Generator
This is a workhorse generator – NorthStar Model# 16956 Generator producing up to 10,000 Watts of surge capacity and over 8000 Watts of continuous generation. It does not use gasoline but uses propane or natural gas and can be hooked into the home supply.
Built to go from construction sites to homes, this generator has eight standard three prong outlets and a single twist lock. It has a analog volt meter and it is electric start.
It has a Honda engine for reliability and the alternator is 100 percent copper wound and brushless for longevity. This is a powerful generator for use at the cabin, when the power goes out at home or at work.
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator for the Money
Designed to work in a variety of settings, this generator is specifically designed to handle RV camping. Producing up to 10,000 Watts of surge capacity, this generator – DuroMax Model #XP10000EH Generator can handle even large RV AC units. Two standard three prong outlets and three different sized twist lock, including for RV standby, provide the connectivity of the generator.
It has a analog volt meter and it is electric start. It runs for over 10 hours at half load and is equipped with a spark arrestor so it can be used in national parks. This is a large generator and it has wheels for mobility. Perfect for camping or home use.
As with any power equipment purchase, always read and follow the operator’s instructions included in the manual. Never attempt to refuel a hot or running generator and never use a generator in an enclosed space. Please keep all flammable materials at least five feet away from a hot or running generator.