Electricity powers out lives and it is essential to modern living. Not only is it for convenience such as reading at night but it has an encompassed effect to food storage, safety and more. In other words, we need electricity to live our lives.
This becomes apparent when the power goes out, which for some can even be a life-threatening situation. Thus having a backup generator for emergency power can be an important tool to have. A quality generator with sufficient output to power your home can be a life saver or at the very least save you money and effort.
Knowing Your Power Demand
The key to getting the right generator is understanding your power demand on any given day. First, check each appliance that you use on any given day, preferably the ones you need every day, and get the volts needed for that appliance or device and the amps, usually in milliamps. This is typically located on the charger or cord area of the appliance.
Then total all the volts and amp and then multiply the total amps by the total volts and this will give you the number of watts you need to run those appliances. For appliances such as freezers, sump pumps and any item with compressor, add at least 100W for each one. This will give you the total number of watts required to run those devices in your home at the same time.
Some professionals recommend you only go slightly over the required power demand when purchasing a generator but the fact is the more power generation you can afford the better. For most homes, a 10000W generator is perfect for emergency backup power and more.
Not only should this satisfy current demand but it allows you to grow your electricity demand without purchasing a new generator.
Five Great 10000W Generators
Best Generator for Commercial Operations
The All Power America Model #APGG10000 electric start generator would be great for residential or commercial operation. It has plenty of connectivity with multiple three prong outlets and dual twist locks for RV use or for use with a transfer switch.
While it has 8000W of continuous supply it has a 2000W surge capacity to handle large units like sump pumps, freezers, and a central AC unit. It has a run time of eleven hours at half load and it is only slightly louder than a normal conversation. People who have this model love how well this generator starts and the stable supply.
Top Rated Home Backup Generator
One of two Duro model generators in the list, this DuroMax Model #XP10000E Generator is great for home backup. It has three twist lock connections, perfect for use with a transfer switch and it has a low oil shutdown to protect the generator in case of long usage times. It supplies 8000W of continuous generator with an extra 2000W surge capacity.
It has a volt meter on the control panel and each circuit is protected. Designed to handle both 120V and 240V, this can keep a home or cabin going with plenty of juice. People who have this model really love the extra surge capacity and the fact it is electric start.
Ultimate Combination Fuel Generator
The second Duro model in the list, this DuroMax Model #XP10000EH Generator supplies 8000W of continuous electricity with the 2000W surge capacity, but this model is also dual fuel.
This model will work with either propane or gasoline, thus making it perfect for home use or for RV generation. It has dual twist lock connection for a transfer switch but it also has multi-mode operation.
It can run either 120V for full power, or you can have 120V and 240V production at the same time. Thus giving you more power options in case of an outage. This unit also has a spark arrestor so it can be used in national parks. People who have this model love the added versatility over the other Duro models and how well it performs for them.
Eco-Friendly CARB Compliant Generator
This model is new for this season. This Firman Power Equipment Model #H08051 Generator is fully CARB compliant and it produces low emissions for a greener environment. It has multiple connectivity options including multiple twist locks and dual three prong outlets.
Designed to supply power to your home while remaining portable, this unit is also perfect for job sites. It has 9050W of continuous supply with gas and a 950W surge capacity. It is electric start and it has an LCD meter for maintenance monitoring.
Premium Portable Generator
This Champion 9500 watt Series Portable Generator is brand new from Champion and it is an upgrade from the previous model series. This model is designed to be used in both a residential or commercial setting and it can also be used for food truck and other places where there is a high power demand. Multiple connectivity options exist including four three prong outlets.
It has a digital meter that tracks output and hours and the unit has a low oil shutoff for protection. It is electric start and it has an eight hour run time at half load. This model is great for anyone who wants their generator to be versatile and powerful.
Generators can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Therefore, never use it in an enclosed space and read and follow all safety, care and operating instructions to avoid problems and injuries.