For this purpose, there are essentially two methods, portable and standby. Portable generators are just that, portable and can be used for more than just emergency backup power generation.
Standby generators offer a static setting that can be on demand in case of a power outage and typically can power the average home. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but both serve the purpose of supplying backup power generation equally well.
A Little Bit Of Both
These generators presented here represent both types, portable and standby. The advantage of standby is that it is connected to the home via a transfer point and is engaged automatically in case of a power outage.
Portable generators, have the advantage of versatility and portability. As mentioned, all these generators use a combination or multiple fuels for a power source. Typically either propane, gasoline or natural gas. Each as it own advantages and disadvantages as well but in reality the effect is minor between each fuel source. The primary difference is in the case of natural gas.
Typically, natural gas generators are connected to the home’s main gas line. This dramatically increases the run time as the unit does not have to be refueled. However, this also increases the cost and usually requires technical installation.
Number 5: Durostar DS4400EHF Dual Fuel Generator
The Durostar DS4400EHF is the smallest of the portable generators presented here. Power generation of this unit stands at 4400 watts surge capacity and 3500 watts continuous generation. It has 2 120 Volt 20 Amp outlets and 1 120/240V twist lock outlet.
It also is electric start and uses either propane or gasoline. This unit has a run time of approximately 8 hours at half load and is equipped with circuit breakers to protect both the unit and appliances. In addition, it is quiet with less than 69db of noise generation.
This unit also has a low oil shutdown to protect the unit from seizing and is fully EPA certified. This unit is perfect for a variety of uses, including emergency power generation, camping in national parks or use wherever power is needed.
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Honda Engine
While still portable, the North Star Dual Fuel Model 16955 is powerful enough to power an average home. This unit delivers 13000 watts surge capacity and 10800 continuous power. More than enough to handle multiple devices, appliances and even the central heating and air unit.
The Honda engine runs on propane or natural gas and when connected to the main fuel systems of the home, has an almost unlimited run time. It has a class leading 11 outlets of various types.
The main disadvantage to this unit is it does not have a low oil shutdown so it would be necessary to keep track of the run time. Still, for backup power during an outage or to run a home, this is a good generator.
Best Tri-Fuel Generator to Buy
Using gasoline, propane or natural gas, the Winco HPS9000VE Tri Fuel Generator pumps out 9000 watts surge power with 8000 watts continuous generation.
The engine has low oil protection and the operating panel has 4 120 V outlets and 1 120/240V twist lock outlet. The panel also features a standard circuit breaker and is electric start. Which brings up an important matter.
In fuel systems that use vapor fuels like propane or natural gas, the system must be started using electric start as recoil start will not create the vacuum necessary for the system to enter into combustion.
However, recoil starting is effective when using gasoline. In addition, when on propane or natural gas, do not use the choke as the fuel air mixture will be ineffective. That does not detract from the excellent generator the HPS9000VE is. This generator also uses a brushless alternator, which is lasts longer and is more durable than other types.
Best Standby Generator for the Money
The Generac 5837 CorePower Series Standby Generator is a standby generator that uses either propane or natural gas. This unit supplies 7000 watts of power generation and connects to the home via an included 8 point transfer point.
One of the great things about the 5827 is the almost unlimited run time when connected to a home natural gas line or large propane tank. In addition, this unit is fully CARB certified for environmental protection and is significantly quieter than portable generators.
This can be important during an extended outage. It is also easy to install and maintain. Although, for the natural gas connection it is recommended that a qualified technician perform the connection. This depends on local and state regulations.
Best Combination Fuel Standby Generator
With 10,000 watts surge or 9000 watt continuous power, the Generac Guardian 5871 10,000 Watt Standby Generator can take on the average size home power needs with ease.
Designed with patented True Power technology by Generac, this generator is capable of handling even the most sensitive of electronics and appliances. This generator comes with a 10 circuit power transfer point and can handle even large central heating and air units up to 4 tons.
It runs on either propane or natural gas and has a extremely long run time, depending on connection and tank size. It is also extremely quiet and will activate within seconds of a power outage.
Either portable or standby, these generators offers versatility and comfort when power is needed. No matter the size or the need these generators are ready and able to handle the demand.