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Recreational Generator Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Recreational Generator

Jim, the Generator Expert
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Recreational Generator Buyer's Guide

Recreational generators supply power to the remotest places on the planet.

In the past, they've received a bad rap because of their noise. Not anymore.

These days, recreational generators employ inverter technology, which are significantly quieter than old fashioned emergency generators.

Sure, you can still use a recreational generator during an emergency. However, we strongly recommend against using an emergency generator while camping.

Electrical Output from a Conventional GeneratorEmergency generators consist of heavy copper coils, which generate a raw form of electricity.

The engine must maintain a constant speed of 3,600 rotations per minute to produce AC power. In other words, it must run at full speed, regardless of the load needed, consuming more fuel and generating more noise.

The electricity produced isn't as clean as utility power. Therefore, standard generators are NOT recommended to power sensitive electronics like computers.

How to Pick the Perfect Emergency Portable Generator

What is the difference between an inverter generator and a non-inverter generator?

Hear the difference in sound output between the new PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator from Briggs & Stratton and a comparable, traditional camping generator.

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Electrical Output from a Inverter GeneratorInverter generators, however, utilize a different type of alternator to generate very clean AC power.

The inverter technology reduces the generator's size and weight. But more importantly, the engine can run at varying speeds, significantly reducing the noise levels and fuel consumption.

How Inverter Generators Work

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