Inverter Generator Buyer's Guide

Inverter Generator Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Inverter Generator

Jared, the Generator Expert
Generator Expert

Inverter generators are portable generators that offer cleaner power for sensitive electronics and create less noise while doing it.

They're generally smaller than other generators, making them easier to carry where you go. And if you need to, you can actually invest in a second one and connect them together for twice the power output.

They're great for outdoor parties, event marketing, tailgating, camping trips, outdoor weddings, and even some emergency power during a blackout. 



How to Size a Portable Inverter Generator

Using the chart below, you can quickly see the differences in use and wattage. Choose between 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 watts.

Do You Need a Compact, Small or Medium Inverter Generator?


You can also use our generator wattage calculator to figure out your power needs. Just choose which appliances you want to power, and the calculator will automatically recommend a range of generators.


Compact Inverter Generators

Portable Inverter Generator Used on a RanchCompact inverter generators produce 800 - 1,000 watts of power -- just enough electricity to power one or two appliances simultaneously.

The keyword is "simultaneously." If you simply want to brew a cup of coffee in the morning, a compact generator will suffice. You can always unplug the coffee maker then plug in the toaster to toast your bagel.



Small Inverter Generators

Portable Inverter Generator Used for CampingOn the other hand, you may not want to hear the angry roar of fellow tailgaters when you unplug the television in order to start the blender.

Small inverter generators generate 1,600-2,000 watts of electricity and are designed to power multiple appliances simultaneously.

If you need to power multiple appliances at once or a high-demand appliance, these larger - yet, still relatively small - inverter generators will do the trick.



Medium Inverter Generators

Portable Inverter Generator used for RV and CampingSometimes, the great outdoors get the best of us, and we demand the creature comforts of home.

Medium inverter generators produce enough power to start a roof-top RV air conditioner while simultaneously running a microwave.

They're ideal for travel trailers and pop-up campers. If you have a motor home or fifth-wheel trailer with a prepped compartment, you should consider an RV generator instead.


Double the Power by Connecting Two Generators

Parallel GeneratorsCombining two inverter generators offers you the ability to double your power while still benefiting from the clean, quiet power of an inverter generator.

If you're worried that you may need to step up to a larger emergency-style generator to get the power you need, rest assured; you can simply invest in another inverter generator and connect them together for twice the power.

 NEXT: Learn How to Parallel Two Inverter Generators

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