Outdoors

The typical outdoor environment would be a low power producing generator running a few electronics. For example, during a campout running a projector, gaming system, and possibly a cooking device. Compared to the demand of a full residential system generator, an outdoor portable generator should be cheaper, and compact.

The cheaper the generator the more expensive the fuel source like Gas,  the louder the noise level, a decreased cooling potential, and reduced lifetime operability before service is required.

Fuel & Noise

For an outdoor use generator we would suggest a propane generator. That is primarily for two reasons.

  1. Propanes shelf life is much longer than diesel and gasoline. You can store it and forget it until your outdoor excursions.
  2. Propane is much quieter. If you are camping and using a gasoline generator, the noise is not easily ignored when running from behind a tree. We love using a propane generator with an extension cord to watch movies in the outdoors.

Make sure you also use a power strip to protect devices just in case of unforeseen issues occur, like rain or lightening.

Good, Better, & Best Outdoor Generators

Good: 

WEN Gas Powered Portable Generator

3500-watt electric generator with 4-gallon fuel tank; runs 11 hours at half load
Outlets include 2 120V, 20A, 3-prong; a 120/240V, 30A, twist lock; and a 12V DC 8.3A
212cc, 7-HP, OHV engine with forced-air cooling system

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Price: $84.94

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Better:

DuroMax XP10000EH, 8000 Running Watts/10000 Starting Watts, Dual Fuel Powered Portable Generator

Runs on regular gasoline or liquid propane, a convenient alternative choice during emergencies when gasoline is scarce
Powerful 18 HP engine is able to accept high-wattage loads with ease
Generator has endless uses, from home standby power and job sites to a weekend with the RV

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Price: $1,021.07 $1,004.99

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Best:

Champion Power Equipment 100165 7500 Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start

Dual Fuel – Runs on GAS or PROPANE straight out of the box
9375 starting watts, 7500 running watts with up to 8 hours run time on a full tank of gas and up to 5.5 hours on a 20 lb. propane tank
Powered by a reliable 439cc Champion engine with Touch Start, push-button electric start (battery included)

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Price: $1,480.00 $1,008.53

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