Standby vs Portable -Part 2

YOUR POWER NEEDS, SPENDING POWER, AND ABILITY TO ROLL OUT THE GENERATOR WHEN IT’S NEEDED ARE CRUCIAL CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING WHAT’S BEST! 

Portable Generators

  • Power output: For models that can connect to a transfer switch, usually 5,000 to 7,500 watts.
  • Price range (as tested): $500 to $4,000; inverter generators, $1,600 to $4,500.

Pros: A portable generator can be transported easily from one location to another. Setup is as simple as turning them on and powering items. And they can be shared among neighbors.

Cons: They run on fuel, and fuel storage can be hazardous. And though they include a number of power outlets, running extension cords to a portable generator also poses safety risks; that’s why we recommend using a transfer switch.

  • Fuel needs: A 7,000-watt portable generator will use 12 to 20 gallons of gasoline per day if it runs continuously for 24 hours. More powerful generators use more fuel.

Standby Generators

  • Power output: 8,000 to more than 20,000 watts.
  • Price range: $3,000 to $5,000, plus installation (about $3,000 to $5,000 starting).

Pros: They start automatically when the power goes out and often supply more power. They also periodically run a self-­diagnosis routine that can alert you to problems. That enables you to get problems fixed before you need the generator. They run on natural gas or propane and save you the hassle and safety risks of storing fuel.

Cons: Beyond the higher cost of purchase and installation, they do require annual maintenance by a generator technician.

  • Fuel needs: A small 8,000-watt stationary model can run for eight to 15 days on a 250-gallon propane tank or indefinitely on a natural gas line.

Call Midwest Electric & Generator today for a FREE Estimate, 612-284-1550. Midwest is here to provide the best back-up power solution for you!