Portable generators are very handy when you are camping and some would consider these as a luxury item while others would consider these as a necessity. Either way you will appreciate their output and performance if you have the need for such power at a remote location. There is no replacement for the electric power we are so accustomed to and take for granted.
Portable generators can also be a blessing around the house when you lose commercial power. Loosing power can be caused by many sources such as inclement weather or careless equipment operators or even from natural disasters. When the power goes out the reason for the outage doesn't matter. What does matter is you get some form of power restored quickly. Keeping the refrigerator and freezer going will preserve your food supply and keeping the lights and heater/air conditioner going will keep you comfortable.
If you decide to buy generator there are several options you can consider. They are available new or used and you can find them online or at local merchant stores or even from catalog sales. Portable generators vary a great deal in performance and price. The performance is rated in output power and fuel consumption. These units can have output ratings of 120, 240 or both.
Before you decide to purchase your generator do your research. Investigate the different brands and models available. Compare your minimum power requirements to the generator output power capability. Talk to other generator owners and read reviews gathering good information to help you make the right choice for your requirements. Once you know the type and size of generator you will need you can do some competitive comparison of pricing to make sure you are getting the most for you investment.
You may want to visit a local store for a look/feel of the product before you buy. Reading specifications and looking at pictures is not the same as seeing the actual generator in real life. It may seem smaller or larger than the picture and dimensions described. But for those that can visualize well with pictures and descriptions could be saving a considerable amount of money. If you are on a budget you may be able to upgrade with an online purchase by saving money.
Your portable generator will be cheap at twice the price the first time you lose power. Even if you very seldom loose power you portable generator will pay for itself after just a couple of power outages. In the winter time it can provide the much needed heat and lighting you require for survival. In the summer time it can keep you food from spoiling or freezer from defrosting.
Good luck with your portable generator purchase.