The Best Portable Generators for 2020
The Champion Power Equipment 3800 Dual Fuel Portable Generator vs the DuroMax XP12000EH
When the Champion Power Equipment 3800 Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator is delivered to your door, it comes straight out of the box ready to operate using gasoline or propane. Depending on your situation, being given a choice of fuel is a great perk but be aware: this portable generator will produce 4750 starting watts and 3800 running watts running on gasoline and 4275 starting watts and 3420 running watts using propane. Plan ahead for your conditions!
Since propane has such a long stable shelf life, it is definitely worth having a tank or two on hand during an emergency in case gasoline isn’t readily available. Run times of 9 hours on a full 3.4-gallon tank of gasoline or 10.5 hours on a 20-pound propane tank at 50% load are average. The fuel selector switch is very easy to use, quick and safe.
The generator’s look definitely evokes that “safety equipment” look with the bright yellow paint job and bold control panel. The generator is housed in a durable steel frame and, while weighing in at 119 pounds, is portable via a folding handle and never-flat tires. One great feature that I really enjoyed was the “Intelligauge” on the front panel measuring volts, Hz, and hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals.
The Champion 3800-Watt Portable Generator comes equipped with a battery for a push-button electric start. It features a built-in surge protector that protects your appliances from spikes in voltage above a safe threshold. It comes travel-ready with a standard 30A RV outlet with enough power to start and run a 15,000-BTU air conditioner. This unit also comes with 120v 30a RV, 120v 30a locking, and two 120v 20a household outlets.
This unit is fairly cost-effective and convenient for power outages or other emergency situations where you may need essential items: lights, sump pump, refrigerator, modem/router, furnace blower, fan, TV/DVD, computer, smartphone/tablet charger, etc.
This is the monster portable generator you’ve been looking for! Be ready for anything with the DuroMax XP12000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator. This model provides the power that can be found in home standby units but in a portable package. Be aware, however, that this unit is BIG and some buyers have reported the need to upgrade to pneumatic tires.
The DuroMax XP12000EH can power all of your home’s essential appliances (even central A/C) through power outages, storms, or emergency events. The hybrid fuel capability means that the portable generator runs on either gasoline or propane. There is a keyed electric start for the 457cc/18hp engine with an optional recoil start. This generator is a definite powerhouse offering a maximum of 12,000 watts (!) of power.
This unit is designed primarily as a portable home standby generator and as such reduces the number of 120v household outlets in favor of larger connections. The panel includes two GFCI 120v/20a outlets, one 120v/30a twist-lock outlet, a 120/240v 30a outlet, and a 50a heavy-duty outlet to satisfy your large power needs. The panel also features a voltmeter, circuit breakers, low oil indicator, idle control, and a unique switch that doubles 120v amperage for heavy loads giving users the option to operate both 120 and 240 volts simultaneously.
The all-metal frame has fully-isolated motor mounts and an oversized noise-reducing muffler with a built-in spark arrestor. DuroMax generators feature all copper windings which is a plus that should make the unit last for years with proper maintenance.
Large-scale home standby generators cost many thousands of dollars more than this unit. While the DuroMax XP120000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator tops out the “portable” category, its size, capabilities, and most importantly price makes this model an amazing option.