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gatopardo 11-18-2010 09:24 PM

Power generator
What do you guys consider the bare minimum for a Power generator, in case of emergency.

I saw in the Heartland catalog one for $129.00 /1000 watts. It doesn't seem enough power to me, but what do I know.

I have foods and blankets, stoves, medicine, besides hunting gear, I need to decide on a gas powered generator, not to expensive but reliable.

I appreciate beforehand the help:)

Live long, Gato

Squirrel_Slayer 11-18-2010 09:29 PM

Look at the recent offering's from Honda and Yamaha in what they consider their "suitcase generators". They are really quiet, light weight, and some produce up to 3000 watts. I have worked at both dealerships and both generators, and they are very very reliable!

Highpower 11-18-2010 09:31 PM

Dillinger 11-18-2010 09:40 PM

SDiver40 11-18-2010 09:49 PM

I have a honda 3500 from the hugo hurricane. It runs pretty much everything except for the hot water heater.
Thats as small as I would want to go but you can get by with less for just a few lights and the fridge.
I still have to alternate the starting of the fridge and the freezer. After that i'm good to go.
Hope that helps some

canebrake 11-18-2010 11:35 PM

Go bigger!

Fatso 11-19-2010 01:55 AM

As long as it'll run a fridge, light, and electric heater I'd consider myself good. Depending on each you have, the load will be different.

At work I have a 450kW detroit! 480V/460A of powa!

gatopardo 11-19-2010 03:36 AM

Found this
Found this one, looks portable, i am thinking something I can carry in my van, in case i get stuck in the middle of winter, ]

For $129.00 sounds good.

Any of you guys have one of this?

Neophyte1 11-19-2010 09:50 AM

at Powermate Web-site

Powermate - How to buy a portable generator.

a simple guide to power needs.

danf_fl 11-19-2010 10:54 AM

The smallest I run (and had to rely on for hurricanes) is 5000w. The big questions is what are you running on it. Motor startups require more than when the motor is running.

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