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Old 11-18-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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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

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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!

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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.
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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!

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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?

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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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