Why buy a Powermate portable generator?
Powermate's versatile line of portable generators makes it possible to have portable electric power to support activities ranging from recreational to industrial; from camping or the do-it-yourself projects with our 1200 watt units all the way up to a commercial/contractor line producing up to 12,500 watts of power. We have a complete line designed for reliability and ease of use.
If bad weather interrupts your electrical service you can find yourself in a position where you are not able to provide the essential things your family needs; from running your refrigerator and lights to powering your sump pump they require power. These essentials will stay off until the power grid is restored. Powermate portable generators make it possible to maintain the essential power in your home during such outages.
How does a Powermate portable generator work?
Powermate portable generators have four basic components:
Powermate's portable generators come in several different sizes and configurations; each one designed for specific applications and uses. Which one is right for you depend on how you plan to use your portable generator. Understanding these core components will help you make the right choice.
How do you determine how much power you need?
Powermate's portable generators are rated by the amount of power they produce called watts. To choose your Powermate portable generator you need to determine your power requirements and your wattage needs. Begin by looking at what you need to power. Ask yourself whether you'll be running one item or several and whether they run continuously or do they start and stop frequently?
Electrical appliances have two ratings, surge wattage and running wattage. Surge wattage is the amount of power the item uses to startup. This is usually higher than the amount the item needs to run after it has begun to run. To determine the right generator:
Refer to the manufacturer's start and run requirements of the equipment prior to starting.
Always start your largest electrical motor first and then plug in other items one at a time.
Our Powermate Wattage Worksheet can help you estimate your needs.
If the item you need to power does not show running wattage you can use this formula: Amps * Volts = Watts
This will give you the approximate running wattage. But remember electrical motors typically require 2 to 3 times the running wattage to start, their starting/surge wattage.
Example: A refrigerator with a motor rated at 5 AMPS running on 120 VOLTS:
5 * 120 = 600 WATTS, 600 WATTS * 3 = 1800 STARTING/SURGE WATTS
NOTE: This is only an example. You should always refer to and use the items nameplate or manufacturers information.
What is the right portability style for me?
This really depends on where you are going to use your portable generator. Are you going camping, and therefore want to be sure you can easily lift the generator to carry it to the campsite? Are you going to be transporting the generator and don't have much space, requiring a small profile? Do you need to move it around a fairly flat surface, requiring basic wheels, or the job site, requiring all terrain wheels?
Note: Specification subject to change without notice. Refer to specific generator model for complete information.