Portable Power: How to Pick the Perfect Portable Generator

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With Hurricane Season just around the corner, ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com - an online generator superstore - offers some advice on how to pick the perfect portable generator for emergency use.

In the past, enduring a power outage was as simple as lighting a candle and starting the fireplace. Not anymore.

Without electricity, basements can flood. Security systems can falter. Home businesses can fail.

"You don't realize how much you rely on electricity until it's gone," says Jon Hoch, founder of ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com(http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com) - an online generator superstore.

Many homeowners are unable or unwilling to wait out the next power outage, so they are converting their portable generators into emergency backup power systems.

"The key to picking the perfect generator," says Hoch, "is to pick the right style first, then pick the right wattage."

Shop by Style (http://electricgeneratorsdirect.com/catalog/shopbystyle.php)

Recreational generators are great for tailgating or camping. A power outage, however, is no picnic.

Small recreational models will only power an appliance or two. Plus, you'll need to refill their small gas tanks every few hours.

Unless your a contactor using your generator on a daily basis, you don't need to go overboard with a jobsite model with a professional grade engine either.

"What's the point in purchasing a top-of-the-line portable generator with all the bells and whistles that's only used a few times a year?" asks Hoch.

ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com actually grades the style of every generator to help customers quickly find their perfect portable generator.

Hoch recommends purchasing a residential-grade model specifically designed for "Emergency Power" and reinvesting the savings into a generator with additional wattage.

Shop by Watts (http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/catalog/shopbywatts.php)

Yes, you can calculate your exact wattage needs through various online wattage calculators, like the Home Wattage Wizard at PowerProtection.org.

According to Hoch, the service is nice, but not always necessary. ElectricGeneratorsDirect.com has categorized their "Emergency Power" generators into three sizes: Mid-Sized, Large and X-Large.

Mid-sized portable generators (3,000-6,000 watts) will power your basic survival appliances, including your refrigerator, sump pump, furnace fan and several other appliances.

Large portable generators (7,000-9,000 watts) will help make the power outage experience more peaceful, supplying power to even more appliance.

X-Large portable generators (10,000+ watts) supply enough electricity to restore power to small homes. Most include an electric starter, which is ideal for elderly homeowners who are unable to pull the cord.

Electric Generators Direct is an online emergency generator superstore owned and operated by Power Equipment Direct, Inc.

The company also maintains PressureWashersDirect.com(http://www.pressurewashersdirect.com) and AirCompressorsDirect.com (http://www.aircompressorsdirect.com).

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