Portable Generators - Buyers Guide Takes the Roughness Out of Roughing It

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Start summer off with more power - enjoy camping, tailgating, and more with the convenience of portable electric generators. RVGeneratorShop.com launches portable generator buyers guide to help you find the right emergency generator.

Summer is here, and the kids and families are ready for camping and tailgating in the great outdoors. While some campers keep the pioneer spirit of roughing it with the simplest of accommodations, a growing number of weekend warriors have warmed to the realization that you don't have to leave behind all the modern conveniences of home.

A new website has launched which features a helpful buyers guide for finding the perfect solution for creating portable power - RVGeneratorShop.com. With new portable electric generators being made available each year at prices about 50% less than just 5 years ago, manufacturers have jumped in to flood the market with new portable devices to make camping life easier. One of the greatest of these is the portable generator. A small engine coupled to an alternator capable of duplicating the electricity that is taken for granted in the convenience of home. Light and highly portable, these small electric generators can be packed along with other small appliances -- allowing for conveniences without the cost of expensive campers or on-site electrical outlets.

Wayne Becker, edtior at RVGeneratorShop adds, "It's time for some serious outdoor activity. Think of it, you can use a blender to mix drinks, make coffee in the coffee maker you like so well, hang a bug light outside your tent, and, if it rains, let the kids watch a DVD or play video games. Once you have the power, the possibilities are endless. In the morning if you want to look your best, you can even shave with your electric razor."

Many pull type and self-propelled campers come with big enough a rv generator already installed to power a built in appliance such as, the refrigerator, microwave, air conditioner, interior and exterior lighting, plus any other small appliances necessary to make a camp-out more enjoyable. Stay in one of these units long enough and you may find it hard to return to the house at the end of the trip.

If you decide to buy a camping generator, there are various features available to fit your particular needs. The Portable Generator Buyers Guide, a free guide offered at RVGeneratorShop.com, explains that the continuous wattage rating must be greater or equal to the combined wattage of all the appliances which are running at once. Make a list of everything needing power and the watts consumed by each appliance. Add up the total watts and make sure the continuous rating of the generator can handle the load. The same exercise and homework can be done at home as the generator can also be used for emergency power during an outage.

Becker explains, "Figuring out how big a generator you need is your first task. That's where our guide and tips can help. For example, you want to run a refrigerator that uses 7 amps, two 100 watt lights, and a 600 watt coffee maker all at the same time. You must first convert the refrigerator's amp rating to watts. It runs on the standard 120 volts. Multiply 7 amps X 120 volts and you get 840 watts. Now add all the watts together. 840 + 200 + 600 equals 1640 total watts. The generator you buy must have a continuous rating of at least 1640 watts."

Another critical finding within the recently published Generator Buyers Guide focuses on sound output, measured in decibels. The more quiet the unit the better. Some campgrounds actually have a published decibel limit. Other factors that are explored includie the physical weight and size of the unit, how much room the generator occupies (area), and whether the generator features a manual pull rope or push button electric start.

"Give some thought as to what will you be running with your portable emergency generator. If it is only a few appliances with motors, heating elements and lights then a standard unit will work just fine," Becker added. A standard unit duplicates household alternating current by running the engine at a predetermined RPM which is set at the factory. Some sensitive equipment (like computers, TVs and other electronics) may be damaged if the engine falters for any reason.

If you are going to run more sensitive electronics equipment an inverting generator is often recommended. These units take the power from the alternator and "clean it up" by converting it to direct current and then electronically reconstructing it as alternating household current. Power is steady regardless of engine RPM. Another advantage to this type of unit is that the engine can run at a slower speed when the load is less than one hundred percent of its rating thereby reducing the noise level and conserving fuel.

As much fun as camping with a generator can be, there are some rules to observe. Follow the wiring and grounding instructions. The power produced by these units is the same power found from an outlet at home. Only use extension cords which are large enough to handle the wattage of whatever appliances being run. Exercise caution with regard to the exhaust. Do not operate the unit anywhere where the fumes can infiltrate inhabited space. Vent generators outdoors away from living quarters.

"Once you start using a generator, you'll wonder how you ever got along without one. It can bring a new level of convenience and luxury to your camping trip. You may even be able to make new friends by lending a less fortunate neighbor one of your outlets," said Becker. So get out there, hit the trail and let a new generator take some of the roughness out of roughing it. For more details and tips to navigage the complexities of choosing the right type of portable generator, visit RVGeneratorShop.com.

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RV Generator Shop provides buyers guides on portable generators, camping and RV electric and emergency generator news, and videos and how-to guides to help users find and start using emergency generators.

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