Standby Generator vs. Portable Generator

Standby Generator vs. Portable Generator

A standby generator is one which is permanently installed outside your home. If you’re tired of power outages, a standby generator is a far better choice than a portable generator.

Advantages of Portable Generators

  • Portable
  • Cheap
  • No installation necessary or cheaper to install
  • Can prevent a fire by avoiding the need to use candles

Disadvantages of Portable Generators

  • Noisy.
  • Runs out of gas in 6-8 hours and needs a cool down period to safely refill with gasoline.
  • Need to be able to safely store gas.
  • May not be able to purchase gas when the electricity is cut off during a storm or disaster.
  • May be difficult to start and could require yanking on the cord for 10-30 pulls. (Some portables have electric start and can even be set up to start automatically).
  • Leaving any gas in the carburetor after use can prevent it from staring the next time it’s needed. (Use sta-bil in the gas and run dry by turning off gas supply).
  • Prone to theft.
  • Needs to be stored indoors when not in use.
  • Need extension cords throughout the house – However GenerLink™ says their product will allow you to safely and easily connect a portable generator to household wiring by connecting at outside at your electric meter. Just connect any portable generator to GenerLink™. When you start up the generator, GenerLink™ will automatically disconnect your house from the electric utility grid preventing the possibility of back feed, which can cause serious damage and injuries. To operate a critical appliance you just flip a breaker on in the main household circuit breaker panel. GenerLink™ eliminates the hassles of running multiple extension cords or hiring an electrician to install an expensive transfer switch and sub-panel.
  • Cannot supply the electrical power that an entire household typically consumes.
  • Should not be used to power electrical devices for a lengthy period which can diminish its efficiency and shorten the life of your portable generator.
  • No surge protection.
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) is much greater than standby generators and can damage sensitive electronics including new LED light bulbs which have circuit boards.
  • Can be inadvertently placed where Carbon Monoxide can kill your family.

Advantages of Standby Generator

  • Easy to use
  • Safer
  • Quieter
  • Harder to steal
  • Never ending fuel source if it is hooked up to a natural gas line and is not interrupted by an earthquake or other major disaster
  • Hardwired to your house – no extension cords
  • Starts automatically
  • Shuts off automatically
  • Can power an entire house
  • Can run continuously
  • Cleaner electricity – Better units have very low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) making it safe for sensitive electronics including new LED light bulbs which have circuit boards.
  • Less frequent and easier maintenance.
  • More reliable
  • Increase home value and make it more desirable