Win a Portable Generator for Outdoor Living


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Inverter generator open frame - Photo by Steve Maxwell

I’ve been using generators since 1988 and I own and still use several of them now.  The thing I’ve noticed is that a little bit of electric power can make many areas of life better, including outdoor living. The thing is not all generators have the good manners needed to make it pleasant to be around them outside. Most don’t. Choose wisely and you’ll enjoy both backup power for your home as well as better tailgating, outdoor music events, camping, RVing and off-grid get-togethers when the sun goes down.

Quiet Operation

No one likes a loud generator, especially when it’s nearby. This is why quiet operation is one of the most important features to look for when buying a portable generator for outdoor living. So what does quiet mean?

Never buy a portable generator for outdoor living without first identifying the noise output of that particular model. Noise is measured in decibels (dBA) and the best models have a rating of less than 60 dBA at full throttle. The very quietest models are about 53 dBA, and even quieter if it’s an inverter generator operating at partial capacity. Loud generators run over 70 dBA and are definitely not welcome in trailer parks, campsites or  anywhere near people outdoors. You can trust the dBA numbers to give you an accurate expectation of noise output. Don’t buy anything unless it has a published dBA output rating.



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