How to choose a generator

If you use a generator as backup power in the event of a power outage, for a mobile business, at events or even camping, you know how important it is to have the right generator to run when you need it. There are many both domestic and large-scale applications for generators. At first glance, it may seem that finding a generator that is ideal for your needs is very difficult. It is for this reason that we have decided to compile a list of essential considerations and key parameters that you should pay attention to when buying a generator.


Because generators are designed for both domestic and industrial use. You need to know whether you are looking for a generator for home backup power, for recreation or to power your business.


It is very important to know exactly what type of load you need, for which you need to do a power analysis. Overloading a generator is the most common cause of failure and can damage your appliances or the generator itself. Just as you wouldn't run your car at top speed all day, the same can be said for generators. Most appliances require a higher current to start up, this is called overvoltage. Therefore, your generator must have enough headroom to handle this demand.

Fuel type

It is important to determine the fuel type for the generator as it helps to estimate the fuel cost. There is a wide range of fuel efficient and cost effective diesel, gas and petrol generators that can be within your range.

Load Type

The nature of the load also has a significant impact on the type of generator. For example, you may need a generator to power critical devices such as your phone or laptop, or for sensitive electronic equipment. If you are using sensitive electronics you will need an inverter generator or the electronics will burn out. Inverters produce higher quality AC.


Generators can provide electricity to areas where there is no electricity for weeks. You will be able to stay with electricity even during natural disasters or other emergencies. In any conditions, you will be able to use electrical devices, but only if you choose the right generator.