Some of the main categories of portable generators include recreational, emergency and professional. Professional portable generators are generally higher in price, but are also designed to operate for long hours each day on a daily basis. Unless you are working at a job site without electricity, then you probably won’t have a use for a professional portable generator.
Emergency portable generators are the most common type of generator purchased. Many of them come on wheels for ease of transport, and can be compact enough to store in your shop or garage. The main purpose of these emergency portable generators is to power home appliances in the event of an emergency. When a major power outage strikes, this type of generator can power your lights, refrigerator, HVAC, sump pumps and anything else you need.
Recreational generators are also referred to as inverter generators. These portable generators aren’t nearly as powerful as the other two categories, but they are perfect for providing convenience when camping, tailgating or participating in other similar activities. These portable generators are much smaller than other types, so you’ll have to re-fuel them more if you plan on using them for an extended amount of time.