The Generation Nation

5 Safety Tips for Using Generators

Power is no joke. We need it. Long ago, humanity only needed fires to keep life going. Nowadays? We need generators.

Maybe you’re camping in the backcountry, and you’re still “working from home” using your phone’s hotspot. That laptop of yours needs power, and so does your phone.

Enter: solar powered generators specifically designed to power up smaller electronics. This way you can hike all day, and work from the comfort of your sleeping bag with a view of a warm fire and snow-capped mountains in the background.

Or, maybe you’re not really an outdoor adventurer, and you need something a little more heavy-duty for disaster scenarios. Power outages are notorious during winter storms, heat waves, and especially tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Okay, so pretty much every big city-disturbing natural event out there. But don’t worry, we got you.

Whether you just want to be off the grid, or you want to have a surefire backup when your city’s grid breaks the heck down, a generator is the way to go.

Thing is, generators can actually be quite dangerous.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before you operate yours.

  • Carbon Monoxide is a very unwanted guest. It’s lethal. This is especially true if your generator is fuel-powered. Never run your generator in a garage, inside your home, inside a tent, or anywhere without proper ventilation. Keep it outdoors at least 20 feet away from your home, friends!
  • Generators are not toys. We love kids, and that’s why it’s important to keep yours away from generators. Be sure to explain to them that they can get very, very hot and can cause burns. Only grown ups get to use the generator!
  • Friends don’t let friends operate generators in the rain. Only operate generators in wet conditions when absolutely necessary. You’ve gotta use a canopy-like structure so that absolutely no water gets on it, and make sure no puddles form nearby. Make sure your hands are dry too! Electrical shock is not fun.
  • Generators are little helpers, but they’re not invincible. Before you plug appliances into your generator, make sure it’s turned on. Then, plug in cords one by one so you don’t overload it. Remember, generators are for temporary use.
  • Don’t attempt to power up your whole darn house. Plugging a generator into your home’s electrical circuitry is called backfeeding, and, well, simply put, it’s a very, very bad idea. It’s asking for damage to your home’s electrical wiring, and even worse, a nasty home fire.

Thankfully, we don’t have rusty, rickety, super-loud and obnoxious generators for ya. We’ve got some fuel-powered and some solar-powered, all of which are top of the line and smartly built for optimal safety.

Check out our favorites!

Why we love it:
No fuel needed, this one’s great if you want to stay connected by keeping your smart electronics powered up when off the grid or when your grid clunks out!

Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station
Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station

Ecoflow Delta 1300 Power Station

$1,399.00

DELTA 1300 Power Station represents the new standard of battery-powered generators. Compatible with a wide range of devices, you can stay powered for hours whenever and wherever. 

  • RECHARGE 0%--80% WITHIN 1 HOUR EcoFlow patent X-Stream Technology empowers DELTA1300 to recharge at 10 times the speed of most portable power stations in the market 
  • 6x 1800W AC OUTLETS & 1260Wh CAPACITY The large inverter load enables DELTA 1300 to power most home appliances and heavy-duty DIY tools under 1800W (3300W Surge, Pure Sine Wave) with 1260Wh capacity
  • FASTEST RECHARGE BY SOLAR AND CAR DELTA 1300 can be fully recharged by solar panels in about 4 hours, and fully charged through a 12/24V car port < 10 hours.
  • POWER 13 DEVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY DELTA 1300 fits with every port you’ll ever need to power any devices anywhere, so you will always feel right at home.
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Why we love it:
It’s both powerful and earth-friendly. Use this solar-generator to power up pretty much anything and feel guilt-free by living sustainably!

Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station

$699.95

Keep all your small to medium size devices and appliances charged with the Yeti 500X Portable Power Station. Designed to pack 20% more power into a 20% smaller and lighter shell than its predecessor, the 500X is perfect for longer camping trips, backyard parties, or on-the-go power in case of an emergency.

Features

  • Power a Wide Range of Devices: Yeti 500X is equipped with four different port options—including AC, 12V, and 60W USB-C PD—to power everything from phones to portable fridges.
  • High-Speed Charging Solution: Equipped with the latest charging technology, including a high-speed Power Delivery port capable of charging USB-C laptops, tablets, mirrorless cameras, and phones in a fraction of the time.
  • Experience Unlimited Power: Charge the Yeti 500X from the sun with our portable solar panels while away from the grid and keep it topped off from a wall outlet when you’re home. Featured MPPT charge controller ensures you’re getting the most efficient solar charge possible.

Technical Specs

  • Weight: 12.9 lbs (5.85 kg)
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.25 x 5.8 in (19.05 x 28.58 x 14.73 cm)
  • Charge times: Maximum input (180W): 3 hrs, Car charger (120W): 4.5 hrs, Wall charger (60W): 10 hrs, Wall charger (120W): 4.5 hrs

Recharges

  • Smart Phone (12 Wh): 42
  • Tablet (30 Wh): 17
  • Laptop (50 Wh): 10
  • POV Camera (5 Wh): 101
  • DSLR Camera (18 Wh): 28
  • Head Lamp (5 Wh): 101

Hours of Runtime

  • GZ Light (4.5 Wh): 112
  • Light Bulb (11 Wh): 46
  • CPAP (65 Wh): 8
  • TV (42" LED) (100 Wh): 5
  • Pellet Grill (60 Wh): 9
  • Portable Fridge (25 Wh): 20

Ports

  • USB port (Output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated
  • USB-C port (Output): 5/9V, up to 3.0A (18W max), Regulated
  • USB-C PD port (Input/ Output): 5-20V, up to 3.0A (60W max), Regulated
  • 6mm port (Output, 6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)
  • 12V car port (Output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max), Regulated
  • 120V AC Inverter: 120VAC 60Hz, 2.5A (300W, 1200W surge) (output, pure sine wave)
  • Charging port (input, 8mm): 13-22V, up to 10A (150W max)
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No matter what, remember:
don’t worry. be ready.