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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:
Open air enthusiast? This one’s super versatile and can power up sensitive electronics as well as many tools and appliances. It’s also lightweight and not as noisy as many out there!

Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator
Generac Portable Inverter Generator

Generac Portable Inverter Generator

$662.03

 

Generac's GP2200i inverter generator provides outdoor enthusiasts with a portable, stable power solution designed for a variety of open-air festivities . Using TruePower Technology, the GP2200i produces the clean power required by a variety of sensitive electronics, tools and appliances. Compact and fully-enclosed, its lightweight design makes transportation easy, and its Economy mode feature also reduces fuel consumption rates and noise emissions to operate quietly for extended periods of time. 

Features:

  • Quiet, Compact, Easy to use. AC rated output running Watts: 1700, AC maximum output starting Watts: 2200. Rated 120 VAC Amperage-14.1
  • Truepower technology provides clean, stable power ideal for sensitive electronics, tools and appliances while the 1.2 gallon fuel tank allows 10.75 hours of run time at 25% load
  • Built-in handle makes it easy to transport and the integrated OFF/RUN/CHOKE knob simplifies startup procedures
  • Economy mode provides excellent fuel economy and noise reduction while the LED status lights alerts you on low-oil, overload and power
  • Parallel ready allows you to connect 2 inverters together for twice the power (parallel kit model 7118 sold separately)

 

 

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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!

Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator
Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

Jackery Portable Power Station Generator

$249.99

 

Whether used as a camping generator in the country, or emergency power supply during an outage in the city, this all-in-one power station has you covered. Explorer 240 can power a 40W CPAP machine for up to 5 hours. With the optional 50W Solar Panel attachment (sold separately or bundled), you can leave your portable power generator to charge with the sun and come back to a full battery you can use day or night. The sleek and powerful portable solar panel folds open and plugs directly into the Explorer's DC Input, collecting energy to keep you connected. Both the 50W Solar Panel and the Explorer 240 are covered by a 2-year limited warranty.

Specifications:

  • Jackery Explorer 240 is equipped with a 240 watt-hour (16.8Ah, 14.4V) lithium-ion battery pack, no fuel or gasoline needed, no fumes, no clanging! Pack light for your next camp trip with Jackery portable power station.
  • Portable power station specially designed for charging laptops, mini-cooler, drone and other outdoor electronics. Explorer 240 features 1* AC outlet (110V 200W 400W Peak), 2* USB-A ports and 1* DC car port, power your outdoor adventure without worry.
  • Pairs well with Jackery Solar Saga 60W/100W (sold separately), easily get recharged with the efficient solar panel. Pure sine wave inverter portable power station, protect your sensitive devices; Jackery Portable power station with solid handle, easy to carry wherever you go.
  • You will receive 1 Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station (240Wh Portable Power Station), 1 AC Adapter, 1 car charger cable, and user guide.

 

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Why we love it:
We’ll call this one the quiet beast. This one’s great for most situations that need power, and plus it’s very easy to use.

Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator
Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator

Honda Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator

$1,349.00

Honda Power Equipment sets a new standard in portable power with the introduction of an all new EU2200i inverter generator. Part of Honda Power Equipment's Super Quiet Series of generators, the new EU2200i lineup is the perfect portable generator for work, home or play. With more power, better performance and improved ease of use and maintenance, the all-new Honda EU2200i is the perfect choice for consumers to power what they need in any situation. 

Features:

  • Built-in 30 Amp outlet - the EU2200i companion offers one 30 Amp receptacle for RV applications (requires optional adapter) and one 20 Amp receptacle, the 30 Amp receptacle allows 2 EU2200i models to be run in parallel by way of a simple parallel cord (so
  • Lightweight and compact - weighing less than 47 lbs. the EU2200i companion is incredibly lightweight and portable, thanks to Honda's inverter technology, it's easy to get it to where power is needed
  • A fuel shutoff valve ("Fuel Off" position) allows the engine to continue to run until the majority of the fuel in the carburetor is consumed and the engine shuts off, which helps prevent stale fuel issues and is useful for storing the generator
  • An increase in the ventilation area of 2.31 square inches compared with the outgoing model reduces cabinet air intake resistance, resulting in improved inverter cooling
  • A bigger oil filler opening, a longer spout and larger oil drain gutter make for easier and cleaner oil changes

 

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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 Outdoor Solar Generator
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Outdoor Solar Generator
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Outdoor Solar Generator
Goal Zero Yeti 500X Outdoor Solar Generator

Goal Zero Yeti 500X Outdoor Solar Generator

$699.95

This 500WATT power supply is the ultimate backup power supply by Goal Zero. 

Features:

  • Charge this battery through a 8mm or USB-C PD port. Great for GZ Solar Panels
  • Power anything, anywhere with multiple ports including: 2 USB-A, USB-C PD, USB-C, 6mm, 12V, 2 120V AC Inverter
  • This Lithium power bank is perfect for powering most your electronic devices
  • Engineered in the US: Engineered and supported by our US based team
  • Made with highest quality battery for durability. 2-year manufacturer warranty.
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No matter what, remember:
don’t worry. be ready.