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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PORTABLE AND STANDBY GENERATORS?

PORTABLE GENERATORS

...can keep vital appliances running during an outage, and offer mobile power for the camp site or job site.

A small portable generator can provide power for TVs, small appliances, power tools, and lights while camping. Medium to larger portable generators can be put to work at construction sites that are in need of electrical power to operate power towels such as drills, saws, paint sprayers and air compressors.

Portable generators intended for backup use should be regularly maintained and tested for readiness. Make sure that you have a safe outdoor location to operate the generator, and that you are familiar with the manufacturer's operation recommendations.


AUTOMATIC STANDBY GENERATORS

...are designed for permanent power protection - producing higher quality, computer-friendly electricity. They operate automatically and run a weekly self-test to ensure proper response to an outage.

Standby generators are designed to run for extended periods using the permanent natural gas or LP fuel supply that many homes or businesses already have. In the event of a power outage, a permanently installed standby generator returns your home or business to power within seconds, 24/7, even when you’re away.

There are no extension cords to run or gasoline to refuel - a fully automatic standby generator senses an outage and begins producing power immediately. When power returns, it shuts itself off automatically and returns to standby mode. Because the generator is hard-wired into the electrical system of your home or business, appliances like furnaces, well pumps and lights will operate as well as plug-in items.