Candles are things of the past. I can’t even remember the last time I used a candle to light the room! The only time candles are used nowadays are on your birthday cake or during a special occasion inside the bedroom, for a couple…during an intimate moment. I think you get what I mean but let’s not get into that. You can probably read that in another blog.
Portable generators, however, are making their way into every home even in the remotest part of the world, and why shouldn’t they be? They’re portable (duh), beneficial, and basically an all-around grid life-saver.
Have you gotten your hands on a portable generator? If you’re still at sixes and sevens about purchasing one – STOP. It’s high time you keep one at home and here are the top 7 reasons why.
For Power Outages
The most obvious reason why people buy a portable generator for home use is to prepare for erratic grid activities. Power outages are caused by several different things; electrical power faults, transmission line damage, or even electrical overloading at home. That’s when you’re using too much wattage and your circuit can’t keep up. There are three kinds of power outages, a permanent fault, a brownout, and a blackout. Although the latter sucks big-time, with the best portable generators, you’ll feel like nothing ever happened!
Natural and Man-made Disasters
Disasters are like loose cannons. They come unexpectedly and will leave you unprepared and helpless. Disasters aren’t only limited to hurricanes, torrential storms, tornados, earthquakes, avalanches, floods, landslides, or even volcanic eruptions. But there are also man-made disasters that cause system faults. Some examples are terrorism, wars (God, I hope this never happens), power plant accidents, or a less-threatening-to-human-kind disaster is a car accident. Be on guard and take these disasters head-on when it disrupts your electricity.
The two most common types of generators are portable and a standby generator. While the latter is more powerful than the former and can power all appliances at home simultaneously, it’s not so convenient to carry around. What the portable generator lack in power, it makes up for the inconvenience. If you’re into the outdoors, say, camping or hiking, portable generators are must-haves! In certain situations, especially in backcountry camping, campsites might not offer the electrical supply you need for your coffee maker, lights, blower, or gadgets (yes, we hang onto our gadgets for dear life even in the wilderness).
A small-scale or big-scale business without a generator on standby is beyond my comprehension. Business owners have gotten strategic over time. And in areas with volatile weather conditions, backup generators are a sure-fire way of doing “business as usual” even amidst power outages. In this day and age, a lot of businesses are relying on digital transactions and storage which means a single grid interruption can lose thousands or even millions of dollars!
Useful in Remote Areas
We’re sometimes spoiled living in metropolitan areas. On the flip side, the not-so-spoiled people living in bucolic areas are very prone to perennial blackouts. Sometimes it can run for hours, or even days on end (trust me, I’ve lived on an island for 3 months). The worse part is because it’s in the middle of nowhere, sometimes it’s hard for rescue to save the day. When you have a portable generator within reach, you can still get the scoop on what’s happening in the outside world…or would you prefer not to?
Gives You Peace of Mind
Having a generator close by is like keeping a first-aid kit wherever you go. It’s like a first-aid kit FOR YOUR house or business for that matter. Sometimes, blackouts are announced beforehand and some scramble to find the backup electricity alternatives. But a smart home or business owner who is ahead of the pack is ready to take the bull by the horns, and say, “Bring it on!”
Bang for Your Buck
Although generators might come with a steep price, you’re pretty much getting the value for your money. With technology present in every household nowadays, electricity hasn’t considered a luxury anymore but it’s incontestably a necessity. A typical generator can last up to 30,000 hours of usage, and up to 30 years of perpetual service!
If you’re ready to purchase your first portable generator, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. There are different types, kinds, and sizes of generators in the market, and choosing the best one that suits your lifestyle is vital. For example, start with how many appliances you’re planning to use in case an unfortunate blackout occurs. Next is to figure out your budget and stick with it. But if I were you, I’d invest in a high-quality generator, no matter what the price is. After all, no amount of money can ever replace the frill of having uninterrupted electricity. If you need more advice on how to prepare for power outages, check this detailed guide by Survivors Fortress.