When it comes to purchasing a portable generator, it is important to make note of the best models on the market, but also to be prepared for the costs involved with purchasing such a unit here. So what costs can be expected when the need for a arises? Typically small recreational models ranging from 500 to 2,000 Watts. These models are best suited for camping or tailgating and have a price range of $200 to upwards of $650 or more. It should be noted that though the $200 price tag may be tempting, many of these models only power one appliance at a time, and the gas tanks need to be refueled every few hours or so.
If one wanted to move up a model in order to increase the ability to operate more than one appliance, the cost will go up significantly. Portable generators that are created for longer power outages, start in cost around $330 to $1,000. But, in reality, will more than likely that cost will end up being about $1,000 to $2,000. However, these models can then up the wattage available to 3,000-6,500, as opposed to the previously mentioned 500 to 2,000 watts. It should also be noted that diesel-fueled generators, though more costly, are far more efficient. They also run quieter and outlast many of the gas models on the market today.
In the end, the cost can be upwards of $1,000 to $2,500 for a larger model (7-8 kW) which can power most of a small or older home. But even then, there may not be enough wattage to keep a larger central air system running or a heat pump. If one is looking for something that can provide enough power to keep a larger home running, along with its heating and cooling systems, the cost would be somewhere between $2,000 to $4,000. And those particular models are known as extra-large portable generators. They boast 10-18 KW which generally provides enough wattage to the average home. It should also be noted that many models can be rented as opposed to owned which would cut down on the immediate cost, especially if a generator isn’t required on a regular basis. However, it should also be considered that when renting in the middle of a high volume time (during a sudden winter storm, massive power outage, etc.) there may not be a generator available, or the cost will skyrocket due to the demand.