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Facts You Dont Know About Renewable Energy

Renewable energy has been around for thousands of years. Your smartphone that's currently plugged-in to the power outlet is likely to be drawing power from a renewable source of energy. However, this has become so mainstream that we no longer take a time to just think about the true potential of renewable energy. We've been rather sluggish in embracing renewable energy as our main source of energy rather than as backup, but that has changed. In recent years, a lot of awareness has been made on how important renewable energy is. If you're thinking Tesla and Powerwall, then you know what we're getting at. The sad fact is that we only get to hear about what big corporations are doing regarding renewable energy, but the truth is that there is a world of infinite possibilities if we were to switch to renewable energy. Well, today, let's change that narrative a bit and look at 10 things that are not so common about renewable energy.

1. Solar-Powered Airplanes

In 2016, two Swiss scientists/pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg successfully landed a Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in Abu Dhabi after flying around the world for slightly over 500 days. The aircraft flew over 42,000 Km while being powered by about 17,000 solar cells located on its wings. The batteries, which make up about 25% of the aircraft's weight, charged up during the day to produce the much-needed energy for flight.

The plane flew at a speed of around 100 Km/h and could even go faster than that when the sun was much brighter. The pilots used to fly to attitudes of about 29,000 ft during the day and dropped down to about 5,000 ft during the night to preserve energy. The two pilots used to alternate the flights regularly to allow the other to rest. Borschberg flew the aircraft non-stop from Japan to Hawaii making it the longest journey in history without a layover.

Even though the aircraft experienced some technical problems and challenges due to weather, it still managed to make two world records. After the successful landing in Abu Dhabi, UN Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon said, "This is a historic day for Captain Piccard and the Solar Impulse team, but it is also a historic day for humanity. You may be ending your around the world flight today, but the journey to a more sustaining world is just beginning.

The Solar Impulse team is helping us to pilot to that future."  In the end, it successfully finished its route making it the first aircraft to fly using solar energy.

2. The World's Largest Wind Turbine Can Power Over 8,000 Homes with Electricity for a Year 

MHI Vestas is a Danish company that specializes in offshore turbines. It was able to produce 9.5 MW of energy that can power 8,300 homes in the UK where it is located. This will help to reduce maintenance and operation costs as it will be able to achieve the same power output with lesser turbines. Its wind farm has about 90 turbines located close to the Irish Sea and is able to power about 600,000 homes with the same intensity as coal powered electricity.

Europe is currently the world's largest consumer of wind energy as EU companies are constantly developing bigger and more powerful wind turbines. GE Renewable Energy has already set plans for the world's largest offshore wind turbine which is 260 meters tall, with a 107 meters long blade and a capacity of 12 MW.

The GE chairman and CEO John Flannery said, "We want to lead in the technologies that are driving in the global energy transition. Offshore wind is one of those technologies and we will bring the full resources of GE to make the program a success for our customers." He also said one turbine could produce about 67 GWh per year and this is enough to power over 16,000 households.

3. There Exists a Solar-Paneled Road in France

In December 2016, the French government unveiled a 1 Km road covered by solar panels to provide electricity for street lights and a population of about 5,000 citizens living in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche. The trial road called Wattway cost about $5.2 million to construct. Wattway was expected to produce 767 KWh per day and was estimated to produce 280 MW of energy annually, but it managed to produce about 410 KWh per day which is still phenomenal.

There are also other countries that have been experimenting with solar roads including the Netherlands and China. Constructing solar roads in a country like UK would be extremely expensive due its unfavorable weather conditions most of the time.

When asked about the solar roads, Marc Jedzilcka, the Vice President for Network for Energy Transition, said, "It's no doubt a technical advance, but in order to produce renewables there are other priorities that need consideration apart from a gadget that is very expensive." 

While the solar project in France didn't reach its goals, it has exceeded expectations in other countries. Netherlands is a good example. A solar paneled-bike path in the country generated 70KWh per sqm after one year. This is enough to power 3 houses.  The solar sidewalk in Budapest is equally a marvel as it helps to charge electric cars and when it's not doing that, it helps to power the nearby offices.

It is worth noting that the Wattway solar panels are covered with a resin coated with silicon so they can withstand the heavy traffic from vehicles and occasional bad weather.

4. World's Resource Base for Geothermal Energy Is Larger Than the Resource Base for Coal, Oil, Gas and Uranium Combined

Below the earth's crust is a layer of magma where heat is always produced from decay of naturally radioactive materials such as potassium and uranium. The heat within about 10 Km of the earth's surface has more than 50,000 times more energy than all the natural gas resources in the world.

The world's largest producer of geothermal power is the USA, but some of the countries with largest national distribution of geothermal include Kenya at (51.0%), Iceland (30%), Philippines (27.0%), El Salvador (25%) and New Zealand at (14.5%). With such figures, one would only wonder why geothermal energy is not mainstream.

5. Sweden Burns Their Garbage to Energy They Use to Warm Up Homes and Provide Heat

The country is usually relatively clean with most of its garbage either recycled or burnt instead of getting dumped. This in turn, creates diligent citizens who are mindful about proper garbage disposal.

The garbage is thereafter burnt in the waste-to-energy plants and later used to provide heat for the 1.2 million residents in apartments and another 600,000 households. This saves the people costs on running their own boilers or furnaces. Apart from electricity and heat, Sweden has a system of recycling organic foods and waste to produce biogas which fuels more than 200 buses in the cities as well as garbage trucks and even private vehicles. They have digital sensors that can highlight green bags which carry organic waste and send them to the nearest biogas plant.

Sweden isn't the only country that handles their own waste. Other developed countries like Japan and China also burn their trash and while the method doesn't promote clean energy, it's able to prevent toxins and harmful gases that pollute the air when thrown to a dump site. Garbage dump sites are hazardous as they carry diseases to the poor people who go to scavenge for food. Evidently, this initiative brings more good than bad.

6. China Is the World's Leading Country in Electricity Production Through Renewable Energy

In a report released by the Global Commission on the GeoPolitics of Energy Transformation, the group chairman Olafur Grimsson says, "No country has put itself in a better position to become the world's renewable superpower than China." 

The report says that China is now the world's largest producer, exporter and installer of electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. Mr. Grimsson, who is the former President of Iceland, says "The renewables revolution enhances the global leadership of China, reduces the influence of fossil fuels and brings energy independence to countries around the world. This transformation brings enormous power shifts."

China plans to spend $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020. Although it is the world's greatest producer of renewable power especially in hydro, wind and solar, its needs are still so high that it can only supply for about 30% of all demand from renewable. That's why China is still a large consumer of coal and natural gas. Thus, the rest of demand can be supplied by the coal power plants.

7. Researchers in Australia Generate Hydrogen Energy from Paint

Hydrogen is usually considered as a clean energy that reduces the amount of pollution and toxins from greenhouse gases. At the same time, its produce is expensive and requires large amounts of energy hence not widely used. However, some Australians recently found a way by using sunlight and water vapor.

The process is done by painting some chemicals onto roofs and certain surfaces. The chemical compounds absorb moisture from the air and the solar energy thereafter splitting the water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen which can thereafter be used as fuel.

The paint is not commercially available for another 5 years but the fact that its applicable to bricks, roofs, fences and any surfaces that trap air makes it efficient once it's in public. It could also be used in places that are far away from water and still produce fuel.

8. One Hour of Sunlight Can Supply Enough Electricity for A Year

All the electricity humans use in a year is about 410 quintillion joules while the sun produces about 430 quintillion joules per hour. With the proper abilities to harness that kind of energy, the earth would never have a shortage of power for everyday consumption.

The greatest challenge scientists are facing right now is to create the best energy storage to capture all that heat to be used for the less sunny days. Also, another issue is that the solar panels used in homes can only convert up to 14% of the light energy into electrical energy.

While there have been some new ones which can now trap 20% of solar, they won't be in the mainstream market for another couple of years. This means that while one day it's possible to capture all the energy from the sun, it's going to take quite some time, a lot of funds and inspirations for it to be a reality.

9. Modern Roofs Could Incorporate Solar Panels

In last quarter of 2016, Elon Musk announced his solar panel roofing in which consumers would not need to bother with the typical solar panels. He stated that the roofs are sleek and beautiful making it hard to even know that they are solar-powered homes. Elon went ahead and claimed that he and another Tesla executive had already installed the roofs in their homes.

The roofs, which are made of quartz glass are projected to be hard enough to withstand any damage. Tesla is so confident about this to an extent that the Tesla Solar Roofing issues their clients with an infinite warranty once they purchase the tiles from them. While the project has been slow to kickstart, some of the first people in their waiting list have already experienced the beauty and efficiency of clean renewable energy.

While the prices are not cheap – a little less than $44,000 for a 2,000 square foot. House – the roofs look better than those with traditionally installed solar panels.  Elon said that the project may take longer to fully be available for mass market because they want to ensure the roofs can be durable enough to last for at least 30 years.

After installation of the roof, you can additionally purchase a solar battery to store the charge during cold/cloudy seasons or when you have too much excess power. However, to reduce such situations, before installation Tesla asks for your recent electricity bills to know exactly how many tiles your home needs.

One thing is for sure though. Getting a 100% solar panel covered roof would be overkill. This is because it would not only be expensive, but also wasteful since you wouldn't have any use for that excess power at home. In addition, since the Tesla tiles are super hard and durable, it's very hard to cut the tiles into uniform sizes. The tiles, which can be found on the edges of the roof, can be smaller than those found in the middle. Eventually, whether you have 30% or 50% solar tiles, no one can tell a difference because they are all made of one material.

10. Cochin International Airport in Kerala, India is The First Fully Solar-Powered Airport in The World

If you thought that flying planes was the end of it, think again. V.J. Kurian pioneered the Cochin Airport project in 2013 due to the high electricity bills they were being slapped with occasionally. Kurian, who is the managing director said, "We started with the 100 KW pilot project. We found we could produce about 400 KW of power. Then we thought, why don't we scale it up? Why don't we make the whole airport completely solar powered?"

Cochin, the busiest airport in Kerala, and the seventh busiest airport in India, can generate 29.5 MW of solar power, and it has plans of scaling this up to 40 MW later. The airport also handles over 10 million passengers every year and was even awarded the Champions of Earth Award for Entrepreneurial Vision by The United Nations in 2018. Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program talking with Kurian commented that, "Previous Champion Laureates range from World Leaders to inspiring scientists - all visionaries who drive the world closer to its aspiration of environmental sustainability and a life of dignity for all."

Beneath the solar panels the Cochin Airport has planted crops to grow which, in 2018 alone, produced about 60 tons of vegetables and sold. This is an incredible feat for a project that begun only as a small-scale experiment.

All in all, a lot has been achieved through renewable energy. Great feats are being accomplished every day and it is now more of a reality that renewable energy is the future. It's time we all actively maximized these resources for the improvement of our own personal lives and that of our planet, Earth.

As you may have noticed, there are so many reasons why all countries and organizations are advocating for us to use renewable energy. First, it's because it is renewable. This means that earth is constantly able to produce and replenish herself without much struggle. Second, it is clean energy meaning that it does not produce greenhouse gases. With this, the ozone layer will be saved, and mankind will have a new appreciation for a cleaner, pollution-free Earth as this will reduce global warming.

Top 10 Wind Power Generators for Home Use

Among the trending movies on Netflix nowadays is “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” It is a story about a boy who helped save his family and his whole village from famine by building a wind turbine. This is a wake-up call about the importance of taking advantage of the renewable sources of energy around us.

Wind power has been used for thousands of years now and in the modern world, it still plays a vital role in supplying at least 11% of electricity in the US. You can add more to it if you start generating electric supply for your home from wind energy through the use of readily-available wind turbines. Check out this buying guide and reviews of the 10 best wind power generators for home use today.

Best Wind Turbine Generators for Your Home

Automaxx offers a 600w, mid-level power turbine that is perfect for off-grid use. Off-grid simply means that you don’t depend on the local electric cooperative for the electrification of your property and will solely use renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or hybrid.

This is an easy-to-install wind turbine that has triple fiberglass blades and a 4.3 ft. rotor which is coated with weather-resistant paint and will not rust or corrode. The whole system is lightweight at 31lbs. The minimum cut-in speed of this windmill is 4.5mph and will reach its full capacity at 6.7mph.

It has an automatic braking system through its digital MPPT Charge Controller that is included in the package. This also prevents overcharging of batteries while generating the maximum power output.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​Centerpiece (generator)
  • ​Tailpiece
  • ​Digital MPPT Charge Controller
  • ​Triple Blades
  • ​Nose cone
  • ​Manual brake switch
  • ​Hex bolts
  • ​Hex key
  • ​Nuts
  • ​Washers
  • ​Unilateral open wrench
  • ​Operational installation manual

​PROS

  • ​Fiberglass blades
  • ​Digital MPPT is included in the package
  • ​Lightweight
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​Unspecified wind speed limit

Bottom line :

If you are looking for an entry-to-mid-level wind generator that will automatically control output and prevent power surges in your battery, you are looking at the right product. This is perfect for first time users who want to eliminate too much guesswork and complicated setups for wind speed and output measurements.

If you are among those who are easily impressed by materials and design, Missouri Freedom II is here to satisfy that. It is built with durable components, like the 11-blade turbine which is made with Raptor generation carbon fiber. The blades will stand strong even at 125mph wind speed.

Its permanent magnet generator can quickly turn up a 2000-watt maximum output, isn’t that powerful? This is attributed to the rare earth magnet rotor inside the generator. The rotor also contains twice as much copper than any other competitor’s rotors which translates to more power.

Freedom II is also an improved make and technology from the Missouri brand. They designed this model with a self-tightening cam-lock washer that stabilizes the hub to avoid any blade accidents. There have been reports of this occurrence in the earlier models.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​11-blade turbine
  • ​Freedom PMG Rotor
  • ​Turbine Tail
  • ​Mounting Bracket
  • ​Hub-spacer
  • ​Bolts, Nuts and Hex Key
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Works even on low wind speed (6MPH)
  • ​Copper-coiled rotor
  • ​Durable blade turbines
  • ​Newly-improved product

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Warranty coverage is not specified
  • ​Vibration and noise problems
  • ​The unit is twice as heavy as other brands

​Bottom line:

This product seems like it is indeed built to last. It will not rust nor corrode. It can withstand even the strongest winds at 125MPH and has been improved based on previous design flaws. If only it would run on a wind speed slower than 6MPH, it would have beaten its other competitors to the core.

Some locations may not have robust wind speeds all year round. If you feel like you will not be able to generate as much electricity through a wind turbine alone, it might be best to combine it with solar energy. That’s exactly how ECO LLC 800w Wind-Solar Generator came to be.

This wind-solar generator kit is a combination of a 140W Poly Solar Panel with an optimum power voltage of 18V, 400W Wind Turbine Generator with a battery voltage of DC12V/24V and a 1000W 12V to 110V Off-Grid Inverter. All of these will let you enjoy continuous electricity supply, rain or shine. The service life of this product is up to 15 year.

The wind generator kit has a triple blade turbine made with carbon fiber composite. Its start-up wind speed is as low as 5.5mph and the optimum output starts at 10.5mph. The solar energy is harnessed through three (3) pieces of solar panels. Both setups are connected to a waterproof wind and solar hybrid controller.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​400W 12V/24V Wind Turbine Generator
  • ​20A 12V/24V Hybrid Charge Controller
  • ​140W 12V Poly Solar Panel
  • ​24cm(9.5") Cable with MC4 Connectors
  • ​1000W 12V-110V Pure Sine Wave Off

​PROS

  • ​Wind and solar hybrid
  • ​For residential, industrial and commercial use
  • ​Comes in a complete set
  • ​Works even on low wind speed (5.5MPH)
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included

Bottom line:

The reliability will never be an issue rain or shine if you have resources that will work for you 24/7 like this hybrid wind and solar setup. It is nice that it comes as a complete set. The wind turbine appears a little flimsy which might be the reason why it is best compensated by solar energy. Overall, it is worth giving a shot.

If you are new to the alternative energy resources game, the setup can be overwhelming and intimidating. Looking at a product like Tumo-Int  Generator Kit would make you feel at ease because it is straightforward and comes with a digital controller.

This turbine generator is lightweight and minimalistic in design. Its triple blades can generate 1000w of power at 12.5mph wind speed. It has a 5.5mph minimum cut-in speed. However, its maximum wind tolerance is only 78mph which may not be suitable at extremely windy locations. Since it is designed to be low-noise and low-vibration, it is perfect for those with a smaller perimeter or backyard.

The MPPT Controller that comes with this wind generator detects and shows the real-time voltage generated by the turbines. It also tracks maximum voltage to allow the system to provide the maximum output or charge to the battery without compromising safety.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade turbine
  • ​Controller
  • ​Nose Cone
  • ​Bolts and Screws
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Controller is included
  • ​Low cut-in speed requirement
  • ​Low noise
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Might not survive winds stronger than 78mph

​Bottom line:

You can measure the efficiency of your wind turbines real-time through the digital MPPT controller that comes with this generator kit. The turbines will also efficiently run even on the lowest wind speeds. The only downside of this wind turbine kit is the ability to survive strong winds. The blades and the rotor might be too delicate for harsh weather conditions like a hurricane.

This wind generator turbine from Aleko is one of their latest models. Aleko is a known manufacturer of home and office improvement supplies. The WG410 model comes with a 6-piece glass-fiber reinforced blades that can start producing wind energy at a wind speed of 5mph. The main body is made with die cast aluminum and is fully-sealed, salt corrosion-resistant, and is IP65 qualified.

This product is perfect for home use, but is also suitable for mobile and tiny homes, caravans, boats, sheds and cabins. It is lightweight and can be mounted on high poles. It can generate as much as 400w of electricity which can be classified as an entry level output. A wind speed of 12.5 mph can produce 240w. Comparing it with other devices, this requires a more robust wind speed to attain the maximum output.

It is also equipped with a wind charge controller and strong magnets for optimum power supply. It can be used stand-alone or connected with a hybrid wind-solar setup.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​6-blade turbine
  • ​Integrated Wind Charge Controller
  • ​Nose Cone
  • ​Bolts and Screws
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Integrated controller
  • ​Low noise
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Might not survive winds stronger than 78mph

Bottom line:

For most buyers, affordability is paramount especially when trying out something new. Aleko WG410 Wind Generator Turbine will appeal to the market who are trying out something but do not want to spend so much yet. It is ready for wind-solar power setup, it is definitely low-maintenance and easy to set up. It doesn’t cost much, but it doesn’t give much as well.

This wind turbine generator kit generates 400w wind energy through its 3-piece fan blade that starts producing energy at 5.5mph. The blades are made with carbon fiber composite and can overcome extreme weather conditions. It is also equipped with permanent magnet generators that are built to last and supply the maximum wind energy output possible.

The wind turbine’s power is complemented with the energy generation efficiency of the 6-panel 160w Poly Solar Panel. The solar setup is meant to complement the wind turbine and generate solar power during the day time while the windmill makes wind power 24/7, whenever the wind speed reaches the ideal startup for the turbine. It also comes with a 1500w sine wave inverter that connects the whole system to your home appliances. It offers over temperature, overload and AC output short circuit protection.

The whole setup can be used with the on-grid, off-grid system. It comes with a waterproof IP-65 junction box for advanced dust and water protection and guarantees a long service life. Aside from home use, the setup will also work on boats, greenhouse, sheds and industrial applications because it is salt-corrosion and humidity resistant.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​6pcs 160W Poly Solar Panel
  • ​1pcs 400W Wind Turbine Generator
  • ​1pc 1500 Watts Off Grid Pure Sine Wave Inverter(110V/220V)
  • ​4pcs Y MC4 Solar Panel Connector
  • ​1pcs 20A turbine hybrid controller (which can connect to solar panel & wind generator, and it auto work with 12V/24V)
  • ​1pcs 24cm(9.5") cable with MC4 connectors (which for connect the solar panel and controller)(please cut it into 2pcs when connecting)

​PROS

  • ​Integrated controller
  • ​Low noise
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Might not survive winds stronger than 78mph

Bottom line:

If you are looking for a system that will completely and independently rely on renewable sources of energy, wind and solar setup must be the right one for you. This can also be an excellent on-grid back up if you are not ready to fully convert. It is on the high price point, but with all the positive attributes, Eco-Worthy might be worth your money.

7. VEVOR Wind Turbine 400W 12V Wind Generator

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VEVOR Wind Turbine is a small and simple wind turbine that is perfect for small off-grid installations. It is lightweight, low-noise, low-vibration and it makes it an attractive off-grid power source for small homes, sheds, garages and even marine applications. It has three carbon fiber composite blades that only needs 5.5mph of air to startup. A constant wind speed of 8mph and faster is necessary to maximize this wind turbine.

Its permanent magnet generator guarantees stability and supports efficient output of 400w. It is also integrated with an automatic braking system that will ensure that sudden high wind speeds will not affect the generator. It is also ready for hook-up with various accessories such as a digital multimeter and hybrid installations.  

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-Blade Wind Turbine
  • ​Wind Controller
  • ​Nose Cone
  • ​Screws and Nuts
  • ​Instruction Manual

​PROS

  • ​Small but efficient
  • ​Integrated controller against wind surge
  • ​Low noise and vibration
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Might not survive winds stronger than 78mph

Bottom line:

If you are all about trying out what wind energy might bring you without spending too much, then VEVOR Wind Turbine is definitely a decent choice. There is not much to expect from it, but it meets the expectations on built quality. You must take into consideration the constant wind speed in your area before buying this product.

The whole wind-solar generator from A-Wonderful produces 500w of energy output by combining the power of a triple-blade 400W wind turbine and a 100w foldable solar panel. This impressive combination is made for 12V batteries but can also be connected with other panels and wired in series to charge a  24/48V battery.

The compact body is made with carbon steel and is protected by epoxy zinc-rich primer and polyurethane anti-corrosion treatment. The patented, permanent magnet rotor generator guarantees stability and regulates torque resistance whenever necessary.

The minimum cut-in speed for this wind turbine is 4.4MPH which is at par with other wind turbines. The rated wind speed is at 29MPH which is higher than the other brands’ requirements for the similar expected output. The good thing about this is that it has a high maximum wind speed tolerance of 111MPH. The brand offers an impressive warranty coverage of 5 years on materials and workmanship.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​400W 3-Blade Wind Turbine
  • ​Integrated Permanent Magnet Generator
  • ​100W Foldable Solar Panel
  • ​Nose Cone
  • ​Screws and Nuts
  • ​Instruction Manual

​PROS

  • ​Portable wind-solar setup
  • ​Integrated controller against wind surge
  • ​Low noise and vibration turbine
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​Strong wind threshold at 111mph
  • ​5-year warranty of materials and workmanship

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included

Bottom line:

It is easy to consider using a wind plus solar setup if you will look at the A-wonderful 500w Wind-Solar installation. It covers everything that is necessary for a hybrid installation. The only downside that we see is the rated wind speed requirement which seems to be higher than its competitors. If you live in a consistently windy area, this setup is truly worth the price.

This wind turbine generator kit is compact and lightweight. It is made with high-quality aluminum and stainless steel fittings, and these materials make it durable. The blade is built using premium and high-strength plastic with 30% carbon fiber and anti-UV material. It is also coated with a special material to prevent oxidation and corrosion. The whole unit is water- and sand- resistant making it marine-use ready.

The generator has a microprocessor control that regulates the current and voltage. It has a built-in magnetic circuit design to make the starting torque low and an integrated braking system to prevent strain and damage to the gears when the wind is too strong.

It can generate 400w of electricity at 26MPH wind speed. It has a minimum cut-in speed of 5.5MPH comparable to other wind turbines in the 3-blade category. It is quiet, low maintenance and has a wide range of use for home, office, commercial and industrial applications. The service life of this product under regular use is up to 15 years.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade Wind Turbine
  • ​Controller 12V/24v (For wind only)
  • ​Nose cone
  • ​Instruction manual
  • ​Screws and nuts

​PROS

  • ​Small but powerful
  • ​Durable materials
  • ​Integrated controller against wind surge
  • ​Low noise and vibration turbine
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included

Bottom line:

Happybuy Wind Turbine may seem small but performs really well. The manufacturer specializes in these products and their wind generators are built to last long. This product is also affordable. The only downside is that it does not seem like it is hybrid-ready. The wind turbine itself is an excellent equipment and it might be a great addition to a solar setup.

Compact wind turbines seem to be a trend in wind generators. Npower 400w wind turbine will effectively work on generating electricity 24/7 even if you have low wind speeds in your area. It has a black triple-blade turbine that is marine-coated to prevent rust and to make it versatile for land and marine use.

It is built to run on the minimum wind speed of 5.6MPH and the maximum wattage will be attained at 28MPH. It can withstand winds as strong as 100MPH and is weather-resistant, so if you are in an area with a lot of thunderstorms, you don’t have to worry.

It is equipped with a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) Smart Controller that automatically cuts off charging on your 12V battery once it is full. It can also be used with 12V or 24V systems.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade Wind Turbine
  • ​MPPT Controller
  • ​Instruction manual
  • ​Screws and nuts

​PROS

  • ​Small but powerful
  • ​Durable materials
  • ​MPPT Controller
  • ​Strong wind threshold at 111mph
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included

Bottom line:

NPower may be a new player in the wind generator production. In light of that, they have impressively designed a compact yet reliable wind turbine with an automatic controller. This is beneficial for the service life of both the turbine and your battery. It would have been better if the controller and the whole system were hook-up or hybrid ready.

The Verdict:

Best Wind Power Generator for Home Use – Wind Only

Missouri 11-Blade Freedom II  Wind Turbine 2000w

As we have mentioned, this is an improved product after reports of flaws in the shaft's stability and durability. The company seems to have learned from those mistakes and kept the best features from the previous model, and reinforced everything else. It generates a lot of power and can withstand even the harshest weather.

Best Wind Power Generator for Home Use – Wind and Solar

A-Wonderful 400W Wind Turbine and 100W Solar Panels with Controllers

First and foremost, the warranty coverage is impressive at 5 years. The wind turbine is well-built and the portability of the foldable solar panel will undoubtedly be appealing to buyers with space constraints. The set also comes with everything that you need for easy setup.

Top 5 Windmill Generator Kits 2019

With all the technological advancements that the world is experiencing, we have become dependent on every little thing that brings us comfort and convenience. Obviously, we can no longer live without electricity.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of the total electric power supply in the US is generated from petroleum. It took millions of years before these petroleum sources came to be. Oil is a non-renewable source of energy and endless explorations is a sign that petroleum sources might not be enough for the demand in the near future. Good thing, we can generate electricity by harnessing the power of renewable energy sources - one of which is wind.

Wind energy has been used by ancient Egyptians for sailing, Chinese and Dutch for agriculture and Americans started using windmills for electricity since the 1800s. Technology helped us make this energy source accessible that we can install windmill generator kits in our homes. That guarantees years of savings on electricity costs and saving the environment too. We’ve shortlisted the best turbine kits to help you get started.

Best Wind Turbine Kits for Your Home

This DIY wind turbine kit offers an easy-to-install package at an affordable price. It is made with weather-resistant material Polypropylene and Glass Fiber. That makes Windmill Wind Turbine a choice for land and marine application.

This home wind turbine was also made in consideration of possible wind surges and voltage surge. It is equipped with an integrated automatic braking system and manual braking switch that will prevent overcharging of the battery.

It has a low cut-in wind speed that will allow the turbines to rotate even at a minimum wind speed of 6.7mph. This means that your turbines can still generate electricity even when the wind speed is low or inconsistent. This is also compatible with solar panel systems and can be easily connected as an alternate energy source.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​Center piece and tail with the generator
  • ​Built-in Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • ​Triple blade turbine
  • ​Manual Brake Switch
  • ​Voltmeter Display Box
  • ​Bolts, Nuts and Hex Key
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Protection from a sudden wind gust
  • ​Surge protection
  • ​Weather resistant
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Cut-in wind speed must be between 12-14mph

Bottom line:

If you are looking for an entry-level residential wind turbine that is easy to set up, protect your battery from power surges and has its automatic brake system against sudden wind gust, this wind generator kit should be your top consideration. However, manage your expectations especially on its minimum cut-in wind speed. Unfortunately, it starts working at 12-14mph and not as advertised at 6.7mph.

Missouri Freedom II is a wind turbine on a mission to harness wind energy even from the lowest wind speed. This all-metal wind turbine is hot dipped galvanized and will not need any rust-proofing. Its hub is also zinc plated. The blades are also made with Raptor Generation carbon fiber and the whole system can last you up to 50 years of regular use.

An 11-blade turbine might sound unusual for a wind generator, but it works well on the Missouri Freedom II. The slim blades seem to be the secret for the turbine to run even on a low wind speed of 6mph – a video footage on Youtube actually shows an anemometer measuring this. An actual test of the turbine’s output shows it can generate approximately 1000 watts with 30mph wind speed. The maximum output of this wind generator is 2000 watts.

In 2018, an improved version of the Freedom II Permanent Magnet Generator (PMG) came out. It is designed with a self-tightening cam-lock washer that prevents the blades from spinning on the shaft. The Missouri Freedom II 2000-Watt Wind Turbine is built to charge 12, 24 and 48 battery banks, depending on the variant you are purchasing.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​11-blade turbine
  • ​Freedom PMG Rotor
  • ​Turbine Tail
  • ​Mounting Bracket
  • ​Hub-spacer
  • ​Bolts, Nuts and Hex Key
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Works even on low wind speed (6MPH)
  • ​Durable blade turbines
  • ​Newly-improved product

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Warranty coverage is not specified
  • ​Vibration and noise problems

Bottom line:

From the most robust winds of 125mph and the lowest speeds of 6mph, Freedom II is committed to free you from high electricity costs. The product manufacturer, with its new improvements for the 2018 release learned from the Freedom’s previous flaws. Incorporating a self-tightening cam lock washer will assure the buyers that earlier problems with the blades damaging the shaft will never happen again.

A good wind turbine generator should not be too heavy that it might topple nor too light that it feels flimsy. That’s precisely how Ista Breeze i-2000 was designed. Its metal body housing is made with aluminum and rotor blades are made glass fiber reinforced plastic that makes it durable yet light. The whole unit only weighs 25kgs.

The Ista Breeze i-2000 can easily generate 2000 watts of electricity at 12-14mph wind speed. It is also surprisingly quiet at 40dB despite its power and can run on low, medium and high wind speeds. If you are one of those who are worried about twisting cables, when using a wind turbine, this product assures the users it won’t happen. The power transmission goes through a slip ring that prevents wire problems.

This wind turbine has a maximized efficiency as it rotates to the direction of the wind to generate more power. Despite these capabilities, this wind generator is designed to be low maintenance.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade turbine
  • ​Turbine Tail
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Low noise
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​2-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​Some users still find the turbine too heavy
  • ​Unspecified minimum cut-in speed

Bottom line:

The Ista Breeze i-2000 is on the mid-range price point compared to the wind generator kits available in the market. The aesthetic appeal of this product also makes it appealing. Like any other wind turbines for home, it is essential to know the minimum cut-in speed of the equipment for it to work in your area efficiently.

Tumo-Int is a manufacturer of a wide range of wind turbines for home and industrial use. They offer a variety of products from 400W to 5000W energy production yield. The 1000w model was designed to work even on the lowest wind speeds with a startup of 5.6mph.

The triple blade turbine is durably made using Nylon Fiberglass material that can withstand wind speeds of up to 90mph. It also self-adjusts to the direction of the wind to capture maximum output possible. Another set of positives for this product is that it’s low-noise, low-vibration and low-maintenance.

Tumo-Int 1000w is paired with a Maximum Power Point Tracking Controller. This enables the users to remotely detect and control the generated voltage of the wind turbine.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade turbine
  • ​Controller
  • ​Nose Cone
  • ​Bolts and Screws
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Controller is included
  • ​Low cut-in speed requirement
  • ​Low noise
  • ​Low maintenance
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included

Bottom line:

If you are in the lookout for a wind generator kit that will provide you the power to remotely view control its efficiency without too many accessories to set up, this product is the right one for you. Likewise, this is very easy to install and with the correct pole height, locations and cable connections, users can surely maximize the efficiency of the Tumo-Int 1000w.

Renewable energy sources like solar and wind can be seasonal and time-bound and there is no perfect way to maximize both than to go hybrid. Solar power can be harnessed during day time and summer while the wind blows at its highest speed at night and during rainy and winter seasons. GOW Wind Generator aims to be easily used together with a solar power setup.

This wind generator has a 3-blade and a 5-blade variant. The blades are built with carbon reinforced plastics. The wind generator's minimum cut-in speed is at 3.5mph which is really impressive. The maximum wind speed, however, is a low down at 45mph. GOWE 500w is suitable for land and marine use.

It comes with a hybrid controller that features voltage regulation and automatic voltage detection. It also prevents overcharge, deep discharge, wind turbine auto-brake and reverse current protection.

What’s in the Box?

  • ​3-blade or 5-blade Turbine
  • ​Controller
  • ​Bolts and Screws
  • ​Operation Manual

​PROS

  • ​Controller is included
  • ​Low cut-in speed requirement
  • ​Land and marine use
  • ​1-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​No mounting pole included
  • ​May not stand strong wind speed beyond 45mph

Bottom line:

A reliable hybrid-ready wind generator is a rare find. GOWE 500w Wind Generator looks really promising despite its low output compared with the earlier products. The capabilities of the controller that comes with it is also a plus factor. The only downside we see is the maximum cut-out speed that the blades can tolerate which may not go over 45mph. 

How Does a Home Wind Generator Kit Work?

A home wind generator is a piece of power-generating equipment that harnesses wind energy. It has a set of blades that rotate according to the wind speed. It usually has a small computer box inside that controls the blades to maximize the generated energy based on wind direction. There are smaller gears inside the box and these gears convert wind to kinetic energy. Energy then passes through a generator which will turn it into electricity.    

Factors to Consider Before Setting Up a Home Wind Turbine

1.    Grid Connection

This is on top of the list because this is the most critical factor to consider. If your electrical connection is grid-connected, you are currently dependent to local power cooperatives or producers all your electrical connections are designed for this type of connection.

Switching to wind energy will require you to go off-grid and you will be solely relying on wind to provide you electricity. But there are other options like a hybrid connection which combines wind and solar energy to produce electricity and generate and store electricity from whichever source is available. Wind is best relied on during rainy season and winter. While solar is there 3 out of 4 seasons of the year.

You may still stay grid-connected while enjoying wind power but this will entail a lot of money for the electrical modifications. You can look forward to making wind energy the primary source of electricity and your grid connection as the secondary one.

Consulting your electric cooperative can help you better assess your decision to switch or combine wind generator kits to your current source. They can also provide you estimates on the rewiring and electrical components necessary. Lastly, they can guide you in applying for tax credits once you decide to pursue using wind turbines.

2.    Wind Velocity and Speed

There are a lot of wind generator kits that can start up on wind speeds as little as 3mph. But let’s be honest, that’s not potent enough to actually fill a battery and support your electricity needs especially if you will solely rely on wind energy.

As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to consistently test the wind speed in your area at least a year before deciding to purchase a wind turbine for your home. You need to make sure that you will constantly have 18mph wind speed to optimize the use of your generator kit.

3.    The height of the Wind Turbine

The height of the mounting pole will affect the consistency of wind that will pass through the wind turbines. Any type of obstruction will affect wind speed and prohibit efficiency. Experts say that the height of the mounting pole should be twice as high as any nearest obstruction like trees, buildings, etc.

4.    Space and Zoning

Another significant consideration is the space that you have in your yard or perimeter. Wind speed varies on every location and if your house is in a vast space, there is a higher chance of you getting as much wind power as you need. It is vital to identify the best part of your property that will be exposed to the strongest wind possible.

However, space is not all there is to consider when deciding where to place your wind turbine. You also have to do your homework checking your Homeowners Association’s rules and regulations on zoning. More importantly, review local laws and that might be prohibiting wind turbine installation in your area.

5.    Noise and Vibration Issues

Although every wind generator kit would promise you that theirs is a “low noise” turbine, it will still boil down to the actual noise when its running and when gusty winds pass through it. Aside from reviewing the decibel rating of these wind turbines, check out some videos of actual running noise and decide if it is something you can live with.

Likewise, there are brands which market their turbines as suitable for roof mounting. But technically speaking, this is not structurally safe for your home. The vibrations these turbines can create can compromise the strength durability of your roof, ceiling and even the walls of your home.

Benefits of Having a Wind Turbine Generator at Home

1.    Save the Environment

You might probably know that 1/3 of the electric consumption in the US and possibly the world is powered by petroleum-derived electricity. Wind energy is instantly available and renewable. It just needs a little work and a little investment for it to be harnessed. But that investment can actually last you for a minimum of 15 years up to 50 years if the components are properly maintained and used under normal conditions.

Shying away from petroleum use can prevent digging oil drilling in land and in the sea that disturbs the natural habitat of animals and pollutes the sea and the air. Using wind turbines will not require gas or coal and will not be harmful to the environment.

2.    Save on Electricity Cost

You must be wondering if the investment for a wind generator kit and its installation would actually be worth it when you sum up all the savings that the manufacturers promise you. Your local electric cooperative will be able to help you with this comparison. Switching will not only let you save on electricity cost for a year or so. This will go on as long as your wind turbine stands and rotates.

3.   Enjoy Tax Credits

Aside from savings on electricity cost, another benefit of switching to wind turbines is the tax credit you can enjoy for using an alternative source of energy. Same perks apply to those who use solar. As for the computation of tax credits, your local tax office can provide you with the tax bracket depending on your dependence on an alternative source of electricity.

Final thoughts:

No doubt turning in to wind energy can be most beneficial for the consumers considering the savings on electricity and the tax credits you can enjoy from it. The decision to entirely or partially switch will rely on the factors that we have presented like the wind speed, zoning restrictions and the type of connection that you have. It will take a lot of research and comparison, but we are hoping that this article was able to help you jumpstart that decision-making process by presenting the best windmill generator kits and how each one can make choosing wind power a breeze!

Best Portable Generators

Ideally, power generators are built and designed to supplement the electricity requirement for homes during emergency power outages. These power interruptions are usually caused by natural calamities, or inadequate supply. These are rare occurrence in the United States though. Likewise, emergencies may not be the only reason why you should invest in a portable generator. You might be one of those people who see the outdoors as an extension of their homes. Whether it’s in your huge backyard, your farm, or an outdoor adventure - a portable generator will certainly ensure you enjoy the outdoors with convenience and without any interruptions.

But how will you know which particular model to get? The wide variety of options may be confusing for first-time buyers, even more so for those who need replacements. This buying guide will help you decide, by giving you insights on how to compute your wattage requirements. By the end of this article, we guarantee that you will arrive at a sound decision, and are ready to click “Add to Cart.”

​​Model Name

​​Running Watts

​​Fuel Type

​​Fuel Capacity

​​Warranty

​​9500w

​​Gas

​​6.6-gallon tank

​​3 years

​​8300w

​​Gas

​​6.6-gallon tank

​​2 years

​​7500w

Gas/Propane

​​6.6-gallon tank with gauge, Propane not included

​​3 years

Gas: 7500

​Propane: 6750

Gas/Propane

​​6-gallon tank, Propane not included

​​3 years

​​3500w

​​Gas

​​4-gallon tank

​​1 year

​​3600w

​​Gas

​​4-gallon tank

​​3 years

​​3500w

​​Gas

​​3.8-gallon tank

​​3 years

​​1700w

​​Gas

​​1-gallon tank

​​2 years

​​1800w

​​​Gas

​​1.3-gallon tank

​​3 years

​​1800w

​​Gas

​​0.95-gallon tank

​​3 years

10000 Watts and Above Portable Generators

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Plug in your most important appliances such as your air conditioner, refrigerator or room heater with a heavy duty and powerful portable generator like the Westinghouse WGen9500. With its large gas tank capacity of 6.6lbs, it can supply up to 17.5 hours of electricity. With over a thousand reviews on Amazon, this portable generator is packed with power and enticing features.

This generator can be used straight out of the box. Just fill the gas tank and you may start it using a push button, via recoil starting or through a remote that’s included in the package. You can conveniently remote start it at a distance of 109 yards. It is easy to track whenever you need to refill the gas with its built-in gauge. You will never be disappointed with its 9500 watts running watts and 12500 peak watts that lets you power even the most energy-consuming appliances at home.

Its control panel shows various connection ports such as two (2) 5V DC USB ports, main breaker,  data center, two (2) 120V AC 20-A 5-20R GFCI outlets, 120/240V AC 30A L14-30R outlet and 120/240V AC 50A L14-50R outlet. All outlets have built-in covers for safety and protection of the users.

Westinghouse WGen9500 is powered by a 457cc heavy-duty Westinghouse 4-stroke OHV engine. It is housed in a cast iron sleeve. It has a low noise operation level at 73db which is equivalent to the sound of a toilet flushing. The required oil capacity for this generator is 1.1 qt. and SAE 10W30 is the recommended oil.

It can easily be transported from one area to another with its foam grip handle and two wheels.  It is easy to use, easy to maintain, has a 3-year warranty and lifetime technical support.

​PROS

  • ​​High-power generator
  • ​​An impressive running time of 17.5 hours
  • ​​No installation required
  • ​Easy to transport
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​User reports of Start Button malfunction
  • ​Operates louder than other portable generators

Bottom line:

Like a job applicant with impressive credentials, the Westinghouse WGen9500 stands out as a heavy-duty, high-power generator qualified for long running hours. It can pretty much last throughout day time and perfect for electricity backups for those who need their air conditioners/heaters and refrigerators running for hours.

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Imagine you’re in the middle of a power outage caused by a hurricane and you ran out of gas for your generator. Even your emergency power back-up will surely need a back-up. That’s what dual fuel generators are for. WEN DF1100T was designed with these shortages in mind. Simply choose between gasoline or LPG to power your generator and switch the power key on the control panel.

The generator is equipped with a 457cc 4-stroke OHV engine which has 8300 running watts and 11000 starting watts as output on gasoline. While using Propane gives it 7500 running and 9500 surge watts. It can hold up to 6.6 gallons of gas and LPG tanks can be easily connected using the 47-inch LPG hose provided in the kit.

The control panel has four (4) 120V GFCI outlets (5-20R), a 120V 30A twist lock outlet (L5-30R), a 120V/240V 50A outlet (NEMA 14-50R) and a 12V DC cigarette-lighter-style plug. There will be no guesswork or transformers needed because you can plug in any appliances with 120/240V voltage requirement.

The half-load run time of this generator with 6.6 gallons of gasoline can run up to 5 hours, while 3 hours on a 20-gallon LPG tank. It is equipped with two wheels and an easy to carry handle for quick transfer and storage. This powerful generator can be used at home, hospitals, construction sites and outdoor sports tournaments. It is also covered with a 2-year warranty.

​PROS

  • ​​High-power generator
  • ​​Dual fuel (Gasoline and Propane) generator
  • ​​No installation required
  • ​Easy to transport
  • ​2-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​User reports of clanking noise
  • ​Operates louder than other portable generators

Bottom line:

Being offered options is good. One of the best ones come with this generator. Since we’ll never really know if Gasoline will always be accessible whether it’s for home use or outdoors, Propane is the most suitable back-up since we have it readily available at home.

7500 Watts Porta​ble Generators

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With the popularity of dual fuel generators, powerhouse brand Westinghouse also came up with their very own with WGen7500DF Portable Generator. It offers 7500 running watts and 9500 peak watts that will let you use your water heater, clothes dryer and other high electricity consuming appliances.

Easily switch between gasoline and propane. This generator is hook-up ready to LPG at it already comes with the hose and the gauge. You just need to purchase a propane tank. If you prefer gasoline, it has a 6.6-gallon tank. It impressively runs for 16 hours even at full tank load. You can also switch between the fuel sources even while the generator is running. There are two ways to power on the unit, through its Push Start Electric Button or the Remote Start Key Fob that can activate the unit even if you are 109 yards away.

All switches and buttons are located in a control panel which has the fuel selector switch, one-touch push-button start, engine shut off, 5V DC USB ports, Data Center, battery charging port, two (2) 120V AC 20A 4-20R GFCI outlets, 120/240V AC 30A L14-30R out and 20A circuit breakers. All outlets are covered to prevent damage and accidents.

Worried about your generator and the oil when it’s running too long? Not anymore with its Automatic Low Oil Shut Off feature. This generator requires minimum supervision. Its powerful 420cc 4-stroke  OHV air-cooled engine is also low maintenance and fuel efficient.

​PROS

  • ​​High-power generator
  • ​​An impressive running time of 16 hours
  • ​​Dual fuel
  • ​Fuel efficient
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​User reports of an oil leak
  • ​Operates louder than other portable generators

Bottom line:

Still on the high-power classification for generators, the Westinghouse WGen7500DF is the perfect duel fuel generator for those who are banking on a good brand name, added convenience of a remote key and the fuel options. It is most suitable for those who are looking for a low maintenance generator that comes with extended warranty coverage as well.

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Generators may not be a supplemental or temporary source or electricity, for some users it may be the only source for a specific period. That’s why it is essential to find one with reliable running time and fuel efficiency. Champion 7500W Portable Generator gives up to 8 hours of power supply with 6-gallon gasoline and 5.5 hours using propane. This generator is versatile and can be switched between two power sources whenever you need it.

It is equipped with a 4-stroke 439cc single cylinder engine which features an Intelligauge that will help you keep track of maintenance reminders and monitor voltage, hertz and run-time hours. The generator is stable and does not have any clanking problems, thanks to the durable 1.5-inch tubular steel frame that protects it.

Champion 7500w Dual Fuel Generator’s power output is impressive on both fuel sources. Gasoline has 7500 running watts and 9375 starting watts. On propane, you can generate 6750 running watts and 8400 starting watts. You will also never have to worry about power overload because of its Volt Guard, a built-in surge protector.    

The control panel of this generator lets you plug in two (2) 120V GFCI 5-20R. It also has 20A and 30A circuit breakers, an ON and OFF switch, a 120V L5-30R outlet, 120/240V L14-30R outlet and the Intelligauge. You’ll never fall short because buying confidence because of its 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

​PROS

  • ​High-power generator
  • ​Dual fuel
  • ​ No installation required
  • ​Durable frame
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​High-price point
  • ​User reports of an oil leak
  • ​Operates louder than other portable generators

Bottom line:

This generator runs straight out of the box. The dual fuel option is a pleaser, but with its higher price point, it should definitely showcase better features than its competitors in the same power output. The only downside is that it does not have a transfer switch outlet and USB ports like other generators.

3500 Watts to 4400 Watts Portable Generators​

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Any generator in the 3500 to 4000w are considered mid-range portable generators. DuroMax is among the trusted brands of portable generators and the XP4400E Portable generator is one of the most purchased models from their generator lines. It can perfectly supply and fully power a small home.

This 7.0HP generator has a running output of 3500w and 4400w maximum output. It is gas-powered and can run up to 8 hours at 50% load with a 4-gallon gasoline supply. The tank is also all-steel and is equipped with an EZ-read gauge so you will up to date with your consumption and if you need to stock up on gasoline.

The power panel gives access to the engine shutoff switch, volt meter, circuit breaker, two (2) 120-Volt outlets and one (1) 120-Volt/240-Volt twist-lock outlet. The generator frame is built using heavy-duty steel with four-point fully isolated motor mounts and ultra quiet muffler which reduce engine noise and prevent clanking.

DuroMax XP4400E is not just a wise investment for your home, it is also easy to bring around with its front carry handle and wheel kit. It is also only 120 pounds and will be easy to load in your vehicle should you wish to use it to power your RVs or as a back=up power supply during campings.

​PROS

  • ​​Heavy-duty steel frame for smooth operation
  • ​​No installation required
  • ​​Durable frame

​CONS

  • ​High-price point
  • ​Operates louder than other portable generators

Bottom line:

This 4400w portable generator from Duromax will surely be a great addition to any home, job site and outdoor events. It promises smooth and quiet operation and it is built with high-quality materials to meet that. It is just a little pricey compared with other known brands with a similar output.

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For those who love the outdoors, a recreational van is both a luxury and a privilege. And there is no better way to maximize the features of your van without occupying too much space than having a compact and portable generator that will never disappoint in terms of power. The Westinghouse WGen3600v is a mid-range portable generator perfect for tiny homes and RVs.

Keep your essential appliances running for up to 18 hours with just 4 gallons per full tank of the WGen3600v. With its 3600 running watts and 4650 peak watts, you will never feel the difference between direct electricity and the alternative power this generator offers.

It can liven up your outdoor adventure with its TT-30R 30A 120V outlet that instantly powers your RV or camper even without special adapters. The power panel has an ON and OFF switch, a 30A Circuit Breaker button, a 30A Circuit Breaker Button, a 120V AC 30A L5-30R Outlet and two (2) 120V AC 20A 5-20R Outlet. All outlets have rubber covers for your safety and protection. The 212cc Westinghouse 4-stroke OHV engine is housed in long last cast iron sleeve that will not rust or corrode. The engine will also automatically shut down in case it reaches its low oil limit.

The generator comes with oil, oil funnel, a tool kit, and a User’s Manual upon purchase. You are also backed by a 3-year limited warranty and a Nationwide Customer Service and Support Network.

​PROS

  • ​​RV-ready generator
  • ​​Heavy-duty steel frame for smooth operation
  • ​​No installation required
  • ​Durable frame
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​Manual recoil start

Bottom line:

The mere fact this is specially-designed to be RV-ready means there’s a demand for it and tiny homes would greatly appreciate the versatility and portability of this generator. The only downside is the manual recoil way to start it. It would be awesome if the manufacturer can adjust the price a bit to accommodate a push to start mechanism.

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Starting a generator during cold months can be challenging and noisy. Imagine if you still have to power it on manually? Thanks to the technology and excellent features of the Champion 3500w Portable Generator, you can now say goodbye to the hard start. The 196cc Champion engine features an electric start with a 3-way ignition switch and a built-in Cold Start Technology.

This generator is also RV ready and appliances inside your van like a refrigerator and air conditioner will have continuous power with its 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts. Have a worry-free overnight outdoor fun with its 12 hours run time with full 3.8-gallon tank gasoline. You can sleep soundly with its rated 68db noise level which is as quiet as a regular air conditioner.

Conveniently turn it on or off even when you are 80 feet away with a remote key fob. You may also start and stop it with a press of a button and when all electronic options don’t work, you can still use its manual recoil mechanism.

Monitor the voltage and get reminded of the maintenance schedules with the Intelligauge voltmeter and digital display. You can also avoid power surges that may damage your appliances with its built-in Volt Guard. Easily transfer your generator from your house, to your shed or to your RV with its wheel kit and comfortable carry handle. This generator is covered by the standard 3-year warranty and a free lifetime technical support from Champion.

​PROS

  • ​Wireless remote to power on
  • ​RV-ready
  • ​No installation required
  • ​Durable frame
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​High-price point versus generators with the same output

Bottom line:

This generator proves to be a reliable, convenient and durable option among the portable generators with a 3500w output. It is also RV-ready and wirelessly starts using a remote. The most bankable feature is the Cold Start Technology making it more appealing to those who love the great outdoors even during cold months. The only downside is that it is around 25% more expensive than its competitors. 

1800 Watts to 2200 Watts Portable Generators

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You don’t have to spoil the fun in your camping because you will have to carry a big, bulky and heavy generator. If you are looking for a true blue definition of portability, Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 Portable Generator might be the perfect one for you. It is only 54.6lbs. and can be carried by a single person and more comfortably by two since handles are built side by side.

It can provide power to your household during emergency power outages caused by typhoons and other natural calamities for up to 8 hours at 25% load with just a 1-gallon tank of gasoline. Its 111cc OHV engine runs efficiently and quietly and it produces a 1700 running watts and 2200 starting watts.  It guarantees less than 3% total harmonic distortion which means there will be minimal to zero surges that may harm your laptops, personal computers, television and gaming consoles.

It has two (2) 120V Household Outlets, one (1) 12V-5A, DC Outlet with USB Adapter and one (1) Parallel Port all conveniently placed in one control panel. It starts using manual recoil mechanism, but you don’t have to worry about being bothered by noise because it operates at 57db or even quieter than your normal speaking voice.

It has a dedicated parallel connector port that lets you connect two units of Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series Generator and provide twice as much power for your household needs. This portable generator is covered by a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.

​PROS

  • ​No installation required
  • ​Portable and easy to carry
  • ​Low noise
  • ​2-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​Manual recoil start
  • ​High-price point versus generators with the same output

Bottom line:

You will never go wrong with a smaller generator especially if you are most likely to use it outside than inside your home for your outdoor activities and job site needs. It is quiet, has protection against electrical surge and is durable. However, it may be small, but some buyers might find it significant in term of prices. It is priced as much as generators with 30% more power output.

Usually, portable generators with an output ranging from 1800w to 3600w as meant to run all the essential appliances at home. Meaning, it can supply electricity to your electric stove, refrigerator and can charge your mobile devices at the very least. Westinghouse WH220iXLT is a compact generator that can provide power to your home essentials for at least 13 hours on a 1.3-gallon gas tank.

This 43-lb. portable generator has an output of 1800 rated watts and 2200 peak watts. It works as quiet as your refrigerator and it is smart enough to give Low Oil and Overload alerts. Its control panel features two (2) 120V AC 20A 5-20R outlets, circuit breaker, low oil, overload and output ready indicator lights, circuit breaker, choke, a 12V outlet with cover and engine shut off. It can be started using manual recoil which is also located at the control panel. Expect fuel efficiency with the built-in Efficiency Mode for this portable generator.

You can bank on more power if you connect two Westinghouse WG2200iXLTs using a Westinghouse Inverter Parallel Cord with its parallel capability. Combining two WG2200iXLT means more savings and fuel efficiency because it provides twice as much power with only ¼ of the gasoline required for the same output from a single generator. This portable generator is backed by a 3-year warranty with a lifetime technical support from Westinghouse.

​PROS

  • ​​Can be connected to a similar generator for more power supply
  • ​​No installation required
  • ​​Portable and easy to carry
  • ​Low noise
  • ​3-year warranty

​CONS

  • ​Manual recoil start
  • ​High-price point versus generators with the same output

Bottom line:

This generator is compact but not lacking in features. It has an impressive control panel that features efficiency mode and light indicators for overload and low oil and this is something that the other generators don’t have. The parallel connectivity feature is also a practical fuel efficiency feature. It is however priced as much as bigger generators.

How to Find the Best Portable Generator for Your Need?

1. Identify your Power Requirement

Generators are most commonly used as electricity back-up. It is something that is meant to supply power to your most needed appliances. During winter, you might need a room heater and a water heater. If you have an infant, you will most likely need a refrigerator to keep baby essentials like breast milk fresh. With these in mind, it is necessary to identify the daily power requirement of these appliances and sum it all up to arrive at your power requirement. Check out this guide for your quick reference:

Appliance

Approximate Watts

​​Dishwasher

​​1200-1500

​​Refrigerator, 16 cu.ft.

​1200

​​Microwave

​​1000

​​Window Aircon, 1HP

​​1000

​​LCD TV

​​150

​CFL Bulb, 60W

​18

​​Room Heater

​​1500

​​Electric Water Heater

​​4500

​​Stand Fan

​​200-300

2. Manner of Usage

How do you intend to use your power generator? Will you use it during emergency power outages? Do you love hosting outdoor parties? Do you regularly go camping? Do you need power for your recreational vehicle? All of these can affect the way you will choose a generator. For example, not all generators are RV-ready. Likewise, not all at light enough to be brought during campings.

If you live in California, it is also vital to purchase a CARB compliant generator. CARB stands for California Air Resource Board, a regulatory body in the State of California that ensures and maintain healthy air quality by setting rules and regulations on emissions from motor vehicles, generators, lawn mowers, etc. You would have probably noticed that there are generators in the market that explicitly say “Not for sale in California.”

3. Type of Fuel and Fuel Efficiency

The two most common fuel types for portable generators are gasoline and propane or LPG. Most generators have only one source and that is gasoline, but lately, dual fuel generators are becoming the rising stars for power back-up. You can expect more extended running hours using gas-powered generators and propane is around 25% shorter in running time.

Having a dual fuel generator is like providing back-ups for a back-up power source although this type of generators is usually higher-priced.

4. Noise Level

This is also a huge factor to consider. How close is your nearest neighbor? If the distance is too tight, you can never get a generator that emits noise louder than an average person’s speaking voice which is 60db. Anything louder that will be as loud as a blender or a vacuum cleaner which can be annoying for most people. If you can choose one with the noise level between 30 to 55db, then you don’t have to spend on long cables just to keep your generator farther from where you and your neighbors might be disturbed by it.

5. Budget

With these reviews of the portable generators, you might probably saw the price differences. Sometimes, these generators have the same rated watts, but the other is twice the price. Check on the features that you really need and those that you can do without.

Factors that cause the price to spike up are a wireless/remote start, cold start technology and parallel capability. You may opt to get a higher priced one especially if the warranty coverage is longer and the features are better to make your life easier during power outages.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Portable Generator

1. Always Read the Operator’s Manual

This is the first rule of thumb. If you don’t read the manual before operating any machine or equipment, chances are you will likely not be able to resolve any problems that might arise immediately and will still resort to it later on. So it is a smart move actually to refer to it from the onset.

Your operators manual will provide all the do’s and don’ts on your generator. It will also show you common error codes and how to resolve each one. It is not just a troubleshooting guide, it is what you need to keep your generator in tip-top condition.

2. Store Your Generator in a Covered and Dry Place

It can be your garage or your shed, what’s important is that it is not accessible to children, it will not get wet and will not be exposed to direct sunlight. But it should be easily accessible to you when the need arises.

There are also types of generator storage:

3. Short-term Storage (Less than a month)

If you are using your generator this often, all you have to do is clean the unit especially around the frame and the control panel. And keep it in a dedicated area where you can immediately get it.

4. Long-term Storage (Between 2 to 3 months)

Storing your generator for a period of 2 to 3 months will require a more thorough storage preparation especially if your unit still has gasoline on its tank. You may either empty the tank by letting the generator turned on until its all used up or use a gasoline stabilizer that can keep your fuel fresh, longer.

5. Change Your Generator Oil Regularly

Just like a car’s engine, your generator’s engine needs periodic oil replacement. New generators are equipped with “low oil” indicators to alert users that it needs to be topped up. Some generators automatically shut off when oil reaches the minimum level.

It is advisable to check the oil level before every use of your generator, a dipstick is built-in on the oil tank and must always be refilled up to the full marker. Refer to the Operation Manual for the recommended type of oil for your generator.

6. Subject the Essential Parts to Regular Inspection

A periodic inspection on the vital parts of your generator will make sure that these faulty parts will not affect the total performance of your equipment. Among the components that usually wear off and need to be replaced over a period of time are the following:

  • Carburetor
  • Air filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Spark plug

It is the perfect portable generator for every household. It is not underpowered and it is not too much either. It can provide electricity even to the most energy-consuming appliances like the refrigerator and air conditioners. It can also offer an impressive running time of 16 hours, depending on the load. You will never have to worry when you run out of fuel as well since you can easily take your LPG tank out and hook your generator up and your appliances will be up and running again.

If you live in California, it might be helpful to know that this product is CARB compliant will not cause air pollution. The best feature of this dual fuel generator is “on the fly” fuel change or the capability to switch from one fuel source to another while the generator is running.

You can enjoy all of these features of less than a thousand dollars and have the buying confidence as it is covered by a 3-year Manufacturer’s Warranty and Lifetime Technical Support Nationwide. With Westinghouse WGen7500DF you will have access to back-up electricity, for your home and wherever you may need it.