We live in a high-tech world, no matter where we reside; and thus we have resources at our beck and call. Take power for example. Electricity is almost universal (and the hallmark of progress), but power can sometimes go out in the most modern places. It is surprising how often it does when there is an overload on the system such as a hot day in New York City, or during a hurricane in Florida. If so, we resort to the latest technology such as a backup generator. It is odd that so few people own them. They are very affordable unless you want a whole-house size and then it can run up to a thousand dollars or more. But if you want ultimate protection during an outage, with all bases covered, this is the way to go. You can buy a generator to run your basic appliances or one that can run the AC as well. It all comes down to comfort level. What can’t you live without? The toaster, the coffeemaker, your hair dryer or electric razor?
I speak from experience having had one or more such outages in the last few years. It can be mighty inconvenient if you are in the middle of something important, like watching your favorite movie on TV. What if you are cooking dinner or snuggled under that cozy electric blanket on a cold winter’s night. Even the best utility company can run into trouble. Then there are the times when the power lines go down because of a windstorm or someone has crashed into a pole. Since you can’t count 100% on uninterrupted power, it is best to be prepared with a good portable generator at the very least.
If I had to select one for you, I would vote for the Ariens 7500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator w/ Honda GX Engine that runs about $1,000. As emergency generators go, this is a good, reliable choice to back up essentials in a home during an outage. It has a reliable commercial grade engine so you get plenty of power. It has an easy-to use battery operated starting system with recoil backup. You push a button and it is in operational mode in a flash. A nice feature is that it alerts you when oil is running low at an unsafe level. But not to worry, with its 9-gallon metal fuel tank, you get up to 12 hours of run time. Finally, it has a brush-type alternator with auto voltage regulation to prevent damaging voltage spikes that can harm your electronics. I might add that it has easily connect extension cords and a manual transfer switch.
My personal portable backup generator has seen me through some rather hard times and I am sure one of these marvels will do the same for you. If you live in an area vulnerable to outages, by all means have a look at the Honda engine model and others of a similar ilk. You never know when you will need it.