3 Essentials Tips Before Buying a Survivalist Generator

survivalist generatorChoosing the Best Survivalist Generator

There are many reasons you could need a backup power source. From an act of god to accidentally shorting out your circuits, to getting stuck powerless in a storm. A Survivalist Generator is a god send in trouble.

Survivalist Generators are household staples in places like Florida where the threat of a hurricane is imminent. Most run on gas and only get used maybe once a year.

They’re something you don’t need until you really need them (like a first aid kit). Don’t get stuck in the dark, powerless, and in need of help.

Read this short, powerful guide to buying a solar based survivalist generator  or this guide for a conventional gas/propane based survivalist generator.

Things to Consider

When you’re buying a survivalist generator, you need to make sure it’ll fit your needs. This means knowing that you can afford it, afford to power it and that it can provide enough power for your family.

Before you buy, ask yourself these three questions below.

What’s your Budget?

You’re going to spend at least one thousand dollars on your survivalist generator and that’s for a small one. They’re complex pieces of machinery, which is why they cost so much.

In an emergency, when you’re safe and warm with power to your phones, you won’t think about the cost. You can buy from most sites and stores with finance plans, so you won’t drop a whole thousand at once for you survivalist generator.

The price also depends on the type and capabilities you need.

Type

There are two main types of survivalist generators, standby and portable. A portable generator has wheels and you usually keep it in the corner of the garage.

A standby generator gets welded into the electrical system of your home. If the original power sources fail or go out, the generator automatically comes on.

Due to the complexities of installing a standby generator, they’re more expensive. However, they’re more trustworthy than having to venture outdoors and get your portable from the garage.

Like everything in life, you pay for ease and convenience. If it’s worth it to you to have automatic safety, pay more for your survivalist generator.

Specifications

Ok, now that you have an idea how a survivalist generator  works, you need to see what will work for you.

How much energy do you need? How many watts of energy does your family use per day? Do a quick calculation and divide your power bill by the days in a month.

Then choose a generator that covers that power range. If you get a diesel-powered generator, it’ll have a higher wattage but cost more up-front.

If you live out in the country or in a high-risk area where help may not arrive for days, get more watts to account for that. You want to have what you need to get through an emergency.

The Survivalist Generator Decision

With these things in mind, what’s the highest wattage your family needs that’s in your price range? Make a list of three or so, and read the online reviews.

Once you’re ready, buy your survivalist generator, do it! You never know when an emergency will hit.

Here are a selection of the top survivalist generators. The first few are Solar Generators, the next ones are Gas Generators and the last ones are diesel generators. Enjoy the selection.

Top Survivalist Generators

Bestseller No. 1
Genex Nature's Generator - Gold GXFSSLV
Genex Nature's Generator - Gold GXFSSLV
5 Reviews
  • Nature's Generator has a built-in 1800W Pure Sine Wave Inverter and Internal 60 AH battery; Helps produce 720 watt hours of total output on a single charge.
  • 1 - 100W Polycrystalline Solar Panel with included Solar Panel Cart for ease of transport and movement
  • Includes 3 - 120V AC outlets , 2 - USB ports that produce 3A of combined power , 1 - 12V DC outlet, 1 - Solar Input (200W charge controller included) and 1 - Wind Input (300w charge controller included)
  • Bluetooth Smartkey for easy pairing with iOS and/or Android devices. Allows you to track system use and run system diagnostics.
  • Built-in 600-Volt/175 Amp expansion port for connecting an unlimited amount of nature's power pods
Bestseller No. 2
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Camping Generator 110V/200W AC Outlet, 12V Car Port, 2 USB Outputs, Optional Solar Panel, Solar Generator for Fishing Vanlife CPAP Picnic
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Camping Generator 110V/200W AC Outlet, 12V Car Port, 2 USB Outputs, Optional Solar Panel, Solar Generator for Fishing Vanlife CPAP Picnic
278 Reviews
  • JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION, POWER OUTDOORS!
  • JACKERY EXPLORER 240: one of the Jackery Explorer family, is a Portable Power Station, features an AC-outlet, CarPort and USB-outputs. With its 240Wh Capacity, it's capable of charging/powering multiple portable device to fulfill your needs on power when living an outdoor life.
  • EASY OUTDOOR LIFE: light and compact, it's easily portable and lightest in its class at just 6.6 lbs and 5'' wide and 8'' tall, with an easy-carry handle for easy travel. It's noise-free without vibration. And it hazes zero emissions, therefore does no harm to personal health, nor to the nature.
  • RECHARGED ANYWHERE: recharged under the sun with the Jackery 50W Solar Panel (sold separately) within 10-hrs (in full sun) while living outdoors; recharged from a CarPort within 8-hrs while living a van life; or from an AC wall outlet within 8-hrs.
  • POWER OUTDOORS: Plug in a mini coffee maker, mini-fridge, portable cooler and much more. Now you can keep food fresh in coolers for a family cook-out at the campsite. Or keep your drinks cold and plug in a TV/Projector for tailgating before the big game or camping with friends. Or power your GoPro/camera to film your adventures when fishing, hunting, car-traveling, boating etc? Take Jackery Explorer 240 with you to power all your outdoor fun.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, Solar Generator Lithium Power Supply 167Wh 46400mah 150W Max with 110V/100W AC Inverter, USB-C, USB-A ports, DC 12V port for Camping CPAP Fishing Emergency
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, Solar Generator Lithium Power Supply 167Wh 46400mah 150W Max with 110V/100W AC Inverter, USB-C, USB-A ports, DC 12V port for Camping CPAP Fishing Emergency
150 Reviews
  • JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION, POWER OUTDOORS! Jackery Explorer 160 weighs only 3.84lbs. Its compact dimensions (7.4 x 4.5 x 6.7inch) and durable handle provide simple portability. The Explorer 160 high capacity 167Wh, 46400mah (11.6Ah/14.4V) generator affords power while camping off-grid, at festivals, fishing hunting and during short blackouts
  • CHARGE MOST OF YOUR DEVICES ANYWHERE: Equipped with 1*USB-C port(5V 3A), fast-charging 2*USB-A ports(5V 2.4A), a standard DC 12V port(12V/7A), and an AC inverter(110V 60Hz 100W 150W max); It can charge everything from smartphones and laptops to cameras,CPAP and drones
  • ECO-FRIENDLY AND QUIET: Jackery Explorer 160 is equipped with a lithium battery pack-no fumes, no clanging and no fuel needed! To recharge simply plug the unit into a wall socket, car or solar panel (sold separately). Full charge takes 5 hours by wall socket and car, and 8-10 hours by solar panel depending on weather
  • Other cool features: (1)LCD screen with charge/discharge and battery life status; (2) Switch with indicator light for on/off output port charging; (3)powerful built-in LED flashlight with SOS mode (long press the button), very helpful when outdoor or at home
  • Safety and warranty: battery management system (BMS) enables short circuit protection, voltage control, temperature control and more advanced safeguards; We back our 24 month product warranty with 24/7 friendly customer service
Bestseller No. 4
Bolt Lite Solar Portable Generator UPS Battery 800w Peak Backup Generator, Rechargeable Power Source Inverter with 110V/500W 3 AC Outlet, 12V Car, 4 USB Ports, Camping, Car Jump Starter, Emergency
Bolt Lite Solar Portable Generator UPS Battery 800w Peak Backup Generator, Rechargeable Power Source Inverter with 110V/500W 3 AC Outlet, 12V Car, 4 USB Ports, Camping, Car Jump Starter, Emergency
20 Reviews
  • - Warranty: free replacement or repair on any damaged (non man-made damage) portable power supply for TWELVE MONTHS!
  • - EARY RECHARGING: able to be recharged by solar panel, wall outlet, or in your car
  • - EASY TO CARRY: 12.70*5.91*8.66 inches, 7.05Lb; it is THE portable battery you want to keep around. Super convenient!
  • - BUILT-IN PORTS: Pure-sine wave inverter,3 three-prong 110V receptacles (for devices up to 500Watt/0.67Hp) ,4 DC 12V ports ,4 USB ports ,1W Led flashlight,Car emergency jump starter,emergency power generator around you! Just weighs 7LB!
  • - LARGER CAPACITY: 288Wh/500W powerful portable battery for indoor/outdoor usage, CPAP, small home appliances, etc.
SaleBestseller No. 1
DuroStar DS4000S, 3300 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator
DuroStar DS4000S, 3300 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator
708 Reviews
  • Durable DuroStar 7.0 Hp, air cooled OHV engine w/low oil shutoff
  • Heavy duty steel frame with four point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation
  • Full power panel with oil warning light, volt meter, circuit breaker and power outlets
  • Power Plug Configuration:(2)-120 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz-NEMA 5-20R Outlets, (1)-120 Volt, 30 Amp, 60 Hz-NEMA L5-30 Outlet
  • 8 Hour run time
SaleBestseller No. 2
Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start
Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start
402 Reviews
  • Dual Fuel - Runs on GAS or PROPANE straight out of the box. Engine type: 4-stroke, wheel diameter: 8.0 inches
  • 4750 starting watts, 3800 running watts with up to 9 hours run time on a full tank of gas and up to 10.5 hours on a 20 lb. propane tank
  • Powered by a reliable 224cc Champion engine with Touch Start, push-button electric start (battery included)
  • Outlets - 120V 30A RV, 120V 30A locking, two 120V 20A household outlets all secured by Volt Guard, protects your appliances from power surges
  • Champion Support - 3 year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support
SaleBestseller No. 3
WEN 56200i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant
WEN 56200i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant
609 Reviews
  • Extremely quiet operation is comparable to the sound of a normal conversation according to the US Department of Health and Human Services
  • EPA III and CARB Compliant 79.7 cc 4-stroke OHV engine produces 2000 surge watts and 1600 rated watts
  • Great for campgrounds, construction sites, tailgates and power outages
  • Produces clean power to safely operate and prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smart phones, tablets, televisions and computers
  • Includes two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle and one 5V USB port
SaleBestseller No. 1
Champion 4000-Watt RV Ready Digital Hybrid Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology
Champion 4000-Watt RV Ready Digital Hybrid Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology
214 Reviews
  • Advanced Open Frame Inverter Design - 50% quieter and 20% lighter than a traditional Champion 3500-watt generator, plus our Economy Mode feature saves fuel and extends engine life
  • Quiet Technology and Extended Run Time - 64 dBA is great for RVs, tailgating, your next project or home backup, with 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts for up to 17 hours run time on gasoline
  • Clean electricity for sensitive electronics - RV Ready with a 120V 30A RV, plus two 120V 20A household outlets with clean power (less than 3% THD) and 12V DC outlet with dual USB adapter
  • Parallel Ready - Increase your power output by connecting up to two 2800-watt or higher inverter or digital hybrid with the optional Parallel Kit
  • Champion Support - Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
SaleBestseller No. 2
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start - 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant - Transfer Switch Ready
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start - 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant - Transfer Switch Ready
1,168 Reviews
  • 7500 Running Watts and 9500 Peak Watts; Remote Start with Included Key Fob, Electric and Recoil Start; 6.6 Gallon Fuel Tank with Fuel Gauge; 10 Hour Run Time at 50% Load
  • Features Two GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) 5-20R 120V Household Duplex Receptacle and One L14-30R 120/240V Twist-Lock Receptacle; All Outlets Have Rubber Covers for Added Safety
  • Plug-and-Play: Comes with a Remote Start Key Fob, 12V Battery Charger, Oil, an Oil Funnel, a Tool Kit, and a User's Manual to Get You Started Right Out of the Box (Minimal Assembly Required)
  • Powered by a 420 cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine Featuring a Long-Lasting Cast Iron Sleeve with Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and Digital Hour Meter
  • EPA, CARB, and CSA Compliant; Backed By a 3-Year Warranty; Nationwide Customer Service and Support Network at 1-855-944-3571
Bestseller No. 3
Champion 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator (EPA)
Champion 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator (EPA)
327 Reviews
  • Designed for Safety - Includes a low-oil shut-off sensor and has a 0.6-quart oil capacity (recommended 10W-30)
  • Reliable and Powerful - At 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts, enjoy up to 12 hours of run time on a full tank of gasoline with a noise level of 68 dBA from 23 feet
  • Outlets - A 120V 30A locking outlet, a 120V 30A RV outlet and a 120V 20A household outlet
  • Volt Guard - Prevents overloads and keeps your valuable equipment safe from voltage spikes, plus a voltmeter allows you to monitor power output at a glance
  • Champion Support - Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts

If that wasn’t enough you might like to go to this really large  shopping selection of Solar Survivalist Generators.

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Author: Michael Bennet

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