Large capacity generators are real work horses, supplying enough power to keep your home running during a blackout as if the main power were still on. This is especially true if you use a transfer switch to connect the unit to your home. You’ll be able to power a 10,000 BTU air conditioner, your microwave, your water heater, your washing machine, refrigerator, freezer, and sump pump, all at the same time. Swap out a couple of things and you can get your clothes dryer and dishwasher going. 8,000 watt max capacity portable generators really put out a lot of power.
Units this size are perfect for emergency use during blackouts at your home, but you can also use them on a job site to power tools and equipment. They are generally pretty heavy, over 200 pounds, so you’ll need help lifting one, but you should be able to easily wheel one around. The unit I recommend below even has a special bracket that lets you hook up a mini crane to lift it up into the bed of your truck. That’s pretty cool.
The ETQ TG72K12 is the best large capacity portable generator, coming in at 8,250 max watts and 7,250 rated watts. It is the second ETQ (Eastern Tools and Equipment) model to make my best list, the other model being the TG32P12 in the medium capacity category.
The TG72K12 will run for 10.5 hours at 50% load and 6.5 hours at 100% load, which means you’ll be able to sleep soundly all night knowing that your AC or heat won’t go out because your generator runs out of fuel.
The TG72K12, like most of ETQ’s models, uses its advanced Clean Sine Alternator Technology. This technology uses a unique alternator design that lowers the total harmonic distortion (THD) of the power produced by the generator. A lower THD means cleaner, better quality power is produced. This allows you to hook up your sensitive electronics like computers and DVD players without have to worry about a surge damaging their components.
You also get a push button electric start function with the TG72K12 if you buy a battery and hook up it. You don’t have to add this option if you don’t want as the ETQ works fine using just the pull cord to start it. But a push button start is a nice option to have.
Don’t worry about the TG72K12 blasting your eardrums out either. A 14 horsepower generator is not going to be quiet, but you can expect it to put out a reasonable 70 decibels from about 23 feet. 70 decibels is about like the street noise you would hear in the city; a little bit loud, but you can still carry on a conversation.
Overall the ETQ TG72K12 is a great buy for a large capacity portable generator coming in under $800.
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