Does a portable generator need a cover while in use? Let’s think about that. Of course you can run your portable generator with a cover. It doesn’t need a cover to work. At least for a while. But the question “does a portable generator need a cover?” depends on your view of need. If you want to get the most for your money, if you want your portable generator to last for many years and protect your home, your work site or your office from the possible of power loss, then you need a cover on your portable generator.
The purpose behind a cover for a portable generator is to protect it from inclement weather such as rain, wind, ice and snow, and to protect it from rodents, birds and other outdoor items such as tree sap that can get into the elements of the portable generator.
After all, you cannot run your portable generator in doors or in any area that is enclosed. Were you to do so you would run the risk of deadly carbon dioxide poisoning. So, you’re left with running your portable generator outside. You need to do something to cover your portable generator while it’s out there.
Briggs & Stratton, for example, one of the best portable generator manufacturers, also designs and sells just the portable generator covers and cord covers you need. For the generator you can choose from medium covers by Briggs & Stratton to large or extra large. These vary in price from $16.99 to $24.94. Cord covers are priced at about $9.
The answer, then to the question “Does a portable generator need a cover?” is only if you think that spending a very small amount of money is worth considerably increasing the life and durability of your portable generator.