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Generators and Portable Power Units Are Good for More Than Just Power Outages

Power - by Joe Weber - updated on 8/25/2022

Using a generator

Did you know that generators and portable power systems can be used for so much more than just when the power goes out? They are such versatile tools to have in your arsenal and have so many uses. Read on for some of the best uses for generators and power stations.

Is a portable generator a good investment?

As you'll learn later, there are so many uses for portable power systems that they will be useful in so many situations that you'll be surprised that you never bought one sooner. With so many clean energy options from Goal Zero, you can have backup power without the need to have a noisy engine running and can even help the environment.

What type of generator is needed for a house?

Both gas and battery-powered generators and power stations will work to provide power to your home in the event of a power outage. Whether gas or battery powered, the most important thing to consider when choosing a generator or power station is to get one that has slightly more watts than you need to run all of your necessary electronics.

To determine what wattage generator you require, look at the wattage requirements on your electronics and add them all together. Take the largest starting wattage power from those items and add that on top. For example, if you have a total wattage requirement of 3000 watts + 2500 starting watts, you would need at least a 5500-watt generator. In ideal situations, you would want a generator or power station that has more wattage than your requirement so it is not running at full capacity.

What Are Other Uses for Portable Generators?

Emergencies and Power Outages

One of the most obvious reasons for having a generator or power station is for those moments when the power goes out at your home due to a weather event or other reason. With a lithium power station from Goal Zero, you can power things like phones, fans, small heaters and more until the power comes back. With many sizes to choose from, there is a solution for all emergency situations.


Maybe you're more into "glamping" than camping. Having a lighter-weight portable inverter generator for your camping trip will allow you to run things like TVs, gaming consoles, portable fridges and more.


Construction sites often don't have connections to normal power supplies. A powerful 7000W generator from Champion is a great addition to the toolkit so tools like drills, grinders, saws and more power tools can be used.

Working At Night

Completing a project at night can be tricky. There's clearly a lack of light when the sun sets and a generator will let you run lighting to help your work 'round the clock'.

Food Trucks

Don't want to put all that strain on your truck battery? A generator will let you run all of your kitchen electronics to continue cooking for the masses.


Some parties, like family reunions and large cookouts, will have electrical demands. Refrigerators, electric grills, DJ setups, and even inflatable toys will be able to operate if you have a generator handy.


Having portable power on a boating trip can be handy to power portable fridges, charge phones and more. There are many silent power station options available to use on a boat where you don't want to add a lot of noise.

Sporting Events and Tailgating

Are you running concessions at a local football game or having a tailgate at the college game with all of your friends? Keep the tunes going and the electric grills cooking the whole time with a power generator.

Find Your Portable Power System at Batteries Plus

We make it easy to find the right generator or power station for you with a large selection at Batteries Plus. Take a look at our Generators page to learn about all of our options available and our Goal Zero page to learn more about our selection of battery-operating power stations. Or, stop into your local Batteries Plus location and have our trusted experts help you find one that works for you.

For more information on why you should have a generator in your home, read our blog articles titled, "Everything You Need to Know About Generators (And Why You Should Have One)" and "Emergency Supplies You Need For Your Storm Prep Kit".

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