Pros & Cons Of Portable Generators (Why It’s Best To Get Them)

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Generators are becoming an important part of anyone who lives in an area where power outages are common. In today’s modern world, we highly rely on electricity for almost all our tasks. There was a time not very far away when electricity had not been invented and people used to live their lives normally. Fast forward to the 21st century and we cannot even begin to imagine what our life would be like without electricity. And when that happens sometimes during a power outage, we are left in a dilemma as to how to achieve even the most simple tasks around the house without any power.

When you think about businesses and large organisations, imagine the kind of loss they would have to incur if all their processes and services stopped because of a power breakdown. Therefore, a backup source of power is becoming increasingly important for anyone whether a homeowner or a businessman.

When you think of rental options for these machines in Singapore, we are your trusted portable generator rental supplier in Singapore. We specialise in handling the entire process of generator rental from cabling to switchboards, electrical panels, SOA plugs and sockets, and essential supply equipment with a standby crew.

When we consider various options in these electric machines in Singapore, we come across many different types, one of them being portable. It is a diesel generator that is powered by diesel, gas, or propane and it converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. An alternator like this in Singapore consists of power outlets that allow you to connect various electrical appliances and extension cords. They usually have a capacity of 3kW to 10kW.

When considering a generator rental, it is important that you be aware of its pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. Some of these pros and cons are discussed below.

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Pros Of A Portable Generator

The most common benefits of a portable source of power are included in the following:

  • One of the most obvious advantages is that it can easily be moved around without any difficulty. Whether you are going to a beach house or camping, you can easily take it along and meet your power needs.
  • It has a relatively smaller size, so when it is installed, it will take very little space and not be a sore for the eyes. And if it is not to be used for some time, you can easily tuck it away in storage. In case of a bigger standby machine, you would need a much larger space for its installation and storage.
  • It can be the source of uninterrupted power supply for your home or office so that your work or daily tasks are not affected. You can turn it on within seconds of a power outage and it will start to supply electricity to the designated outlets.
  • Power generators are quite a cost effective power solution as compared to the standby verson. Obviously its output power is lesser than a standby version but if you require a smaller power output, then this is an ideal option.
  • They are quite user friendly and do not require any complex installation. They can easily be installed in very less time. They also do not comprise very complex parts therefore, whenever maintenance is required, that is also not a very cumbersome job.

Cons Of A Portable Generator

Although there are many benefits and advantages of a portable machine, there are certain downsides that you should know about. Then you can weigh in all the pros and cons and make a decision according to your requirements and preferences. These disadvantages are listed below:

  • They emits carbon monoxide and other foul-smelling exhaust fumes because of which creates the need to be placed outside. However, it still has to be at an extension cord’s length distance from your home which means that some of those toxic fumes may enter your home whether you want them or not.
  • It makes a lot of noise and produces a lot of heat. So whenever it starts, you can be rest assured that everyone will have to talk loudly to be audible over the high pitched noise of the machine.
  • They usually does not automatically kick start when a power outage occurs. You will have to manually start it whenever the power goes down. This is especially difficult in the winters and at night when you would have to leave the warmth and comfort of your home to go outside and start it.
  • Portable machines usually have a small output capacity which means that it will only be able to power the essential appliances in your house. You will not be able to power luxury items such as the air conditioner or the Plasma TV with this machine. If you are looking for a complete house solution, then a portable one might not be a good option.
  • The tank is also quite small and usually holds up to six gallons of gas on average. This means that it will need to be refilled/refueled roughly every six hours. This may become quite uncomfortable and inconvenient in the extreme seasons.

Never Make Decision Based On Short-term

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To be honest, one of the best timing to get something is when the demand for it is low. This allows you to search around for options without feeling obligated to make a quick decision! We know the weather in Singapore isn’t as violent compared to other regions that can cause frequent outages for your home but will you take the risk when it happens? Besides, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan to fall back on just in case the worse happens. Just treat it as a long-term investment! You can leave the machine in a room for years and it’ll still work when you take it out.

When the lights go out, it is really inconvenient. If the power outage lasts longer than a couple of hours, it might be far more than just an annoyance. That’s the least of your worries really, just think of the food and drinks you’ve stored in your refrigerator. All gone to waste and it’s going to cost hundreds of dollars. Imagine the fish you’ve bought in the morning spoiling in your warm fridge and you have to spend hours cleaning the putrid smell away.

These are some of the pros and cons of a portable generator. If you are in search of one for your home or office, we advise that you list all your requirements, budget, and other preferences and then weigh all the advantages and disadvantages and then come to a decision.

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