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Innovative Ways To Use A Portable Generator

By Greg Houston

If you don’t own a portable generator yet, then what are you waiting for? They are extremely useful in a great many situations. While some of the uses may appear obvious, there are others that you might not yet know about. Take a look at a few of these and decide for yourself if having portable power would be good for you.

Some of the more obvious uses for portable generators are with campers, hunters, and other outdoors enthusiasts. Some campers might not be as quick to forsake the amenities of modern life, so having a portable power source is preferable. Campers can use generators to power small electronics like laptops or stereos, and at night they can run lights and provide energy for the grills. In the middle of winter a hunter might need the power to warm up his hunting lodge, too.

One of the uses that is catching on more and more every year is tailgating. Fans can use generators to make game day a great experience for everyone. Even though your game starts at six in the evening you’re there at six in the morning. With a generator you don’t have to sacrifice the chance to keep up with the action from other games throughout the day. You can run the grills and turn the fight song all the way up, too.

Some people own portable generators in case of emergencies. In times of disaster a generator can literally save lives. They can provide power to people if there has been an earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster that has disabled the regular power source. Rescue workers in remote locations can also use portable generators to power their communications devices to call for help.

Portable generators have their uses on the farm, as well. It may not be as rough and untamed as the true wilderness, but there’s not always an outlet where you need one on the farm. If the farmer is unlucky enough to have a major piece of equipment like a tractor break down somewhere on the farm, they can bring their portable generator out to run the tools needed to make their repairs. Also, if they need power at night to light their way, the portable power from a generator is just the thing they need to make their work go smoothly.

You can also use portable generators on the construction site. Stringing power cords up a skyscraper is not only dangerous, it’s not practical. Even utility workers like the those that work for the power company use portable generators. If they didn’t, it would take them much longer to restore power when it has gone out.

Although unconventional, there are still other uses for portable generators. If your power has gone out and you don’t know when it will come back on, you can safely power your house by hooking the generator up outside, or at least you can use the energy sparingly to run necessary devices like heaters, or televisions so watch the emergency broadcasts. Some artists make their artwork come alive using generators. The power allows them to employ screens, lights, and maybe even moving parts to create their masterpieces.

Depending on your situation, having a portable generator around could be just what you need. You will have to decide if you need one, but chances are if you think hard enough you can find a use for it. Some uses will be practical, some will be unusual, and some will be downright amazing. It’s up to you how you use yours.

Greg Houston often goes camping with his family in an RV. He review portable generators and categorizes them into best portable diesel generator, best portable inverter generator, and so on.

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Houston, Greg "Innovative Ways To Use A Portable Generator." Innovative Ways To Use A Portable Generator. 3 Jul. 2010. 13 Mar 2015 <>.

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