Portable 3500 Watt Generator

It seems like losing electrical power happens more and more lately, so early this Spring before the spring storms brought the power outages I purchased the Wen Model 3500 6.5 H.P. Portable Generator. You will want to do some homework with regard to purchasing the correct size generator for your home.

An easy way to figure what size generator is to use the  formula watts = amps x volts. Each appliance will have an amp rating, some will have 2 ratings, one for start up and another running. Simply take the amperage of a item, lets use a 1/2 h.p. sump pump for an example, which runs at 5  amps * average household current of 110 volts =550 watts for the sump pump. Now complete the  calculations for the remaining necessary items. Also remember that not everything will be constantly running and need to be plugged in all the time with the possible exception of the sump pump. Now you know the size, wattage of the generator you will need to protect your home.

Obviously you will want it to operate  any necessary medical devices or systems in your home. If you have an aquarium you will need to run filters and pumps. For the majority of users you will need to run your sump pump and/or ejector pumps and any refrigerators and/or freezers you have, and add a couple lights.

Something else you should look at is the size of the gas tank and run time on a full tank. Almost all units have a low oil cut off to protect the engine from damage in the event it runs low on oil. This particluar Wen generator also has a cut off if you overfill it with oil. An hour meter is also a nice feature, so you know when to service the unit. A 220 volt plugin is not something an average homeowner would have use for, but is a nice optional feature.

I found the Wen unit to be easy starting, and equipped with all the necessary features. The wheels and folding handles it was easy for 1 person to move around. As with most portable generators it does take 2 people to lift it into a pickup.

Since the generator can go long periods even a year with out running I suggest starting it periodically and/or adding some stabilizer product to the gas tank.

I would strongly suggest you invest in this unit to protect your home in the event of a power outage.

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