If you have ever weathered a stretch, be it summer or winter, during a power outage, you know first-hand how quickly this situation becomes dire (in your opinion). Although there are many products on the market to help when a power outage drags on, first one day, then 2 days or more, most of us are not equipped to deal with an extended power outage. If you have been through this, you will agree that a 10,000-watt generator in these circumstances would be worth its weight in gold. 10,000 Watt Portable Generators will power what you need until the lights come back on, although it will not power all things at once.
#1 -- DuroMax XP10000EH 18HP Dual Fuel Propane/Gas Powered Portable Electric Start Generator, 10,000-watt
#2 -- DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator with Wheel Kit and Electric Start
The DuroMax’s best feature is the dual fuel system. This unit will run on gas (which can be hard to find during a power outage) or propane. The best thing about being able to burn propane is you can hook up any tank, including the one for your barbeque grill, to power your generator. Propane tanks are easy to come by and are not affected by the outage. Propane is clean and safe and will increase the run time nearly 100 percent. Amazon customers give the DuroMax 4.2 out of 5 stars and reported it to be reliable, and compares to Honda and Yamaha for dependability, with a more wallet-friendly price at $1,109.99.
This generator is super quiet; it’s even approved to use in US National Parks for that reason. It has plenty of outlets to power various tools on a job site as well as at home. It features an 8.3-gallon tank that yields up to 10 hours on one tank of fuel. The power panel has slots for two 120-volt household appliances and handles high power tools as well. Many customer reviews testify that the product goes above and beyond, running for days without a hitch. The product garnered 4.2 of 5 stars. $999.00.
#3 -- Powerland PD10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV Gas Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start & Wheel Kit (CARB Compliant)
This machine is a workhorse, powering several appliances along with HVAC systems to keep you cool in the summer or warm in the winter. The 4-gallon fuel tank powers up to 12 hours at half load. Impressive testimonies witness to being able to power, at one time, a well pump, sump pump, fans, the freezer, and refrigerator among other things. Reviewers gave it 4.1 out of 5 stars. However, there were several concerns regarding the less than quality construction with misalignments and lack of customer service. The price is an upside, costing hundreds less than other units with the same power wattage. $980.00.
#4 -- Generac 5802 XG10000E 10,000 Watt 530cc OHVI Gas Powered Portable Generator with Wheel Kit & Electric Start
Whether you need a workhorse generator for the job site or when your electricity has been interrupted at home, this is one to consider. The Generac 5802 employs an engine built strictly for the generator and its features are impressive – lighted power meter, protective covers for outlets not in use, and it features “never-flat wheels” and a fold-down handle. The unit itself garners both praise and cursing. Several customers faulted the quality for units that, upon arrival, were DOA and/or worked a short time, then failed. In addition, customer service was considered extremely poor. In other reviews praise was high, some reporting a successful initial use, and others for the longevity. This one has the highest price at $2,099.00.
#5 -- DuroMax XP4400EH 7 HP Dual Fuel Propane/Gas Powered Portable Electric Start Generator, 4400-Watt
#6 -- Powerland PD3G10000E 10,000 Watt Tri-Fuel 16 HP Gas/Propane/Natural Gas Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start
Whether you prefer to use a gasoline or propane generator, this one has both bases covered. It quickly switches back and forth with very little effort and, running on propane, gives you a longer use – up to twice as long as burning gas – and it won’t clog the carburetor. The flexible line means you can use whatever size propane tank you have. Again, this product earned mixed reviews. Some reviewers loved it, stating it had all the parts needed to assemble, went together with ease, and performed perfectly. However, others protested missing parts, a bad manual, some inadequate parts that needed to be fixed on arrival, or the product either didn’t run, sputtered out repeatedly, or the starter would not work. $549.99.
This product is tri-fuel. It runs on gas, propane, or natural gas, and is heavy-duty enough to run the HVAC system in concert with other appliances. This is excellent for home and job site use. The reports on the product give fairly good ratings overall, even though some mention it needed “tweaking” before it would function. Customer service, as mentioned repeatedly, is reported as “horrible,” as was the instruction manual, which, according to one reviewer, “seem[ed] the entire manual was written in Chinese and then translated by a non-English speaker using a translation dictionary one word at a time.” $1,149.00.
Based on the overall favorite as chosen by the actual customer reviews, coupled with the features and price, our recommendation is #2 -- DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start. This model is quiet, has a mid-range price and was touted by reviewers as “very reliable.”
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