Portable generators come in all shapes and sizes, from the larger commercial portable generators down to the smaller, easy to carry generators. Since most people do not need large, worksite ready units, most people opt for the smaller, lower wattage generators. These generators are perfect for home backup power emergencies, camping trips, and tailgate parties to keep your smaller appliances charged up.
In order to find the right small generator for your needs, you will need to consider what you will be powering so that you can find out how many watts you will need covered.
Once you have that number you can narrow down your choices by looking at all of the available features and outlet selections on those generator.
I have listed my top 10 smallest generators and their features to help make your decision much easier.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 smallest generators:
Honda has a strong reputation for manufacturing motor and power equipment that not only performs great, but also stands the test of time.
They have applied the same principles to their line of generators to give you dependable, easy to you power on the go, and this Honda EU2200i is a perfect example.
The Honda EU2200i generator (full review here) is a small portable generator that is going to be easy to carry for just about anyone.
The integrated handle makes toting this 47 lb generator easy so you can move it to exactly where you need it.
With a larger GXR120 engine, you are going to get to enjoy 2200 starting watts and 1800 running watts from the EU2200. This is going to be a great power range for home backup emergencies, powering up electronics on a camping trip, or keeping the party going at your next tailgate party.
As far as outlets go, you will get two 120V 15A household style plugs along with a 12V 8.3A battery charging outlet. This is a pretty standard setup for most smaller generators to ensure you have what you need to power small electronics and appliances.
Since most smaller generators are used in residential or camping situations, it is highly important to have a generator that is not going to disturb those around you. Honda did a fantastic job making this generator quiet with a 48 to 57 dBa range.
With a fuel tank size of less than a gallon, you can still get around 8 hours of use from this generator at 50% load. This is perfect for those trying to get through the night or power through a work day.
A great perk to the EU2200i is that you get the capabilities of pairing up another EU2200i with the parallel connections for double the power.
Honda is going to offer a 3 year warranty on this EU2200i generator.
When most people think of Yamaha, they immediately think of dirt bikes and other recreational vehicles. While
Yamaha has gained a high reputation for being a leader in this industry, they also have made their way to the top of the generator industry as well. The Yamaha EF2000iSV2 (full review here) is a prime example of one of their high quality, smaller generators.
This Yamaha inverter generator is going to be on the smaller side, but it surely packs a punch when it comes to power capabilities.
It is equipped with a 79cc engine that is going to allow you to enjoy 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts.
With a 1.1 gallon fuel tank, you can use this generator for up to 10.5 hours at ¼ load, making it ideal for running smaller appliances for longer periods of time. At only 51-61 dBa, you will never have to worry about this generator disturbing neighbors as it is quieter than most generators.
As far as outlet selection goes, you are going to get 2 120V household AC outlets and a 12V 8 amp DC battery charging outlet to keep you covered for all of your smaller appliances, electronics, and tools.
Yamaha stands behind this generator with a 3 year warranty against defects in parts and workmanship.
Briggs & Stratton P2200
Briggs & Stratton is another well known small motor manufacturer that also produces portable generators. While they offer many different size generators, today, I am going to focus on the smaller P2200 generator as it is light, easy to transport, and can power most smaller appliances.
The P2200 generator is going to be powered by a 111cc engine to help produce 2200 starting watts and 1700 running watts.
It was designed with camping and tailgating in mind, so this power range is perfect for keeping those small electronics powered up throughout the day or night. You can expect to get about 8 hours of run time from a single tank at 50% load.
Since this generator was designed for close quarters, Quiet Power Technology was used to help adjust the engine speed to further reduce noise and increase fuel economy. You can expect this generator to operate at around 59 dBa which is perfect for camping or tailgating.
The P2200 generator is going to offer a few different outlets to choose from to hook up just about any small electronics. You can choose from two household outlets, a USB adapter, and a DC battery charger outlet. You will also notice a set of parallel outlets to allow you to hook up another P2200 generator for twice the power.
One of my personal favorite features of this generator is that it is expandable. With the PowerSmart parallel adapter, you can not only hook up another P2200 generator, but you get two additional plugs including a 120V 30A twist lock plug and a 120V 30A RV plug for larger appliances.
Briggs & Stratton is going to offer a 2 year limited warranty on this generator to ensure you are covered for the next 24 months.
You can’t have a top 10 list of generators without mentioning a Westinghouse generator. Westinghouse is one of the leading generator manufacturers and had a wide variety of models to fit just about anyone’s needs.
Today, I am going to look at the IGen2200 generator (full review here), a small, affordable generator that has all of the features you could ever want in a portable generator.
Starting off with the power of the IGen2200, this generator is going to feature a 98cc engine that will allow for 2500 starting watts and 2200 running watts.
This is one of the higher rated generators on this list, so if you are needing a little more power, this generator may be the one.
Taking a look at the control panel, you are going to get the standard three LED indicator lights as seen on most of the generators on this list.
You will also get an efficiency mode switch and parallel outlets which always make for a great addition to any generator.
The biggest advantage this generator has on the competition is the use of protective covered outlets on the 2 120V household outlets and 2 USB outlets. These covers help to protect your generator from dirt, debris, and moisture, making it more universal when it comes to using it at the job site or in dirtier conditions.
At only 47lbs, you can easily transport this generator to wherever you need it thanks to the integrated handle. It operates at a low 52 dBa, making it one of the quietest generators on this list.
It is also ideal for sensitive electronics as it produces clean, stable power thanks to the Westinghouse iGen series inverter technology.
Westinghouse is going to offer a 3 year warranty on the IGen2200 generator.
While Altima is not the first brand you normally think of when you think of portable generators, the AY2000I is one you should definitely take a look at.
Doing the things that most of the generators on this list do, plus more, makes this Yamaha powered generator a worthy contender.
The AY2000i generator features a Yamaha engine that is capable of providing 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts.
This puts this generator (my review here) right where it needs to be as a high performing emergency use, camping, or tailgating generator.
At only 47lbs, this generator is going to be one of the lightest on this list and it features a built in carrying handle to make transporting it much easier. You will also get to enjoy a quiet 51.5 dBa when operating this generator at lower loads. It is going to be equipped with a 1 gallon fuel tank that will provide a little over 10 hours of run time at ¼ load and 4.2 hours of run time at full load.
You will be able to power up or charge just about any small appliance or electronic device with the 2 120V household plugs and single DC 12V cigarette style plug.
If you are needing more power or outlet selection, you can use the Twin Tech ports to hook another AY2000I up in parallel.
This generator is protected by a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty from Atima to give you years of protection.
A-iPower is another lesser known brand, but is not one to be overlooked as they have a nice selection of different size generators to fit a variety of needs.This particular generator, the SUA2000i, is going to be a great choice for those looking for a small, easy to carry generator.
The SUA2000i comes with an A-iPower 79cc engine that helps to push out 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts to help get you through your next power outage, charge up your electronics on a camping trip, or even power you through a tailgate party.
The outlet selection on this generator is going to be a tad bit different than what we have seen on other generators on this list.
Where most of the generators have features 2 household outlets, this generator only has one. This may be a downfall for those who are needing two, but it does make up for that lack of an outlet with a single 120V 30A twist lock outlet and 12V cigarette style outlet. You will also get parallel outlets to hook up another SUA2000I generator to this one.
A-iPower is going to offer a 2 year warranty with this generator which is pretty standard for most generators.
I can’t have a top 10 generator post without mentioning WEN. WEN is a leader in the industry that has a generator to fit just about any application. The 56200i made this list as it is small, easy to move, and still gives you the power you need.
The WEN 56200i generator is going to allow for 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts from the 79cc engine. It is going to have a very quiet operating volume at only 51 decibels, making it ideal for residential and camping use. You will also get the parallel capabilities that most portable generators have so you can double up on power.
With a 1 gallon fuel tank, you are going to get to enjoy up to 6 hours of run time at 50% load. This is a little lower than the competition, which is a little disappointing.
The outlet selection of this generator does make it stand out from most generators as you will have 5 to choose from. You will get 2 household outlets, 2 5V USB outlets, and a single 12V DC outlet.
WEN is going to offer a 2 year warranty on this generator to keep you protected.
No list is complete without mentioning a Champion branded generator.
Champion is one of the most popular manufacturers of generators and has a generator for just about every power level you can think of.
This Champion 73536i generator perfectly fit the criteria of what I was looking for in a smaller generator.
The 73536i is going to feature a small 80cc engine, but it will still put out 1700 running watts and 2000 starting watts.
This generator is unique as its frame makes it stackable so that you can easily run them in parallel and keep them neatly organized. This also makes storing multiple generator much easier.
You can expect a long run time of 9.5 hours at ¼ load and a noise level of only 53 dBa, making it one of the quietest generators on this list.
The outlet selection is pretty standard when compared to other generators of this size. You will get a pair of 120V household outlets and a 12V battery charging outlet. Of course, you will have parallel outlets as well.
Champion offers a 3 year limited warranty on each of their generators along with free lifetime technical support from highly trained Champion generator experts.
A generator that I have not previously reviewed until today is the Rainer R2200i generator.
Although I have not personally tested this one out, it has great reviews on Amazon from over 100 verified purchasers so it is worth taking a look at.
The Rainer R2200i generator is going to feature a 79cc OHV engine that will be rated at 1800 running watts and 2200 peak watts. With a 1.3 gallon fuel tank, you can expect up to 13 hours of run time at ¼ load.
The outlet selection is pretty standard for this type of generator with 2 household 120V plugs and a single 12V DC plug.
Parallel connections are a plus to allow you the opportunity to get even more power with the addition of another generator.
Rainer backs this generator up with a 3 year warranty which is on the higher side of generator warranties.
Wen makes another appearance on this list with the super portable 56203i generator (my full review here). This generator is small, compact, and ready to take on your smaller power projects.
This WEN 56203i generator is going to feature a 79.7cc engine that will give you 1700 running watts and 2000 starting watts. You will never have to worry about bothering neighbors or fellow campers as this generator operates at an extremely quiet 51 decibels.
You will have an above average selection of outlets as the 56203i includes 2 120V household outlets, a 12V DC outlet, and 2 USB outlets. This will allow you to power up and charge just about any small electronics or appliances.
Wen offers a 2 year warranty on this generator with a customer satisfaction guarantee.
What Size Portable Generator Do I Need?
So you know that you want a small generator, but you aren’t quite sure on the exact wattage size that you may need.
Not to worry, this is a common question among those first time generator shoppers. To figure out what size gener
ator you will need, make a list of all of the devices you may want to power/charge with your generator.
Calculate how much wattage each requires and then configure a few combinations of what you may use at one time.
Take that number and use that as a guide on finding a generator that fits your needs. Remember to allow for some extra wattage as you do not want to run your generator at full power at all times.
Now that you have seen my top 10 pick of the smallest generators on the market, you should be able to find the best one for your needs. As always, if you have any questions about a specific generator, contact the manufacturer to ensure you get all of your questions answered.
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