Top 10 Best Portable Generators For Welding

When it comes to welding, you aren’t always going to be in a place where you have easy access to electricity.

Having a portable generator that can handle the demands of a welder can ensure that you can weld just about anything, anywhere.

Today, we are going to look at 10 of the best generators for welding and the type of features you can expect from each of them.

Picture Generator Running Watts Dual Fuel Product Weight Estimated Runtime @ 50% load
Durostar DS10000E 8000 W No 260 lbs 10 Hours
Gentron GG10020GL 8000 W Yes 236 lbs 11 Hours
A-iPower SUA12000E 9000 W No 226 lbs 8 Hours 30 minutes
Duromax XP12000E 9500 W No 260 lbs 8 Hours 20 minutes
All Power America APGG10000 8000 W No 232 lbs 11 Hours
CAT RP12000E 12,000 W No 347.6 lbs 11 Hours
Honda EB10000 9000 W No 464 lbs 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Pulsar PG10000B16 9000 W Yes 209 lbs 12 Hours
Duromax XP12000EH 9500 W Yes 269 lbs 10 Hours
Westinghouse WGen12000 1000W Rated 58 dB 35 lbs 7.2 Hours

When using a generator around other people, the noise factor can be a huge problem.

Nobody wants to be that neighbor with the loud and annoying generator that ruins everyone else’s day or keeps them up at night. Luckily, there is a solution.

These super quiet generators are perfect for things like camping and tailgating and they won’t upset your neighbors.

In fact, these generators are all quiet enough for nighttime use. This list includes the quietest generators at a range of price points and with a number of different features. There’s an option for every need. 

Durostar DS10000E

When it comes to finding the right welding generator, you are going to want something that is easy to transport, has all of the necessary outlets you need, and can handle the wattage demands your welder needs.

This Durostar DS10000E has all of these features and more to allow you to power many different welders of different sizes.

With 2 AC style outlets, 2 30A outlets, and a 50A outlet, you will have no problem hooking up just about any welder.

At 260lbs, the generator is quite heavy but with the collapsible handles and integrated wheels, it can be moved just about anywhere you need it.

With an 8.3 gallon fuel tank, you can expect yo get about 10 hours of runtime if using the generator at 50% load.

The Durostar DS10000E Features:

  • 420cc OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 8,000
  • Starting Watts: 10,000
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • 8.3 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 10 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 2 – 120V 20A 3 Prong Outlets
  • 1 – 120V 30 Amp Twist Lock Outlet
  • 1 – 120v/240V 30 Amp Twist Lock Outlet
  • 1 – 120V/240V 50 Amp Heavy Duty Outlet.
  • Sound Level: 72 Dba
  • Recoil Style Start

The Durostar DS10000E is backed by a 3 year residential warranty and a 1 year commercial warranty.

Pros

  • Quiet Operation
  • Easily Transportable
  • Great For Emergency Use

Cons

  • Only 2 120V 3 Prong Outlets

Gentron GG10020GL

The first dual fuel generator featured on this list is the Gentron GH10020GL. This generator is made to accept gasoline or propane as a source for fuel making it very versatile in the welding industry.

You will not have a problem hooking up any type of welder to this generator thanks to the wide selection of outlets available. Take your pick from 4 120v ac outlets, a single 120v 30A outlet, and a 120/240V 30A outlet.

With an 8 gallon fuel tank, you can get up to 11 hours of runtime from this generator on gasoline.

The Gentron GG10020GL Features:

  • 420cc OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 8,000
  • Starting Watts: 10,000
  • Weight: 236 lbs
  • 8 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 11 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 4 – 120V AC 3 Spring Grounded Outlets
  • 1 – 120/240V AC Twist Lock Outlet
  • 1 – 240V AC Twist Lock Outlet

The Gentron GG10020GL is backed by a 2 year limited warranty for consumer purchases and a 90 day warranty for commercial purchases.

Pros

  • Easy To Transport
  • 11 Hour Run Time
  • Great For Emergency USE
  • EPA Certified
  • Dual Duel

Cons

  • No Covered Outlets

A-iPower SUA12000E

A popular name in the generator game as of lately is A-iPower and the SUA12000E generator made my list for multiple reasons.

The SUA12000E is ready to take on your next welding job with the 459cc engine that puts out 9,000 running watts and 12,000 starting watts.

It is equipped with 4 120V AC outlets, a single 30 amp locking outlet, and a 50 amp outlet for your larger tools.

These outlets are covered to keep them protected as well.

While this generator weighs in at 226lbs, you can easily move it around to the area that you need it with the collapsible handle and never flat wheels built into the frame.

The A-iPower 12,000 Watt Features:

  • 459cc OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 9,000
  • Starting Watts: 12,000
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • 7 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 8.5 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 4 – 120VAC 20 Amp, GFCI protected
  • 1 – 120/240VAC 30 Amp
  • 14-30R, locking mobility
  • 1 – 120/240VAC 50 Amp, 14-50R
  • 1 – 12VDC 8.3 Amp adaptor plug
  • Electric Style Start

This generator comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty to cover any defective parts.

Pros

  • Easy To Transport
  • 7.2 Gallon Fuel Tank
  • Great For Campsites,Power Tools, Etc
  • Low Oil Shut Down

Cons

  • Low Run Time

Duromax XP12000E

As a leader in the generator industry, it is no surprise to see a DuroMax generator on this list.

I chose this specific generator as it has all of the outlets and power you need to run most welders.

This generator is able to push out 9,500 running watts and 12,000 starting watts from the 457cc DuroMax engine which should provide you with plenty of power for small to mid size welders.

xp12000e generator outlet panel

With a 8 gallon fuel tank, you can expect to run this generator for a little over 8 hours if using it at 50% load.

The Duromax XP12000E Features:

  • 457cc Duromax OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 9,500
  • Starting Watts: 12,000
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • 8.3 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 10 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 2 – 120V 20 Amp Standard Receptacles
  • 1 – 120V 30 Amp Twist Lock Receptacle
  • 1 – 120v/240v 30 Amp Twist Lock
  • 1 – 120v/240v 50 Amp Heavy Duty Outlet
  • 1 – 10A 12V Utility Connection
  • Sound Level: 72 db
  • Electric Start

This Duromax generator is backed by a 30 day replacement warranty and a full 1 year warranty on parts.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Many Different Outlets
  • Great For Any Power Needs
  • Low Oil Shut Down

Cons

  • Lower Run Time Than Most

All Power America APGG10000

As one of the lesser known generators on this list, the All Power America APGG10000 still packs a punch when you compare it to other generators in its power range.

The APGG10000 is going to come equipped with a 420cc engine that is able to run 8,000 watts and start up to 10,000 watts which makes it ideal for most generators.

The wide selection of outlets make this generator very versatile when using it for welding and plugging in other tools you may have to use.

all power america 10000 w generator

The All Power America Features:

  • 420cc Ducar Engine
  • Running Watts: 8,000
  • Starting Watts:10,000
  • Weight: 232 lbs
  • 8.0 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 11 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 4-120V outlets (Household Style Outlets)
  • 1- 240V twist-lock outlet
  • 1- 120V/240V twist-lock outlet
  • Sound Level: 76 Decibels From 23 Feet Away

All Power offers a one year warranty to cover their generators from manufacturing and workmanship defects.

Pros

  • EPA Compliant
  • 4 120V Receptacles
  • Folding Handle & Wheels
  • Electric Start

Cons

  • No Covered Outlets

CAT RP12000E

Cat is one of the most famous names in the construction business as they build high quality construction equipment used on job sites around the world.

This CAT RP12000E generator carries on that great reputation and it is quite easy to see.

The RP12000E is going to offer you a 670cc engine which is able to put out 12,000 running watts and 15,000 starting watts which is more than enough for smaller and medium sized welders and should be able to power most larger welders as well.

cat 12000w construction

This generator is going to offer you a wide selection of outlets that are all covered to ensure no dirt or debris can enter the outlets. You will get to choose from 4 120V outlets, 1 12V DC outlet, 2 120V 30A twist lock outlets, 1 120/240V outlet, and one 120/240V 50A outlet.

You can expect to run this generator for a total of 11 hours thanks to the 13.2 gallon fuel tank.

The Cat RP12000E Features:

  • 670cc V-Twin OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 12,000
  • Starting Watts: 15,000
  • Weight: 347.6 lbs
  • 13.2 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 11 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 4-120V outlets (Household Style Outlets)
  • 2-120V 30A twist-lock outlet
  • 2-120V/240V 30A twist-lock outlet
  • 1-120V/240V 30A twist-lock outlet
  • 1 – 12V DC Outlet
  • Sound Level: Unknown
  • Electric Style Start

CAT is a widely trusted brand across many different industries and they stand behind their work with each product that they put out. They offer a 3 year warranty on this generator for parts and service.

Pros

  • Protected Outlets
  • EPA Compliant
  • 4 120V Receptacles
  • Electric Start

Cons

  • Low Run Time For Amount Of Gas Needed

Honda EB10000 Industrial Generator

Another industry leader in the generator market is Honda, and this Honda EB10000 generator made my list due to its power level and versatility.

On this generator, you are going to find a nice selection of outlets which include 4 120V AC outlets, 2 30A outlets, and a single 50A outlet for plugging in larger appliances or welders.

The massive 630cc Honda GX630 engine is going to allow you to push out 9,000 running watts and 10,000 starting watts to make for a great power range for most welders used for recreation..

Weighing in at 464lbs, it is one of the heaviest generators on this list, but it does have collapsible handles and never flat wheels that make it much easier to wheel around.

You are going to be able to get a little over 7 hours of runtime from this generator before having to refill the 8.1 gallon fuel tank.

The Honda EB10000 Features:

  • 630cc Honda GX630 Engine
  • Running Watts: 9,000
  • Starting Watts: 10,000
  • Weight: 464 lbs
  • 8.1 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 7 1/4 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load
  • 4-120V outlets (Household Style Outlets)
  • 1 – 30A 125V Locking Plug
  • 1 – 30A 125/250V Locking Plug
  • 1 – 50A 125/250V Locking Plug
  • Sound Level: 72 Decibels From 23 Feet Away

Honda warranties this generator with a 3 year limited warranty to stand behind their high quality generators.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Osha Worksite Compliant
  • 4 120V Receptacles
  • Electric Start

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Pricey

Pulsar PG10000B16

As one of the only hybrid generators on this list, the Pulsar PG10000B16 gives you the luxury of using gasoline or propane as the main power source to power the 420CC 15hp engine.

With Switch & Go technology, you can easily switch back and forth between gasoline and propane instantly to keep your welder working throughout the day.

Pulsar pg10000 hybrid generator

You can expect to get 9,000 running watts and 10,000 starting watts from gasoline while liquid propane gas will power 7,000 running watts and 8,000 starting watts.

You will get a nice selection of outlets as well include 4 120V household outlets, a 30A outlet and a 50A outlet for RV plug in.

This means you will have no problems hooking up just about any welder to this generator.

The Pulsar PG10000B16 Features:

  • 420cc 15HP OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 9,000 Gas
  • Starting Watts: 10,000 Gas
  • Running Watts: 7,000 LPG
  • Starting Watts: 8,000 LPG
  • Weight: 209 lbs
  • 6.6 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 12 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load (Gasoline)
  • 1 – 120v/240v Twist Lock
  • 4 – 120v 20A Receptacles (Household Style Outlets)
  • 1 – 120/240V 50A RV Port
  • Sound Level: 74 Decibels From 23 Feet Away
  • Electric Start w/ Recoil Back Up

Backed by a 3 year warranty, this Pulsar generator is covered for any manufacturing defects.

Pros

  • Dual Fuel Capabilities
  • 4 120V Receptacles
  • Easily Transportable
  • Electric Start

Cons

  • No Covered Outlets

Duromax XP12000EH Dual Fuel

If this DuroMax XP12000EH generator looks familiar, it’s because it’s very similar to the XP12000 we have on this list,only in a hybrid form.

What this means is that you can use both propane and gas to power this generator (also see my top 10 best dual fuel generators article).

This generator is still going to feature a 457cc DuroMax engine, but will have different wattage ratings for gasoline and propane.

duromax xp12000eh

For gasoline, you can expect 9,500 running watts and 12,000 starting watts while propane will give you 9,025 running watts and 11,250 starting watts.

The dual fuel capabilities will allow you to get 10 hours of runtime on gasoline and 20 hours of runtime on propane for a total of 30 hours of runtime if you have full tanks of each.

The DuroMax XP12000EH Features:

  • 457cc Duromax OHV Engine
  • Watts: 12,000
  • Weight: 269 lbs
  • 8.3 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 10 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load (Gasoline)
  • 20 Hour Runtime @ 50% Load (Propane)
  • 1 – AC 120V 30A
  • 2 – AC 120V 20A GFCI
  • 1 – AC 130.240V 30A
  • 1 – AC 120/240V 50A
  • Carb Compliant
  • Sound Level: 72 Decibels From 23 Feet Away
  • Recoil Style Start

This Duromax generator is backed by a 30 day replacement warranty and a full 1 year warranty on parts.

Pros

  • Dual Fuel Capabilities
  • Carb Compliant
  • Low Oil Shutoff
  • Easily Transportable

Cons

  • Limited Warranty Period

Westinghouse WGen12000

Last but least we have the popular Westinghouse WGen12000 generator. This generator is going to be a great addition to any welder’s arsenal as it is versatile and rugged for all conditions.

Utilizing a 713cc engine, this generator is going to give you 12,000 running watts and 15,000 starting watts to help power just about any size welder you may have.

With a wide selection of covered outlets, you will never have to worry about not having the right generator for the job.

The 10.5 gallon fuel tank paved the way for a 9 hour run time which is going to be perfect for getting you through the work day.

The Westinghouse WGen12000 Generator Features:

  • 713cc OHV Engine
  • Running Watts: 12,000 Watts
  • Starting Watts: 15,000 Watts
  • Weight: 330 lbs
  • 10.5 Gallon Capacity Fuel Tank
  • 9 Hour Run-Time
  • 2 -GFCI 120V 5–20r Standard Household Receptacles
  • 1 – 120V L5-30R Outlet
  • 1 – Transfer Switch Ready 120V L14-30R
  • 1 – RV Ready 120/240V 14–50r
  • 2 – Two 5V USB Ports
  • Sound Level: 78 dBa
  • Electric Remote/Recoil Style Start

Westinghouse is going to provide a 3 year warranty with this generator to keep your investment protected.

Pros

  • Covered Outlets
  • Wide Selection Of Outlets
  • Dual Fuel Capable
  • Digital Gauge

Cons

  • No major problems

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type Of Welder Is Easiest To Use With A Portable Generator?

welder working on a metal triangle

When it comes to running a welder on a generator, you are going to want to find one that is both solves your needs for welding, and can plug into your portable generator.

Using a welder that allows you to utilize a 115V standard household style outlet is recommended.

Other welders that use a 30amp outlet plug will require the use of a generator with a 30 amp outlet.

How Many Watts Does My Welder Use?

The wattage demands of your welder is going to vary depending on the size of your generator. Smaller stick welders will not require as much wattage as larger mig welders. It is important to check over the specifications of your generator to ensure that your generator is going to be able to power it without overloading the system.

How Can I Safely Use A Generator With My Welder?

To safely use your welder with your generator, you are going to want to make sure you get the right size generator, have the correct extension cords, and operate the welder and generator to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Conclusion

This list should help you find the best generator for your welding needs and give you all of the information that you need to know about it. }

I have included generators of different wattage ratings so that you have a great selection to choose from depending on what your welder requires.

I hope that this has made it easier for you to understand which generator you may need and how you can safely use a welder with a generator.

Are you currently using a welder with a portable generator? Which generator are you using and what type of welder are you using with it?

Please consider sharing this post with anyone you know who might be in the market for a generator that can handle welders!

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