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​The Best Small Portable Generator of 2018

Last updated December, 2018

What do hurricanes, snowstorms, or simple severe weather all have in common? All of them can knock out of your power. In extreme cases, you can find yourself without electricity for a few days. As we think about the severe weather systems that pummeled many parts of the world throughout 2017, it is important to remember that if you find yourself in such a situation, the most important thing you will want to be is prepared.

To that end, if you find yourself without power, you are going to be glad you bought that portable generator a little while ago. There are a number of small portable generators on the market. Choosing one can be difficult, particularly if you don’t know what to look for. While of the best portable generators are designed for short periods of power outage, you can still find something that will keep you safe until the power comes back on. A portable generator should be easy to use, powerful, and capable of running power to whatever you need for an extended period of time. You certainly want something that avoids the girth and expense of a large generator.

best 5 small portable generators

​Best ​Small Portable Generator ​Reviews

WEN 56200i

At just forty-eight pounds, this might be one of the most lightweight portable generators on the market. That is certainly important, but there are a lot of things about this generator that we like. Offering 2000 surge watts with 1600 running watts means that this is a generator you can rely on for a multitude of tasks. There are 2 three-prong 120V inputs, 1 12V DC input, and 1 5V USB. The end result is more than enough outlets to run your important items.

Champion Power Equipment 46539

​At 124 pounds, this one might be pushing the whole “small” and “portable” slant that we’re going for here. Still, it technically qualifies, and it is unquestionably one of the best of the best. The folding handle and tires are great features, and they make this generator more than portable enough for an emergency situation. And there is no question that this thing also has the benefit of being extremely powerful. At just fifty percent of its full power potential, you can run things for up to twelve hours.

Yamaha EF2000iSv2

​Yamaha is a name that has been around for a long time. Their reputation is well-deserved, and this is an excellent example of what they have to offer. This is just about the most portable generator on our list. It is a stark contrast to the generator mentioned above. However, don’t mistake the size of this generator for any significant weakness. While this isn’t the strongest portable generator on the market, it still provides a good deal of power for very small appliances. This could also be a good generator for your camping needs.

#​​4 Honda EU2000i

Honda EU2000i

​With a price tag of just under a grand, this can strike you as a pretty pricey generator. It is definitely one of the most expensive on the market, as far as portable small generators are concerned. But if you are willing to pay the money, you are going to have an intensely impressive generator that you will be able to rely upon for years to come. The Eco-Throttle is impressive. You are also going to love the 2000 watts of starting power, which is supported by 1600 watts of running power.

#​​5 WEN 56180

WEN 56180

​At less than 200 dollars, we have another significant contrast to a previous entry. Yet in spite of its very low price, this generator is going to give you 1500 watts of running power, with 1800 watts of starting power.