What is the Best Portable Generator for Christmas 2015

As 2015 is coming to an end there will be some great opportunities to find the best portable generator for Christmas 2015 to meet your back up power needs.

I’ve done a quick review of our favorites for the year and put them into some relative size ranges. If your looking for a great survivalist or plain old backup need for your family or extended family these will give you some great options to zero in on for portable generator giving.

What Size Generator Do I Get?

Our selected choices this year are based on value or bang for the buck. The generators are grouped by tiny (under 1000W) small (1000W to 3500W), mid range (4kW to 6KW) and large (>6kW).

If you are not certain as to what size of generator to purchase. You can check out our buying tips article How Many Watts Do I Actually Need and our extensive buyers guide. Also look at the various sections below for some quick tips on application.

Our Picks of Portable Generators for Christmas 2015

To help aid you in making a faster decision I’ve compiled a list what we consider the best portable generators for Christmas 2015. These picks are based on our reviews, overall features, customer reviews and feedback. These are subjective based on our bias, but we think they represent some of the better choices for you or as gifts to others.

Tiny Portable Generators Under 1000W

Typical uses: Generally it’s easy to say that tiny portable generators are for handyman work where you need to power a small tool or pump. It’s highly portable. and are used for minor RV needs, around the work area for boats and cars, many folks consider then indispensable for recreation where motorcycles and ATVs are in use for power tool repairs. These become handy for small jobs and other sport related equipment like baseball pitching machines.

The 3 top picks that we consider the best portable generators under 1kW.

My top pick is on the expensive side and you can read the review for insight has to why, it’s the Yamaha EF1000iS 1,000 Watt 50cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant).

For all around dependability, quality, quietness, and warranty this is a top pick.

Although we haven’t gotten around to review this one yet, a new entry that’s getting very popular is the TradesPro 836758 Generator, 850-watt/1200-watt

This one looks to be a little workhorse and good be the great find of the year in this size range and priced under $200.

It’s well worth a look.

The Earthquake IG800W Model 11613 Portable 800-Watt Inverter Generator with 40cc 4-Cycle OHV Viper Engine (CARB Compliant) is another one that’s getting a lot of play this year.

With the CARB feature and the extra effort to make it ultra quiet as well as providing up to 700W continuous it’s a handyman’s special. Don’t expect full 700W for long periods, but for short application work this looks like a winner.

For a more traditional implementation, the All Power America APG3004 1000-Watt 2-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator can provide good power. It will be louder with the 2 cycle engine and you’ll want to consider where and when to use it. But as a quick power source with a little extra punch it fits right in the handyman size range well.

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Small 1000W to 3250W Portable Generators

Typical uses: In general, a generator in this range will cover bigger recreational and small construction needs. For smaller RV’s you will be OK, but you may want to push to 3000 or more and mid range sizes which may be more appropriate for large RV needs. The price ranges will vary significantly based on size and quality of the unit. Of course basic features including quietness and durability will play into which choice will fit your needs.

The picks for the small range best portable generators for us are:

The most popular generator all around is the Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant, Blue this unit is great for tailgating and all around needs. In our full review of the EF2000iS you can see why it gets this top ranking and popularity.

In addition, the Yamaha EF2400iSHC Portable Generator is also making it’s way up the ranks with a few extra watts. More info on the EF2400iSHC

For a good middle of the road unit the Champion Power Equipment 42436 -1200/1500-Watt Portable Generator, CARB Compliant is readily available and popular. CPE 42436 review

73536 Champion is making great leaps and bounds in the market and is showing up online and in typical sporting goods outlets. They are priced right for the features and setup. We also like the Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) for the extra range in power. and the CPE 73536 review

Once again All Power America is gaining ground this year with the All Power America APG3012 – 2500/3,250 Watt 6.5 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator being a good choice in the upper end of the small generators giving good performance and value in pricing. APG3012 Review

There are actually a lot in this range to pick from, to see our current reviews for small range portable generators broken into 1250 to 2250 watts and 2250 to 3250 watts.

Mid range 3500 to 6000W Portable Generators.

Typical uses: These generators can be adequate for basic household needs, so don’t be trying to run several major appliance at the same time. Alternate use and these can provide a good backup power source.

A 4000W to 6000W portable generator will likely be able to handle a basic household need while being more economical to run than large units. At this mid range output reliability is a more important consideration. These size provide a nice all around power source to handle most appliances or several small appliances/tools for your home or cabin.

This year we’re picking a few that are worthy of your consideration for the mid-range best portable generators:

Starting off with the Champion Power Equipment 46539 – 3500/4000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wireless Remote Electric Start (CARB Compliant) makes good sense to us. It’s in that 3500W sweet spot and a value driven popular generator. Check out the full review: CPE 46539.

Also near this range many are fond of the Champion Power Equipment 46596 4000-Watt Portable Generator which is a reduced feature unit for basic service. .

WEN Generators often get overlooked in the market, but we are liking this mid sized unit: WEN 56551 5500-Watt 389cc 13-HP OHV Gas-Powered Portable Generator with Wheel Kit. At the 5000W range it can be a great workhorse for a good majority of emergency backup and construction and is reasonably priced in the market. Take a look at all them at WEN generator comparisons

On the Lower end of mid range there is the sister WEN unit, the PowerPro 56405 4050-Watt 212cc 7-HP Gas-Powered Portable Generator with Wheel Kit which gives a nice alternative to other units at this wattage level. PowerPro 56405 review

Getting back to the good old engine suppliers the Briggs & Stratton 30469 6000-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator with 1650 Series 342cc Engine and Power Surge Alternator is a nice addition to the market at the high end of mid level generators.

This unit is getting more popular and makes it a nice choice for the 2015 generators. More info at: B&S 60469 review

This range of portable generators can really be broken into the below 5000W and 5kW to under the 7kW more reviews for these ranges here: 3250 to 5000 watts or 5000 to 7500 watts

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Large 6000W Plus Portable Generators

Typical uses: Adequate to power the vast majority of your house, and shouldn’t come up short for full house functionality unless you have a very lot of appliance and electrical needs. This is often a range of choice for major construction site use for larger power tools and can have economical use when powered at 50% load.

There are many great choices in the Large generator category. These top picks are some of the best sellers and rated units this year.

Westinghouse is taking the market for one we see here at PowerupGenerator. The Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator, 7500 Running Watts/9000 Starting Watts. It’s the name you know and it’s distributed by WestPro.

The effort put into this machine to make it a top pick is good. Read the full review for the Westinghouse WH7500E and you’ll see why it’s getting so much love.

Coming back in at a top position are both the WEN 56877 9000-Watt 420cc 15-HP OHV Gas-Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start and Wheel Kit and the WEN 56682 7000-Watt 390cc 13-HP OHV Gas-Powered Portable Generator with Electric Start and Wheel Kit.

Both of these machines seem to get good reviews and are value priced. They will make great choices for whole house backup and for construction site needs.

Upping the game a little is the DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start. More info at the XP10000E review

It is a force at the 10kW level and is a popular model to ensure you have a necessary amount of power to run your whole house. It’s made some traction this year even though in the past there have been customer service and reliability issues.

Powermate PM0601250 15,625 Watt 653cc 22 HP Subaru EH65 V-Twin Gas Powered Portable Generator With Electric Start.

With the Subaru engine and electric start this unit is a high wattage performer. If your power needs are high and your trying to power up a large house or work area for the day this machine can be your go to generator.

Check out the review here: Powermate 12kW generator review

If you’re going for a fixed mount backup solution the family gift for that is going to be the Generac Guardian Series 5873 17,000 Watt Air-Cooled Liquid Propane/Natural Gas Powered Standby Generator With Transfer Switch (CARB Compliant) or the Guardian 6551 Generac 22kW Home Standby Generator with 200-Amp Service Rated Transfer Switch and Fascia Kit.

The convince of these installations will make you happy all year long. More info: Generac 7kW review and the Generac 20kW review

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Solar Power Packs and Chargers

Goal Zero has some great solar power and backup options, read our summary pages at Goal Zero Power Packs and Goal Zero Solar Panels

We also like the power pack kits: 

Wind Generation

Also available on amazon are the Small Wind Turbine Generator by Pacific Sky Power and the 

ALEKO WG3KW 3000W 3KW Watt Residential-Commercial Wind Generator Wind Turbine


Hopefully this quick pick of portable generators for Christmas 2015 has given you some good choices if you’re in the market for a portable generator gift.

Be sure to also check out the best backup power accessories for this year as well.

Also the power-pack market as indicated in the solar arena also looks good for the remote scientist or outdoors man.

Here’s our reviews for those and what’s currently looking good at Amazon:

If your needing to get more knowledgeable and want to really zero in on your needs and features you can pick up our buyers guide here:

Portable Generator Buyers Guide
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