Have you previously used a generator but found that you were disappointed by it in some way? Perhaps it didn’t have the power that you thought it would? Maybe it was too bulky to move around easily? Perhaps you had a problem with fuel or fuel storage? Or is it your first time to select a generator and you’re struggling with the sheer number of products available on the market today? Don’t fear! In order to help you choose the best portable generator for your needs, here’s a review of one of the more popular ones: the GP7500 from Smarter Tools.
What do I need to know about this generator?
There are a few key points to know about this particular generator. The first question most people have is about the power – well, the GP7500 will give you 6,200 watts running output and 7,500 watts for starting. It uses both propane and gasoline as its fuels and fits a tank with a 6.6-gallon capacity. It has a two-wheel, portable design, weighs less than 130 pounds and measures 28 x 28 x 25 inches.
So how does that fit my needs?
This Smarter Tools generator adequately fulfils two different roles. Firstly, it has enough power to be used as a standby generator for your home or business in case of sudden power outages. Run at a 50% load it will give you 9 hours of power, however this is easily extended by storing more fuel. Propane is safe to store indefinitely, unlike other fuels such as gasoline.
The second role of this generator, highlighted by its portable design, is for outdoor use, perhaps to power tools, or to use at an outdoor event for appliances such as mobile phone chargers.
What’s so great about it?
The use of propane as a fuel means that you’re spending much less on fuel than you would for a gasoline-only generator. Propane also goes further and can be stored safely. This generator has got the power, and it’s also got the outlets – seven of them, in total – to power your household appliances in case your power gets cut. And, for all that power, it’s surprisingly quiet! I was expecting it to be loud, as many larger generators are, but the GP7500 turns out to be the strong but silent type!
What’s the catch then?
The obvious consideration with all propane generators is that propane can’t be used as an effective fuel at lower temperatures. However, if you had your eye on the ST-GP7500 for your Arctic camping expedition, all is not lost! You can use gasoline as a backup fuel when propane can’t be used.
Another concern I might have would be the size – if your house is quite small – you might find this generator to be too bulky, taking up quite a bit of room. So bear that in mind before you buy!
Aside from the temperature concern, the GT7500 is one of the best generators I have seen. It’s suitable for outdoor use and would make a great backup generator for larger homes. Amazon users currently rate this generator with 4.4 stars out of a possible 5.