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How to Buy the Right Generator for Camping?

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A portable generator is a convenience when camping outdoors. You can power an electric-fan and mini fridge with the generator to keep cool during hot summer days.  With a generator, you can be closer to nature while enjoying the benefits of modern convenience.

But you need to select the right Huntsville generator for your camping. Here we have provided some tips to select the best generator that you can take with you during an outdoor adventure.

1. Power

The foremost thing that you need to consider when buying a generator for camping is the power requirements. The size of the generator you should carry depends on the equipment you will take with you on the trip.

The following table gives an overview of the common items that campers take with them along with the power requirements.


       Camping Equipment          




Electric fans x2






Mini Fridge





The generator you select should be 20 percent above your load requirements. This is important as it is not recommended to run a generator with 100 percent load.

2. Generator Operation Noise

If you don’t want to disturb others while camping, you would want to take a portable generator that makes less noise. Noise of the generator is measured in decibels. You should consider buying a generator that makes no more than 52 decibels noise. This is similar to the noise of a normal conversation.

3. Generator Fuel

Generator runs on different types of fuel. The most common types of generator use gasoline, diesel, or propane.

Diesel generator is only recommended if you want to run the generator continuously for 15 hours or more every day. A gasoline generator will be a less costly option if you want to run the generator occasionally.

If you want to minimize carbon footprint while camping outdoors, you should consider a propane generator. The fuel is less harmful to the environment as compared to diesel or gasoline. But you need to be careful when storing propane as it is highly flammable.

4. Generator Accessories

You should also consider buying generator accessories for the most convenience when camping outdoors.:

  • A wheel-kit is recommended if you have a large generator. Adding a wheel to the generator frame makes it easy to move from one place to another. This only applies to large generators.
  • You should also buy an automotive voltage regulator (AVR) if you are taking sensitive equipment such as TV, laptop, and tablet. This will provide stable power thereby protecting your devices from damage due to over or under voltage.
  • Circuit Breaker – Very useful in case of malfunctions or in case of a short circuit. If you don’t have one and something goes wrong, you have a good chance to burn your electric devices.
  • Extension Leads – Believe this is self-explanatory.

It goes without saying, but you need to take extra care with a generator. There is only one safe way to operate a generator: never run it in an enclosed space (tent, trailer, campervan, etc.). The amount of carbon dioxide that some of them generate (gasoline and diesel ones especially) can kill a man. Even if you run one close to your campsite you can still feel the effects of the CO2 you’ll inhale. Symptoms of CO2 poisoning can be headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. If possible, it you should run it at least 30 feet away from your camp.