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The Power of Portability:

About the Generac Portable Series

iX Series GP Series XG Series XP Series LP Series
Camping and recreational use General purpose and emergency power Job sites and events Heavy-duty job sites and professional use Outdoor events and emergency power

Portable generators give you the ability to meet your electrical and electronic requirements wherever you have to be or wherever you want to be. Whether it is a public outdoor event, or an off the grid hideaway Generac has the ability to power it. From the smallest iX 800 watt inverter up to the GP17500E which can produce 17,500 watts of running power, Generac can supply the power you need.

Portable generators are great for sporadic, on-demand applications but they are not recommended for use as standby generators due to the need for stored gasoline, consumption and manual start-ups. For more information on portable versus standby, click here.

Read below for a more detailed explanation of all the Generac portable series and their special features. You'll also find a convenient chart to help you size the correct portable generator for your needs.


The GP Portable Generator Series

The GP series is Generac's general purpose portable line of power generators. It starts with the GP1800 which is just 18” X 18” and only 2 feet long. This little carry along is perfect for tailgating, boating, camping, running power tools or keeping your electronic batteries up and running. Even though the GP line is one of the smallest generators Generac offers, it still produces the most power on the market (up to 17500 watts). Here are some of the extra features the GP models offer:

  • Innovation: Generac's OHVI engine specifically designed for power generators.
  • Durability: Pre-assembled hardened steel tube cradle.
  • Portability: Locking fold-down handles and a wheel kit for easy storage and maneuverability.
  • Convenience: Steel fuel tank with incorporated fuel gauge monitors fuel usage at-a-glance and a resettable hour meter monitors run time since the last maintenance cycle. Some units offer an electric start and a 16-gallon fuel tank.
  • Safety: Low oil shutdown prevents engine damage and circuit breaker protected outlets protect against circuit overload.

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The XG Portable Generator Series

The XG series is Generac's premium portable line of power generators. These generators are built for durability and heavy use which makes it perfect for contractors, job sites and outdoor events. They have all the standard features you would want in a portable generator plus these extras:

  • Innovation: Generac's OHVI engine specifically designed for power generators.
  • Durability: Large, heavy-gauge steel tube cradle offers protection from the elements and regular all-day usage. Covered outlets offer additional protection from the elements.
  • Improved visibility: LED illuminated control/ instrument control panel and a wattage use meter.
  • Convenience: Start/stop fuel shutoff and choke controls all located on the control panel. Also features a resettable hour meter on the panel to monitor run time for maintenance interval schedule and a charging jack wired in to facilitate easy battery maintenance. Some units feature an external battery charge jack on electronic start models.
  • Extra safety: GFCI circuit breakers that automatically break the circuit if an imbalance is detected.

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The XP Portable Generator Series

The XP Series is Generac's undisputed workhorse of the portable market. This series was designed specifically for contractors and construction job sites. With a running time of 12-14 hours, it's no wonder the XP series is the choice for professionals. Here are some of the key features:

  • Innovation: Generac's OHVI engine specifically designed for power generators.
  • Durability: Large, heavy-gauge steel tube cradle offers protection from the elements and regular all-day usage. Covered outlets offer additional protection from the elements.
  • Versatility: Corded set included with four covered outlets.
  • Convenience: Start/stop fuel shutoff and choke controls all located on the control panel as well as a large fuel tank to ensure longer run times.

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The iX Portable Generator Series

The iX series portable generators are small self contained units that use inverter technology passed through a microprocessor so they deliver clean, safe power ideal for electronics. The iX series is designed for life on the road with its durable, lightweight, compact design and built-in handles. In addition, these carry-along units have the following features:

  • Lightweight and compact: 40% lighter than a standard generator of equal watts with a built in handle for easy transportation.
  • Convenience: LED status lights on the control panel instantly indicate status of unit and 12 volt charging capability (except iX800).
  • Safety: Electronic overload and low oil protection.
  • Green power: Flexpower with automatic selection that features high mode for battery charging and high demand economy mode for fuel saving.
  • Super quiet: Inverter technology converts DC to AC greatly reducing noise and consumption. This fully enclosed unit is perfect for campgrounds, tailgating and picnics.

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The LP Portable Generator Series

Generac continues to push the envelope of innovation with its introduction of the propane powered LP portable generator. Typically, gasoline powered portable generators presented an issue with having enough gasoline on-hand because without the proper use of fuel stabilizers, gasoline becomes stale and can potentially damage the portable generator. With propane, you're able to conveniently and safely store large amounts of fuel on-hand for when you need power the most. Propane also burns much more cleaner and has less toxic emissions. You can use the LP portable generator for outdoor events, camping, job sites, home projects, and emergency back-up. Below are the benefits of the LP portable generator series:

  • Innovation: Integrated fuel tank holder with an easy to use fuel line holds a 20 or 30 lbs. propane tank and provides 9 hours of run time off one 20 lb tank.
  • Durability: 1 1/4 diameter hardened-steel tube cradle protects the unit from accidents.
  • Convenience: Wheel kit with dolly-style fold down handles makes maneuvering and storing the unit easy.
  • Extra safety: Low-oil pressure protection, covered outlets, and circuit breakers ensure safe operation of the unit.

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Tips for Finding the Right Portable Generator for Your Needs

Determining which portable generator is right for you depends on what your usage will be. The most important factor is how many watts you expect to use and if you will run multiple applications at one time.

If you're considering a portable generator for emergency back-up the first step is to become familiar with your homes power system. The easiest way to do this is to have one person man the electrical panel and another person communicate with you in the home via cell phone to inform you which switches control the specific areas in your home. Once you have your electrical system mapped, you can then determine which circuits are essential. For instance, you might want to back-up your kitchen to prevent food spoilage.

If you're in doubt, don't be afraid to call in an electrician to assist you in finding the right generator to match the amount of watts you need in your home.

Below is a chart with approximate wattage requirements that can help you determine the appropriate size generator for your needs.

Once you have determined the maximum amount of watts needed, you can then choose the perfect Generac portable generator for you demands.

GP Series: Recommended for home and emergency use (1,800-17,500 watts).
XG Series: Recommended for job sites and larger events (4,000-10,000 watts).
XP Series: Recommended for contractors and constructions sites (4,000-8,000 watts).
iX Series: Recommended for home, tailgating and camping (800-2,000 watts).
LP Series: Recommended for outdoor events and emergency use (3250 watts).

* REMEMBER: Never operate a portable generator indoors or in an enclosed area.

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