Generators 101

Portable vs Home Standby Generators

When it comes to backup power, there are two ways to go.

Portable generators are designed for job sites, camping, tailgating and other mobile activities to power individual items, like plug-in appliances and lamps with extension cords. They run on gasoline, liquid propane or natural gas.

Home standby generators are ideal for backing up your home, automatically starting and restoring power in seconds to critical hard-wired systems like AC, heat, sump pumps, well pumps, security systems and large appliances — whether you’re home or away. They run on your home’s natural or LP gas, so there's no refueling.


 
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What's a home standby generator?

A home standby generator keeps your power on during an outage. It's installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and turns on automatically –whether you're at home or away. All within seconds of a power outage, your power will be restored.

Kohler home standby generators

Purpose
  • 6kW-150kW 
  • Ideal for backing up your home 
  • Automatically starts and restores power in seconds – whether you're home or away 
  • Powers your home, including critical hard-wired systems like AC, heat, sump pumps, well pumps, security systems and large appliances 
  • No refueling – runs on your home's natural or liquid propane gas 
  • Delivers high-quality power – won't harm your electronics 
Advantages
  • Reliable
  • Powerful commercial grade engines
  • Automatic
  • Smart Load management
  • OnCue - Web based monitoring
  • Fast – 10 seconds or less
  • PowerBoost technology
  • 5yr limited warranty
 
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Kohler Portable Generators

What's a Portable generator?

A portable generator supplies instant power anywhere, whether you're roofing a restaurant, framing a house or working in the middle of nowhere. Customize it to fit your needs.

Purpose
  • 1.8 kW-12.3kW
  • Designed for job sites, camping, tailgating and other mobile activities
  • Powers individual items, like plug-in appliances and lamps with extension cords
Advantages
  • Runs on gasoline, liquid propane or natural gas
  • Reliable
  • Powerful
  • Compact for the go applications