How to Choose the Right Back Up Generator for your Home and Businesses
You will always need an ever reliable generator to ensure you’ll be powered up on any activity which you’ll carry out. Whether you need back up power for your home, or you need to stay extra cozy on your road trip, you will need to make sure you’ve made the right choice for a generator. To ensure you’ll also install and maintain your chosen generator, you will need the services of a professional electrician. This way, you can safely have the unit you’ve chosen while maximizing the power capacity of your investment in the long run. If you’re also prospecting for the most powerful 5kVA generator, you will need to be extra scrutinizing of your choice. It will all boil down to the unit’s features and performance.
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There are some generators that are versatile enough to use across a wide range of applications – recreation, home backup, on boats, construction sites, events, small businesses and more. The key aspect of a generator that allows this kind of multipurpose use is its size: 5kVA. This level of power output makes them a great choice for all sorts of equipment from your home devices, power tools, kitchen appliances and much more. We like to think of these all-rounder generators as the Goldilocks of the generator world: not too big, not too small – they’re just right!
1. Yamaha EF6300iSE Inverter Generator:
Ok, so strictly speaking, this impressive unit is a 6.3kVA sized model, but it’s the 5500 continuous watts that this unit produces that customers tend to focus on, so we think we’ve got a case for evaluating in the 5kVA range. The Yamaha EF6300iSE inverter generator comes with all the performance enhancing features you’d expect from a top Yamaha inverter machine, like the noise block technology and inbuilt mufflers for super quiet operation (only 58 decibels at quarter load).
Also, the inbuilt smart throttle that adjusts the engine speed to match the required load and maximizes fuel efficiency. The sleek, compact design weighs around 25kg less than its direct competitor and comes with twin lifting bars and sturdy wheels, making this inverter generator the perfect power choice for mobile business owners. The ‘inverter’ classification of this generator means it produces pure clean power, making it suitable to run your sensitive electronic appliances such as mobile phones, laptops etc.
This is unit is our most popular generator for coffee carts and food vans; it will run most mobile food catering set ups and will do it will minimal noise and maximum fuel efficiency. Also popular for Government Departments powering/backing up satellite offices or Telco companies running remote equipment. Backed by a 4year warranty and a national service network.
BEST FOR: Small to medium mobile business requirements | Coffee vans and Food Trucks |
Backup power where pure sine wave power is required | Events
2. Gentech 5.9kVA Trade Generator powered by Honda:
A popular 5kVA Honda generator, designed for trade sites or for rural applications on the farm, this Gentech generator is built for longevity and durability. It’s powered by a Honda GX340 petrol engine to deliver a running power of 4700 watts. At that size, tradesmen and farmers can power their small to medium sized drills, saws, pumps and other common tools. Other features include the steel rollover frame, two 15-amp outlets and a 6.5-litre fuel tank.
Looking for some additional trade muscle? Add on the optional long-range fuel tank, earth leakage protection, lifting bar, electric start and more. The Honda generator engine comes with a 3-year warranty and the genset comes with a 2-year warranty. Gentech generators are Australian-assembled and with over 20 years of industry experience, they are a highly respected brand for tradesmen, construction sites, mining applications, farmers and agribusiness. Built tough with a Honda engine; this unit will last for years and years to come.
BEST FOR: Small to medium trade use on construction sites | Farming equipment
3. Pramac 5.3kVA Petrol Generator powered by Honda:
The S5000 is a 5kVA auto start generator designed for intensive use, such as backup power for your home or business. We’re talking about the powerful and economical Honda GX270 4-stroke engine, a robust design and impressive 18-litre fuel tank.
You can also choose to add a 2-wire auto start controller for solar backup or automatic transfer switch (or AMF panel) for house mains back up – with these additions, the generator will start automatically when power goes out. You’ll need a qualified electrician to install the generator and associated relevant connection accessory to your home or solar set up. Pramac Generators are European made and are considered a world leader in auto-start backup power solutions.
BEST FOR: Auto-start back up to your home or solar set up
4. Powerlite 5kVA Diesel Generator:
Not to be outdone by its petrol counterparts, this Yanmar-powered 5kVA diesel generator is a top choice for portable electric tools, pumps, small to medium farming equipment and more. The generator is powered by a Japanese made Yanmar air-cooled diesel engine, which scores high marks in mobile operation thanks to its low weight, easy starting and fuel efficiency. Diesel equipment often has lower cost of ownership than petrol powered equivalents; typically they’ll last longer and require less maintenance.
Popular for small commercial industry applications on the work site as well for rural applications, this Powerlite comes with 1 x 10amp outlet, 1 x 15amp outlet, a heavy duty steel roller-over protective frame and is backed by a 2 year warranty. Powerlite is an Australian owned and operated brand that has been manufacturing generators in Australia for over 50 years – they are our leading portable generator brand for most trade, industry and farm requirements.
BEST FOR: Small to medium trade use on construction sites where diesel is required | Farming
5. 5.2kVA Himoinsa ‘Mini-Mouse’ Diesel Generator:
Known as the ‘Mini Mouse’, this economical, silenced, electric start, single phase diesel generator is well suited to anywhere noise restrictions are a problem and can be transported in the back of a ute/truck. It is Worksafe compliant with a lockable battery isolator, emergency stop, central lifting hook and 4 x caster wheels.
A common choice for night working requirements, powering small temporary mining camps, roadworks, events, farms, and various backup power applications. A Yanmar air-cooled engine and 15 liter fuel tank provide 8.4 hours of run time at approximately two thirds load. Backed by a 12 month (or 1500 hour) warranty, Himoinsa Generators are manufactured in Spain and are designed to provide a low maintenance, long life option particularly for backup power requirements.
You will need to be thorough with your choice of generators, especially if you will be using a few on much bigger activities. This is why it would just be practical to list up some queries you might have, since these will serve as your guide in choosing the unit to fit your needs. At times, you may consider brand specific units to see the difference they can make for your requirements.
Q. What size generator do I need for my house?
A. For a detailed estimate, contact South Shore Generator, your local KOHLER Generators dealer. We can analyze your home’s electrical load and specify and install your generator system.
Q. What is the difference between RESAL and RESA generators?
A. RESAL generators come with a transfer switch. RESA generators come with a controller that offers access to advanced settings; a transfer switch is purchased separately.
Q. Can I install my KOHLER generator myself?
A. Kohler recommends that you choose a expert to install your generator.
Q. How do I learn about local installation codes?
A. Code requirements for installing standby generator systems vary. That’s why we recommend having a factory-authorized dealer install your system, since we are familiar with local codes. We make sure the generator is properly sized and avoid code issues with local inspectors.
Q. What size transfer switch is best for my generator?
A. It’s a good idea to have South Shore Generator perform an onsite analysis to determine which generator and transfer switch offer the best solution for your home.
Q. What is the difference between a transfer switch that’s rated for a service entrance and one that’s rated for a non-service entrance?
A. A service-entry-rated switch comes equipped with a main-line disconnect breaker built into the transfer switch. This is a nationwide code requirement when the transfer switch is wired directly into the incoming main power line for whole-house power. A non-service-entry-rated switch requires the addition of a disconnect breaker at the jobsite. The service-entry-rated switch saves you time and money during the installation process.
These mentioned pointers should help you get started on choosing the best generator to fit you. For best results on your installation and maintenance, it would be mostly practical to have a professional electrician to help you out. Fail Safe Electric, Co. is a service company which has a wide range of competencies, catering to the needs of their clients. Their highly qualified electricians also work with integrity to ensure the most exceptional work done for homes and commercial establishments.