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How Do Portable Generators Work?

June 22, 2020

How Do Portable Generators Work ?

Here in the South, it’s important to be prepared no matter where you are. Whether it’s deer camp, a family lake weekend, tailgating or just at home during tornado season, a portable generator will set you up to power through the weekend. The experts at Northside Power can help you choose the right portable generator for your lifestyle.

Portable Generators

“Portable generators provide electricity by running a gas-powered engine that turns an on-board alternator to generate electrical power. Power outlets on the unit allow you to plug extension cords, electric-powered tools and appliances into it.” Northside Power has portable generators that are small, easy to use, and the best solution for whatever mother nature throws at you.

When it comes to running a business, camping, or just living at home during tornado season, a generator is not an option, it is a necessity to make sure that you can continue to keep the power running through an outage or in a secluded area. Here at Northside Power of Benton, we have installed 6329 generators to date and we believe that you need to be a part of that number. We want to make sure that you and your family are taken care of. And we know that we have the generators to do the job.

Safely Operating Your  Generator


There are different generators and each has its own unique way of running. Most portable generators run on gas. However, other portable generators have rechargeable batteries that plug into an outlet while the power is on. And then other portable generators may be charged through solar panels. 


Portable generators have specific wattages that they support. Before plugging any appliances into your generator, you need to be aware of how many watts it will take to run, and keep it within the range that your portable generator can handle. 


You need to be sure to try out your portable generator multiple different times to be certain that it works correctly. By testing it every now and again, you will also keep the generator from being stagnant and not working properly. Be sure to let your generator cool off before storing it away.


When using a gas generator, be careful not to run it inside of your home to reduce the risk of a fire hazard. The exhaust coming from your generator can also be deadly due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Rechargable, battery powered generators are perfectly safe to use inside of your home.


It is also very important to not plug your portable generator directly into the power source of your home. When someone tries to turn the power back on, an electric surge can go back into the power system. Only a licensed electrician can connect it to your main power source using a double pole. It is illegal to try and do so yourself.

Why You Need a Portable Generator


Portable generators come in handy for multiple reasons. Here are just a few examples of when you may want to have one on hand.

  • Generators provide emergency power 
  • Generator are used on job sites
  • Generators power food trucks and farmers market stands
  • Generators power up necessary camping equipment
  • Generator provide emergency power during natural disasters

Keep The Power In Your Business


This year has been difficult for business owners and the last thing you need is a power outage when you can finally serve your customers again. Portable generators can prevent your business from having to turn away potential profit due to an unexpected shortage.


Keep It Cool At The Campsite


This is Arkansas, and that means you may be at the lake with your family enjoying the sunshine in the afternoon, and then weathering through a tornado by nightfall. Don’t let a power outage keep you from being comfortable. Whether it is a family camping trip or a weekend on your hunting land, keep your air conditioning blowing with a portable generator. It is hot and humid and no one wants to wake up sweaty and sticky.


Power on The Big Game


Tailgate season is a big deal around here. Nothing is worse than calling The Hogs with your friends and family without actually being able to see the game. Win the tailgate every time with a portable generator powering on your big screen. 

Keep The Power On


Portable generators are not a one size fits all solution. Call Northside Power today to get a free quote on the best quality generator for your lifestyle. There are many options to weigh whenever making your decision. Some can even involve the safety of those around you. We take the guesswork out of it and walk you through the best generators. Call Northside Power today to choose which portable generator is perfect for you. We’ve got the power, and you can too.