Just like any other purchase, it is important to know the different things you need to consider when buying a camping generator.
The amount of power it generates
You certainly do not want to spend money on a camping generator that will not sufficiently serve its purpose. Not when you have to rely on it as a power source while you are outdoors. While generators have information on how much power it can produce, you can determine whether or not it would be sufficient for your needs by making a list of the appliances you plan to run on it. Compute the wattage requirement of the appliances you plan to use the generator for and then start looking at which generators can handle that much load.
The problem campers have with most generators is the fact that these machines can get very noisy. Not ideal if you are staying in a campground where there are other people nearby. Fortunately, there are brands like Gentrax that produce inverter generators that are very quiet.
Ideally, you would want to buy a camping generator that uses the same fuel as your car. This makes it easier to refuel when you are outdoors. Not only that, the type of fuel the generators use usually determines how efficient the generator is when it comes to producing the electricity you need. If you are shopping around on a budget, 2-stroke generators are the most affordable options, but keep in mind that these would need more refueling. Generators with a 4-stroke engine are the most popular as it has the right balance of power and fuel efficiency.
Naturally you would not want to purchase a camping generator that would take three people to lift. Choose camping generators that have a portable design and do not weigh a lot. Keep in mind that apart from adding stress to your vehicle (which consumes more fuel as you drive), a heavy camping generator would be a hassle to bring with you to campsites and hassle to store.
Buying a camping generator does not have to be overwhelming or stressful. Take the time to review what products are available and compare features and prices to ensure you will get the best deals.