The Best 240V Generators – What We Think

Whether or not you’re looking for a power source for tailgating and around the house use, or for a power source for something such as a construction site, a generator with a 240V power outlet is sure to do you well.

A 240V generator is an extremely versatile piece of kit to own. They are able to power all sorts of standard household appliances, whilst also being able to power other grades of appliance with their other power outlets.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few of what we believe to be some of the best 240V generators on the market.

Champion 7500-Watt Dual Fuel

The Champion 7500-Watt Dual Fuel is a generator that offers both versatility, and ease of use. It’s got a large output potential and has all tasks covered from large machinery to home backup power.

It comes fitted with an electric starter, as well as Champion’s Cold Start Technology, that ensures there are no delays when trying to get the generator into motion in cold weathers,

The 7500-Watt Champion is a dual-fuel unit, meaning that it can be run on either regular gasoline or propane gas. The two fuels can be easily switched between at any time via the selector switch that’s installed on the generator.

The Champion 7500-Watt Dual Fuel is very powerful. The engine within this unit is 439cc in size and is able to push out a maximum starting wattage of 9375 watts, and a running wattage of 7500 watts.

It’s efficient too, being able to keep running for up to 8 hours when being used at half-capacity, and burning gasoline. If the generator is running on propane gas, it’s still powerful producing 8400 starting watts, and providing 6750 continuous watts of power thereafter. When using propane gas, the 7500W unit from Champion will keep running for 5 and a half hours at half-capacity from a single tank of propane gas. The 7500 Watt Champion also comes with a built-in propane hose as well as a regulator.

On the control panel of this unit, important numbers such as the power output and remaining runtime estimates can be seen. This unit also gives advice on when maintenance and servicing are due, in order to keep the generator in its best operating condition.

The Champion 7500W dual-fuel comes provided with an automatic low oil level detection and shutdown system. This system is designed to check the oil level of the generator, and if it is too low, to halt the operation of the unit. This is a great feature to have – in the event that the oil level becomes too low in the generator, the life of the generator is protected by it being shut down. This also avoids costly repair bills, as running an engine without sufficient oil can be very damaging indeed.

The Champion 7500 isn’t exactly quiet, at 74 decibels. It isn’t exactly loud either though. When standing away from the generator, it’s noise is tolerable. It comes with a wealth of safety features too, as is the case with all products made by Champion Power Equipment. It’s got overload protection from the surge protector that’s built into the generator. In the event that too much demand for power is placed on the generator, the power is simply cut by the surge protector.

There is a good variety of power outlets on the Champion 7500 too. It’s fitted with a 120/240V 30A lock outlet, a 120V 30A lock outlet, as well as a further four 120V 20A household outlets.

The 7500 is easy to use and move around too. It comes with a handle and a set of Champion’s “never flat” tires. These tires make moving the generator around over different surfaces easy, as they are designed to not be punctured easily.

Key Features

  • Maximum Starting Watts (Gasoline) – 9375 Watts
  • Maximum Starting Watts (Propane Gas) – 8400 Watts
  • Continuous Watts (Gasoline) – 7500 Watts
  • Continuous Watts (Propane) – 6750 Watts
  • Dual Fuel
  • Electric Starter
  • Efficient – up to 8 hours of run time at half-capacity from gasoline, and up to 5 and a half hours at half-capacity from a single tank of propane gas
  • Power Output Gauge
  • Large number of power outlets – 120/240V 30A lock outlet, a 120V 30A lock outlet, and four 120V 20A household outlets.
  • Maintenance Intervals
  • Low oil level detection and automatic shutdown
  • Overload Protection
  • Portable

Downsides

Quite loud at 74 decibels

 

Briggs and Stratton P2200 

The P2200 is one of the most portable 240V generators available. It only weighs 55 pounds and is still a very powerful unit indeed. It’s got a starting wattage of 2200 watts and will provide continuous power at 1700 watts.

The P2200 is an aesthetically pleasing generator too. It’s been designed to be as easy to use, and as portable as is possible. It offers a great variety of power outlets too. Since it’s an inverter generator, it can safely charge small and portable devices and provides a USB port to charge such devices easily.

The power that’s output by the P220-0 is of very high quality. The total harmonic distortion that’s present in the current is less than 3%, which makes it extra suitable for small and sensitive devices. For reference, the total harmonic distortion that’s present on the national grid is around 6%. The combination of power, portability, and an inverter make the P2200 very usable in a lot of situations.

Due to the high-quality power, the USB and 12V DC ports can be used to charge small devices whilst still using the larger more powerful sockets on the generator. The P2200 is very versatile indeed.

The P2200 uses fuel pretty efficiently too. It’s got a small 1-gallon gas tank that is able to keep the generator running for up to 8 hours when operating at 25% capacity.

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 is quiet and refined. When it’s running at 25% capacity, it operates at only 59 decibels. When it has eco-mode activated, it runs unbelievably quietly at just 57 dB.

The “Eco-mode” that’s fitted into the P2200 is a technology that Briggs & Stratton has developed to make sure that the generator only runs at the speed that is necessary to provide the power output that’s currently required. It adds to the efficiency of the generator.

Key Features

  • Starting Power of 2200 watts
  • Continuous Power at 1700 watts
  • Good selection of power outlets – two standard 230V household outlets, a 12V charging outlet, and a 5B USB port
  • Parallel connectivity capabilities – the generator can be connected in parallel with another Briggs & Stratton unit, meaning a greater total power output
  • Inverter Generator – the power that the P2200 outputs are safe for use with all types of devices due to the minimal harmonic distortion present. The power output by the P2200 has less than 3% total harmonic distortion.
  • Economic – the 1-gallon gas tank is enough to keep the generator fuelled for 8 hours
  • Quiet and Refined – operates very quietly at just 57 decibels

Downsides

  • No electric starter button – more high-end generators are often fitted with a better starting option that solely a recoil start

 

Conclusion

We think that the Champion 7500 Dual-Fuel is a fantastic 240V generator. It’s powerful, has a great number of features, and comes in at a very fair price. Whilst we love the P2200 due to its portability and high-quality power, we do think that the 7500W beats it in this category!