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 starting wattage of 9375 watts as well as 7500 running watts of power.

The 7500W is also efficient – it will keep running for up to 8 hours when under 50% load, 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 a system that automatically stops the engine running should the oil level become too low. 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 an excellent selection of sockets 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 2200 watts of starting power and can 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.

Since the P2200 outputs extremely clean power, small and sensitive devices can be plugged directly into the generator and used without worry.

The P2200 uses fuel pretty efficiently too. It’s got a small 1-gallon tank that will run the generator for more than 7 hours at a quarter load.

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 is quiet and refined. When it’s running at 25% capacity, it only produces 59 dB of noise. When running in eco-mode, it only makes 57 dB of sound.

Key Features

  • 2200 surge watts
  • 1700 watts of running power
  • Wide variety of power outputs (household/230V.USB)
  • Parallel Connection
  • Inverter – the power output by the P2200 is extremely smooth and clean, with less than 4% harmonic distortion
  • Economic – the generator can run for up to 8 hours from just one tank of fuel
  • Quiet and Refined – operates very quietly at just 57 dB

Downsides

  • Lack of electric starting – 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!