If you’re a food truck business owner or are considering becoming a food truck business owner, you will probably have established that a good portable generator is an absolute essential.
The varying sizes of appliances that are likely to be used in a food truck make it important that when looking for a good generator, that you narrow your search to generators with inverters.
An inverter generator ensures that the power that’s being delivered to your appliances has a minimal amount of total harmonic distortion. For a lot of appliances, this is not all that important. However, for some it is – if you fail to give appliances the appropriate power, you run the risk of damaging them permanently.
An inverter generator also means greater flexibility – even if you do not require an inverter for all of the appliances in your food truck, it means that you can pug small, sensitive devices directly into the generator without worrying.
The average food truck uses a generator that’s sized somewhere between 5000 watts and 7500 watts. You may be thinking that this is quite large. It is – that’s because the appliances in food trucks are power demanding, and there’s usually quite a lot of them.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at what we think the best generators for using alongside a food truck are. We’ll cover why they’re the best, as well as any additional features that they might have. We’ll also give an unbiased opinion of what we think could be improved about each generator if anything.
Finding an appropriate generator for any use can be a challenging task. Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll have a good idea of what the best food truck generator for your business is.
Honda EU7000iSThe Honda EU7000iS is a very robust and reliable unit – it upholds the Honda name extremely well. Even though there are more lightweight and cost-efficient options available, the EU7000iS offers some of the best-in-class reliability and build quality.
The EU7000iS is great for heavy usages, such as that of a food truck. It has been designed for long-term usage and has proven that it’s perfect for the job.
It’s able to put out a continuous running wattage of 5500 watts and has a peak starting wattage of 5500 watts. This means that whilst you might not be able to run larger appliances that require for example 6500 watts, you’ll get high-quality, continuous power at 5500 watts.
The EU7000iS is a compact generator and is very power-dense too. It’s been very ergonomically designed, with a control panel fitted to the front of the unit with features including the electric starter and LCD screen.
The EU7000iS has plenty of options in terms of power output. There’s two normal household-sized 110V sockets as well as a GFCI 110V outlet. The control panel is also fitted with a dual purpose 120V/240V port – both options can be easily switched between.
Being an inverter generator, it’s power output is clean, safe, and can safely power all manners of electronics.
The power output by the EU7000iS has less than 4% harmonic distortion, which is extremely low. This factor in our opinion increase’s massively the versatility and overall attractiveness of the generator. The power that it outputs can be just as easily used to power a large cooker, as it can be to charge a mobile phone or camera.
- Electric Starter– an electric starter is particularly useful on a food truck generator – no time wasted with recoils
- Maximum power output of 7000 watts
- Running power of 5500 watts
- LCD Screen – the screen gives information on how much time is left in the generator at the current usage, as well as the fuel level and current power output
- Low oil level detection and automatic shutdown system
- Inverter generator – the EU7000iS outputs very high-quality electrical power. With mimnimal harmonic distortion, the power can fuel every appliance that you’ll ever need in a food truck
- Portable – comes with a wheel-kit and a folding handle
- Efficient – fitted with eco mode
- A heavy unit
We’ve got a full review on the Honda EU7000iS here too.
Westinghouse WGen7500The Westinghouse WGen7500 is powerful and comes equipped with a number of advanced features. It’s got a lot of power and can provide 7500 watts continuously. It’s starting wattage is 9000, which means it is among the most powerful portable generators available.
The WGen7500 has a 6.6 gallons tank and runs on gasoline. Depending how much of its potential you use, it’s runtime of as much as 18 hours is impressive. This long runtime makes the WGen7500 a perfect generator for using with a food truck. You can be sure you’re not going to run out of power from a single tank for a whole working day.
The WGen7500 from Westinghouse is fitted with a fuel gauge and an automatic low oil level detection and shutdown system, that protects the engine from serious damage. In addition, it has overload protection on all its power outlets, plus a twist lock outlet that is perfect for keeping larger appliances running in a food truck.
As the oldest name in power generation, Westinghouse has a coveted reputation built up over the years on the basis of well-known reliability and quality. The WGen7500 is no exception.
- Electric Starter – you won’t need to spend time with a recoil start, as is the case with a lot of other generators in this power range.
- Remote Start – The WGen7500 can be started from anywhere within 109 yards of the generator. This comes as standard with a key fob.
- Portable – as well as robots, the WGen7500 is fitted with heavy-duty wheels, that make it is to transport and maneuver this generator.
- Powerful – this generator outputs 7500 watts and is still very portable
- Economical – can run for as many as 18 hours on just one gasoline tank
- Automatic Low Oil Level Detection and Shutdown – when the WGen7500’s oil level drops too low, the generator automatically shuts down to prevent any engine damage.
- Not one of the quietest generators in its class at 64 decibels
Briggs & Stratton Q6500The Q6500 from Briggs & Stratton was mainly designed to be used as a small standby generator for your home. However, it’s an inverter generator that comes with wheels and a pull handle making it very portable. Being an inverter generator, it can be used safely with all devices and appliances – no matter how small or sensitive they are.
The Q6500 has a peak wattage of 6500 watts and is able to provide 5000 Watts of continuous running power. Its fuel tank holds 5 gallons of gas, which will keep the generator running at 25% load for 14 hours.
It’s very quiet and refined too, running at only 66 decibels. The running volume of the Q6500 is not much louder than a normal human conversation. Although the Q6500 may not be as powerful as the other two contenders, the advanced inverter that’s fitted within makes for a very versatile unit.
It may not have enough power to power some larger fuel trucks but should be sufficient for most.
- Maximum wattage of 6500 watts
- Running wattage of 5000 watts
- Efficient – the Q6500’s economic throttle system ensures the engine only runs as fast as is required to output the power needed. This engine can return up to 14 hours of power from one tank of gasoline.
- Power Usage Meter
- Fuel Gauge
- Inverter – the power output by the Q6500 has less than 6% harmonic distortion. This means it’s safe to use with all appliances and devices
- Quiet and Refined – when the Q6500 is in operation it only puts out 66 decibels of noise at quarter capacity
- Portable – it comes fitted as standard with a fold-down handle and wheels that are designed to never go flat
- Automatic low-oil level detection and shutdown
- Overload Protection
- Circuit Breakers
- Not exactly light at 128 lbs
- No electric starter
The Honda EU700iS is, in our opinion, the best generator that one could buy for a food truck. It’s powerful, the power that it outputs is of very high quality, and it looks great. It comes with some fancy extra features too, including an LCD screen. It’s a generator that you can confidently leave alone, and be sure that it will keep your business powered up all day.