Portable vs. Standby

Your well-being depends on it!

Many customers have questions about the difference between a Home Standby or Portable Generator, and which solution is right for them. The option you choose will depend on several factors, including your power requirements.


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GP6500E model shown

Home Standby

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  • Versatile
  • Great for emergency power at home.
  • Power in remote locations where utility power is not available (camping, boating & job sites).
  • Portable generators run on either gasoline or propane.
  • Built in outlets ranging between 120 to 240 volts
  • Portable generators need someone to start them manually with either, a pull cord or electronic starter.
  • Generally used to power appliances and sump pumps.
  • Not designed to power up sensitive electronics.
  • Designed to run for several hours at a time, not for extended periods.
  • Great for powering appliances.
  • Permanently wired into your homes electrical panel
  • Standby Generators sense power outages within seconds.
  • Designed to run either part of, or your whole home.
  • Safe for sensitive electronics.
  • No action required by you when the power goes out.
  • Safely isolates utility power by means of a transfer switch.
  • Connected to your homes Natural Gas or Propane supply. No need to refuel repeatedly.
  • Automatically run a weekly test, on a day and time of your choice, to ensure your generator is functioning properly for when you need it.
If you would like more information, or to receive your FREE In-Home Estimate for a Generac Generator, contact us, or call (732)249-1359.

NJ Electrical License # 18219

Franklin Electric 602 Hamilton St, Somerset, NJ 08873 (732)249-1359