5 Portable Generators for Tailgating

5 Portable Generators for Tailgating

With football season in full swing, there will be plenty of reasons to pack up your car and head to the parking lot party before the big game! If this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ll know that these events are usually all-day ordeals, so it’s in your best interest to have a tailgating generator in tow, providing use for powering everything from small electronics like smartphones and laptops to larger appliances like grills, refrigerators, televisions, and sound systems. If you are looking for a portable generator that’s great for tailgating, check out these options.

Honda 3200-Watt Bluetooth Portable Inverter Generator

Many people swear by Honda’s reliability—and its EU3200i model is no exception to the trend. It’s so quiet, your neighbors will thank you. The EU3200i operates at 54 to 58 dB(A)—which is less noise than a normal conversation—so you won’t have to worry about it competing for dominance over your tailgate playlist. The unit comes with the CO-MINDER system, which is designed to automatically shut down the generator if it detects carbon monoxide gas reaching unsafe levels, giving you added peace of mind.

Yoshino B2000 SST True Solid-State Portable Power Station

The evolution of portable power. Weighing up to 50% less than the competition, the B2000 SST makes high-output battery power more accessible than ever before providing a continuous 2000-watts. The first-in-class solid-state battery is not only the lightest and most portable available, but also the safest. In the event of a blackout, it can power most household appliances—and yet it can still recharge from 0-80% in under an hour.

YAMAHA EF2200iS 2200-Watt Inverter Generator

What’s cool about the Yamaha EF2200iS is that it features Smart Throttle, a load sensing rpm control that allows greater fuel efficiency and noise reduction by automatically adjusting engine speeds to match the load. It will run up to 10.5 hours at 1/4 rated load on a tank of gas! The LED control panel makes it easy to check the status of your generator both day and night, featuring a multi-function display as well as an illumination light that cascades over the entire control face of the unit for easier low light operation.

ECOFLOW Delta 2 Max 2400-Watt Solar Generator

We had to throw a wildcard into the mix—if you are an eco-warrior (or someone who likes getting the most out of their dollar), this solar generator is worth checking out. Solar generators don’t burn fossil fuel, so with zero emissions or fumes, they’re a clean replacement for gas generators. Built to last six times longer, the ECOFLOW will get you ten years of daily use until hitting 80% of its original capacity, thanks to its LFP battery providing 3,000+ cycles!

Champion 2500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Inverter Generator

You get the best of both worlds with the Champion Inverter generator because it can run on both gas and propane. Looking for more power? Fill up the tank with gas. Hoping for a cleaner fuel? Go with propane to emit less carbon monoxide. The duality helps make this generator stand out, aside from delivering a strong 2500-watt output and ability to run up to 11.5 hours on gas and an outstanding 34 hours on propane.

WEN 56200i 2000-Watt Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator

While it may seem like you’re trading power for compactness with the Wen generator, it’s an excellent option for people who prefer a more affordable and less bulky generator. It produces 2000 watts of energy, making it ideal for powering sensitive electronics like TVs, cell phones, and laptops. Since this generator is an inverter, it offers more stable power and is less likely to cause voltage fluctuations that can damage your appliances. (Isn’t that a relief!) This unit is also only 48 pounds so you can easily carry it wherever you need it to go and fit it in your trunk with lots of room to spare.