If you are looking into buying a generator, you will have to ask yourself the question: petrol versus diesel generators – which is best? Because petrol and diesel fuelled generators are the most common on the market, you will probably have to choose between one of the two.
What is a generator?
A generator is a device that creates electrical energy from mechanical energy. Generators use many different types of mechanical energy like compressed air, a hand crank, a steam engine, a wind turbine, a water turbine or a water wheel or an internal combustion engine. The generator then forces the electrical charge it has created to flow out along an external electrical circuit. In this way, generators provide an alternate source of energy for any electricity needs you may have.
Why get a generator?
In South Africa there has been regular electricity load shedding and in some areas there are regular power outages. Having a generator means that you will always have a source of electricity no matter how unreliable your main power source is. While it might add convenience to some people’s lives, for example, being able to watch television through a power outage, it is essential to other individuals and businesses that the power stays consistent.
Hospitals, for example, rely heavily on having constant electricity to keep patients alive and well. Supermarkets also rely on electricity for refrigeration to make sure that their stock stays fresh. If they allow their perishable products to go off they will lose a lot of money. Restaurants need constant electricity to cook their meals and keep their businesses running. In short, generators can save many individuals and companies a lot of money, time and are very convenient in the case of a power outage.
What is the difference between petrol and diesel run generators?
Petrol run generators run off an extremely reliable and easily found fuel, making this sort of generator very practical. However, if you want to stockpile fuel for the future you will stand the risk of fire and explosion as petrol is incredibly flammable. Because the fuel they use is high quality, these generators usually perform well. However, because the fuel is high quality, it is expensive. Also, the generators use a lot of fuel it adds to the high cost of running a petrol generator.
Diesel generators use a fuel that is not as flammable as petrol. Diesel is easy to find and lasts somewhat longer than petrol does if you want to stockpile it for future use. Diesel run generators are cheaper to run and their running life is longer than that of petrol fun generators. However, diesel generators are heavier, harder to move around and much noisier. They also require a lot more expensive and time consuming maintenance than petrol run generators. The initial cost of a diesel run generator is usually much higher than a petrol run generator.
Both petrol and diesel run generators emit more or less the same amount of Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and other toxic gasses that are bad for the environment.
Deciding which of the above generators is best depends on what your specific needs are. If you are looking for a portable generator that you can take anywhere easily, then a petrol generator is best for you. If you need a sturdy, reliable generator that will stay in one place and be in use for long periods of time then a diesel generator might be best for you.
Where can you purchase a generator?
There are many companies who offer a large range of both petrol and diesel run generators for sale. Out of all the providers, including big companies, private sellers, online and classified advertisements, there will undoubtedly be a provider close to you who has a generator that will suit your needs and meet your budget. It is always better to buy expensive assets through reputable, well-known providers so that you are sure that your purchase is of the best possible quality and is the right generator for you. Some of the companies that offer generators include:
- A E Technical
- Generators for Sale