Best Small Generator 2021

There are many small generator options to pick from that can provide portable power for your shed, RV, or other needs.  Small generators such as small inverter generators may be a good fit, or possibly a portable power station if you are looking for a greener approach.  Recommended generators for a shed would be similar to those recommended for camping, tailgating or other recreational uses.

Here are some examples of small and mid-sized inverter generators:

Honda Small Generators

Honda generators have been known for their quality and reliability for a long time.  They are also well known for their quiet operation.

The Honda Power Equipment 2200i models are all good choices. The 2200 is the surge watt rating for these small generators and the rated running watts is 1800 watts.  This is essentially equal to a standard 15 amp outlet.

The Honda EB2200ITAG 2200 Watt Super Quiet GFCI Gas Inverter Generator W/ CO Minder model is a good choice for a small generator that may be a good fit for your application.  This unit has high ratings from many customers and technical reviewers.

Champion Small Generator

Champion inverter generators are also recommended by many customers and technical reviewers.

The Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start is a good choice for a generator with a 3400 surge watt rating and a 3100 running watt rating.  This unit is quiet, can run on either gasoline or propane and has electric start.

Other Honda Generators

Other larger options from Honda include the EU3000i series inverter generators.  The units are rated for 3000 watts max and the rated running watts is 2800 watts. These are also rated very high, are quiet and efficient.

Portable Power Stations

Portable Power Stations are considered a greener option than a typical engine-powered generator and are virtually silent, produce no fumes, and require little to no maintenance. These are essentially portable lithium-ion batteries that can be charged either from the portable solar panel(s), from a 12V car charger, or simply from a standard household outlet.

Goal Zero Yeti Series

Goal Zero are leading innovators in this category and have been developing the technology for more than 10 years.

The Goal Zero Yeti 3000 is high rated and is rated for 3500 watts surge and 2000 watts running.  It has the storage capacity to hold 2982 Wh of portable power.


Always follow all guidelines and procedures as directed by the manufacturer, as well as any applicable state and local codes.  This includes, but is not limited to set-up, grounding, operations, maintenance, as well as any and all safety procedures.  We assume no liabilities for the proper operation, sizing or maintenance of these devices.


Generator safety is very important!  Always read the manual and follow all procedures as directed by the manufacturer as well as any applicable state and local codes.

Any engine driven generators or other engine driven devices must never be operated inside or in any enclosed space, including but not limited to: homes, garages, barns, sheds, etc. Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide (CO) which is an odorless, colorless gas, which can be deadly.  Also, do not run a generator in or near a garage or shed, even if the door is open.  Carbon monoxide can still build up inside the garage and/or shed and also slowly make its way into the house or other nearby enclosed spaces.  Any engine driven generator must always be run outside, at least 20 feet away from the house, garage, barn, shed, etc., and away from any doors or windows with the exhaust discharging away from the house, shed or other enclosures.  We assume no liabilities for the proper safe operation, sizing or maintenance of these devices.

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