A portable generator can prove very useful when there is no power. They typically run on gasoline, and are small enough to be able to take to different locations, so are handy when going camping or to remote locations etc.
Electrical plug in devices can be connected directly to them.
There is not normally a permit you have to have in order to own and operate one.
They do not have a complicated installation.
A few words of caution though if you are thinking a portable generator would be good for you. Do not overload a generator, it will not only work inefficiently, but could also pose a fire risk.
Never keep a portable generator in the house. They produce carbon monoxide, which we all know can be deadly.
Be careful not to have your generator near water as this could cause electric shock.
As we all know, gasoline is a very flammable liquid and if spilled on to a hot generator or exposed to a flame could prove hazardous.
A portable generator is designed for corded appliances, and so will not be able to power appliances that are hard wired into your home.
We hope this gives you a few things to think about when considering your purchase of a portable generator.