November 2, 2023

A handy guide to generators for when the outback calls or you need extra power at home

Generators are not exactly a topic on everyone’s lips, but knowing a bit about them – which size to hire and why – will save you time and money.

A portable power solution can make camping more comfortable when you go off-grid

In South Australia, we love our comfortable living and the untamed beauty of nature on our doorstep. Whether you’re camping in the great outdoors or tackling a DIY project at home, a portable generator can provide the extra power you need to run equipment, tools and devices.

Coates stands as the trusted name for all your temporary power requirements. As Australia’s largest equipment hire and solutions provider, Coates has a wide range of portable diesel and petrol generators for hire, from suitcase-sized generators all the way up to trailer-mounted generators.

Size Matters
The most important thing when hiring a portable generator is getting the right size unit for your power requirements. An undersized generator won’t deliver the amount of power you need, while one that’s too large will result in unnecessary fuel costs.

Calculating the size of generator you need can be tricky. Make a list of all the equipment you need to power and then talk to an expert at Coates who can recommend the right generator for your requirements. Or read on for a quick overview of your options.

Outback Serenity
For the adventurous souls chasing that outback dream, where electricity is the last thing on one’s mind, a silenced inverter generator is an excellent choice. Whether you’re planning a remote cabin getaway or exploring the outback, these super silent generators guarantee electricity, even in off-grid locations.

  • Silenced inverter generators – Coates has quiet and efficient silenced inverter generators ranging from 2.9-7 kVA that can power camping accessories such as fridges, lights and equipment up to a combined 5600W.

Festival Fun
Planning a festival camping trip? A briefcase generator is the ideal companion. Small, lightweight and easy to transport, it provides power for camping gadgets, while maintaining the peaceful atmosphere of the festival grounds.

  • Briefcase generators – Coates has 2 kVA generators with a carry handle that are capable of powering camping accessories, devices and individual tools rated up to 1000W.

Easy Events
Don’t let the lights go out at your next outdoor event – a trailer-mounted generator will provide reliable power for lights, music and equipment, or as an emergency backup power solution. These towable generators are easy to transport and offer the flexibility to place them where needed.

  • Trailer-mounted generators – Coates has trailer-mounted generators ranging from 11 kVA all the way up to 100 kVA to run a wide range of tools, appliances and equipment.

Reliable Renovations
If you need to operate power tools and equipment when renovating, or supply temporary power for your home while your renos are underway, a sturdy roll-frame generator will get the job done! It’s equipped with a heavy-duty frame, wheels and handles, offering robust support and reliable power for domestic and trade needs.

  • Roll-frame generators – fitted with a heavy-duty roll frame, Coates has sturdy generators ranging from 3-9 kVA that cover most domestic and tradie needs.

Now you know what generators are available, contact your local Coates branch to discuss your temporary power needs.


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