Making an effort to research on a generator set to buy before going to the market is really commendable.
And at least, I believe you wouldn’t make the same mistake I made when I got my first power generator set.
I made the same mistake almost everyone make with generators – buying one that was popular.
Electric generators are not like everything else where popularity can be used to determine which is best for your needs. With Generators, you’ll need to put your power needs and expectations into consideration before going to the market.
Different Generators have different power supply capabilities, fuel requirements, start mode and even optimum weather conditions! You have to take all these into consideration so you don’t end up frustrated with a power set far below your needs and expectations like I did with my first power generator.
Table of Contents
- What to Look For
- How To Determine Your Power Needs
- Fuel Requirements
- Top Generators to Buy in Nigeria
- Gasoline/Petrol Generators
- 1. Elepaq 4.5KVA Key Start Generator
- 2. Tiger Manual Gasoline Generator
- Diesel Generators
- 3. LionRock 22KVA Soundproof Diesel Generator
- 4. Lutian 8.1KVA Diesel Generator with Remote Control
- Gas Generators
- 5. Haier Thermocool 8.5KVA Gas Generator
What to Look For
There are lots of generator brands and sizes in the market.
Finding one that’s ideal for your needs can be almost as hard as finding a pin in a haystack. But that’s when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Knowing what you’re looking for makes everything easier.
So, what do you look for?
Well, when it comes to buying the right generator for your needs, it mostly boils down to your total power needs and type of fuel. Have an idea of these two and everything else will fall into place.
I’ll guide you on how to buy the best generators for your needs using the two criteria (power needs & fuel type).
And to make everything easier for you – I’ve given a short review of some of the best generators on the market. You can go for any of the listed ones with confidence once they fit your power needs.
But first off, let’s start with what to consider before buying a generator.
How To Determine Your Power Needs
For this, you’ll have to go for a little walk around your home.
Most electronic appliances come with power rating often displayed at the back or bottom of the item. The rating is in different format V, Hz, and W.
You’ll often find something like 220-240v ~50Hz 1500-1800w. All your electronic appliances carry this rating.
Get a list of all electronics you have in the home on a sheet of paper with two headings; item and power. Under the item header, list all your appliances like TV, refrigerator, and DVD player. Under the power, you’ll only record the figure given for the W.
From the above example (I actually got that from my electric iron), I’ll record only 1800W. Always use the highest if two values are given.
If you’ve done this, you should have something like this…
From the above total, I know my power requirements are around 2200W. So, getting any generator with a power output less than that is not an option.
On generators, you’ll find the rating in KVA. This means 2200W will be written as 2.2KVA.
It is recommended that you get a generator that is above your power needs if you want one that will last longer.
The above step is the most important step in this review. Ensure you follow it to the letter if you want to end up with a power set that will take care of your needs without breaking down within a few years.
I believe you’re good to go with this information.
If you’re however confused, you can leave your comments in the comment section and I’ll be glad to help. Let’s move on to the next section.
Generators often have different fuel requirements – gasoline (petrol), diesel and gas. Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Top Generators to Buy in Nigeria
These are the most popular types of generators. Fuel for this type of generators is readily available.
They produce more harmful emissions. Go for these if you’re comfortable with noise. On the plus side though – they’re less expensive and budget-friendly. They’re also portable and fit for those with very low power needs.
1. Elepaq 4.5KVA Key Start Generator
Elepaq 4.5KVA Key Start Generator is one of the best gasoline generators in Nigeria. It comes with a handle for easy movement. What’s more interesting about this generator is its 4.5KVA starting power output, which is higher than its 4.2KVA stable power output. This way, even when your appliances are put on, you can start the generator and it wouldn’t cause any problems.
- Ideal for average power consumption – allows refrigerator, TV, and so on
- It’s durable and will last for a long time
- Not expensive
- Makes a lot of noise
|Starting from ₦62,000|
2. Tiger Manual Gasoline Generator
The Tiger Manual Gasoline Generator is one of the most popular generators in Nigeria because it fits the power needs and budgets of most homes. It is relatively cheap and can power the essentials – fan, DVD player, PC, TV, decoder and similar gadgets. It is not ideal for use with your iron or refrigerator.
- It’s portable
- Ideal for small homes
- Makes a lot of noise after a few years
- Not ideal for heavy appliances like the iron
- Heavy emission of fumes
|Starting from ₦26,000|
Diesel generators are more durable and the fuel is also readily available. Although they cost more, they’re highly recommended because they produce more power.
They are ideal for those with heavy power consumption. Emission from the engines is very high and you’re advised to keep it as far from your residence as possible. The noise level is minimal.
3. LionRock 22KVA Soundproof Diesel Generator
LionRock 22 KVA Soundproof Diesel Generator is regarded as the best diesel engine on the market. It uses diesel and comes with a soundproof technology that enables it with only an audible hum. It gives an output of 22 KVA.
- Very efficient power supply
- Ideal for those with lots of appliances
- Comes with soundproof technology
- It’s expensive
- It bulky and takes up space
- It requires frequent maintenance from trained technicians
|Starting from ₦3,037,000|
4. Lutian 8.1KVA Diesel Generator with Remote Control
This generator is best for you if you have a high power requirement. It provides an average power supply output of 8.1KVA. It comes with la ow oil alert system and makes very little noise.
- Low oil alert system
- Ideal for those with high power consumption
- It’s expensive
- Requires large space
- Requires regular maintenance
|Starting from ₦164,000|
Gas generators use your traditional cooking gas. These generators are very efficient but consume a lot of fuel; often using twice the amount of diesel or gasoline engine. They produce very little emission and almost no audible sound.
5. Haier Thermocool 8.5KVA Gas Generator
The Haier Thermocool Gas Generator is one of the most efficient gas generators in the Nigerian market. This generator comes with a power output of 7000W. It can power almost all home appliances.
- Ideal for large homes
- It can be used for any number of home appliances
- Produces very little emission
- Produces almost no audible sound
- It’s expensive
- Gas can be really dangerous to use due to its high inflammation
|Starting from ₦289,000|
Like I said earlier, these are some of the best generators on the market. You can purchase any of them with confidence but ensure they fit your power needs, which is very important.