What can you run on a 2000 watt generator?

What can you run on a 2000 watt generator-min

If you are intrested in buying a geneartor but you don't need how much power do you need? because if you will look to your appliances so theer every applainces or device has their own ower need (demand).

So you have to consider that which geneartor you are ging to purchase that can able to power your all the appliances or can complete you work reqirement.


Today' I'm going to cover all these things that what can you run on a 2000 watt generator? and I will try to give all the questions answer that people have in their mind about this.

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If we talk about nowadays, so 2,000 watts generator become very popular because they have many qualities, and below you can see some qualities is mentioned:

  • Compact sizes
  • Convenient outlets
  • Ample power

And, if you go to the market you will see that there are a lot generator variety is available in the market with 2000 watts in affordable price, and they also have some awesome qualities below you can see some:

  • Quieter
  • lighter
  • Efficient

People are buying these generators a lot nowadays because they are more efficient as compare to the traditional generators.

These generators have 2000 watts, so people think that it has enough power for our appliances or not? Although it is also depends on you how you are going to use it.

First I will tell you about differences between running watts and starting watts.

Differences Between Running Watts And Starting Watts

If you don't know, so I tell you that every generator has two different power ratings. These are starting watts and running watts and you have to aware about these things because it is totally effected on your appliances and these things helps you to know that you can use particular appliances with it or not.

As you already know that any appliances consume more energy when we start them or when we switch on, that time they need more power to boost and started well and this is we call starting watts.

After few minutes of starting appliances need less power as compare to starting and once it is fully started and it is in normal position and consuming less power (stable) now it is we call running watts.

Okay Let's take an example like we are using a cooler and when you switch on the cooler in the starting it consume more power to start the motor and when it is started slowly it takes less power as compare to starting power.

Because in the beginning motor need more power to start cooler safely and after it reached in normal speed it needs less power. So, this is the right example for starting watts.

So if you are thinking what does this mean for your generator? So, I tell you the running power is something that is very important for your appliances because it is the continues maximum speed which your generator need for long time running.


Starting power is something appliances need in the beginning only when they are going to start or you are going to switch on. so this is why it is very important to understand the need of your appliances and then compare their starting and running it will help you a lot in buying a good generator.

Wattage Requiements For Appliances

Below, I'm going to show you a rough estimate that how much running power appliances need, I hope it will help to choose the best one for you.


  • Washing Machine
  • Refrigeartor 
  • Microwave
  • Electric stove
  • Portable Electric Heater
  • Espresso machine
  • Computer
  • Television
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Toaster
  • Small AC unit
  • Phone charger


  • 500
  • 700
  • 800
  • 1500
  • 1200
  • 1000
  • 150
  • 250
  • 150
  • 1200
  • 1200
  • 5

What Can You Run On A 2000 Watt Generator

Below I'm going to show some example that will show you, what can you run with 2000 watts generator, with three different scenarios.

Let's see their needs below:

1. Home generator: When we talk about to power home appliances then 2000 watts generator is work amazing, it can power your all emergency appliances when the power is off. 

If I can count most important appliances to power when there power goes off, so refrigerator and freezer are the most important to power because they save your food to spoil.

Also, you can turn on low power lights so can continue your work if you stuck because of light and it also depends on you how you are going to choose your important appliances because a 2000 watts generator can easily run your two refrigerators together.

One thing you have to keep in mind, that a 2000 watts generator is not capable that it can power your whole house's appliances or big appliances' washer, air conditioner and other big appliances because they need more power.

So if you want use it better you have to understand that how many lights bulbs you are going to power with it because the more power it will provide the less time it will run.

2. Camping generator: If you are going for camping then there is high chance you need electric power if you want to enjoy your camping fully because surely you need power for some appliances and you also need power for cooking.

If you are on a camping where you're also going to stay at night so you also need lights for that and for lights you can use bulbs or lanterns and these will take almost 200-250 watts power and it would be very easy for 2000 watts generator to provide power.

You also need a generator to power your small devices like mobile phone and laptops etc. so you can easily enjoy movie and online meetings and it is almost going to consume 200-220 watts power.


When it comes to the most important thing kitchen so there are is the time you have to think that which kitchen appliances you are going to use.

As an example you have two appliances one is Electric stove that consume 1500 watts and the other is Toaster, so here choice is yours what you are going to do, because it totally depends on you what you want to eat or which food you and other members require light meal or heavy meal.  

RV generator: RV (recreational vehicle) is something that you can use in camping and also for business and it can be normal or luxurious and you can also use big appliances in you are  RV like refrigerator then there is chance that a 2000 watts generator wouldn't be enough to provide power.


If you are using RV then there are maximum chance you are using refrigerator in it, and refrigerator is the appliances we have to plugin all the time, if we want our food fresh and safe.

So refrigerator is going to take 700 to 1000 watts for working properly.

If you have a question in your mind that you can run air conditioner with it or not? So there is a one thing you have to consider yes most of the small units air conditioner takes 1200 watts power to run in proper way but when it comes to their stating watts, so there is very less chance that a 2000 watts generator can power your air conditioner.

Because they need almost 2000 to 3000 watts starting watts, so 2000 watts generator is not much capable tor run your big appliances like air conditioner.

Wrap up

If you are looking for a generator in budget friendly way then a 2000 watts generator would be a great choice. It is also a great choice if you are looking for a camping generator, it can power your important appliances when you need.

There is one simple idea that helps you to run your generator for long time, check the exact power wattage your appliance need (require), it will help you to know that your generator is overloaded or not.

I hope now you know that what can you run on a 2000 watt generator.

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