Like a lot of new product concepts, CarGenerator is a polarizing product. People either ‘get it’ and love it, or they think it’s stupid and go on Facebook to tell us and all their friends how dumb we are for developing this product in the first place. #social

Thankfully, we have many very-satisfied customers who are willing to share their stories and experiences with our product. We do, after all, offer a money-back guarantee and have yet to see a return.

To the armchair critics and inventors out there who have rightly pointed out that it is possible to build a CarGenerator for less than we charge for one, you are absolutely right. Much like it is usually cheaper to DIY your own renovations than it is to hire a contractor, there will always be a cost premium when somebody else does the work for you. If you aren’t a CarGenerator customer, you should still consider an inverter-based solution instead of a portable gas generator, for several very compelling reasons. 

Firstly, inverters are less expensive to buy, given the basic requirements for household essentials-only power. Secondly, they are much easier to store, and don’t require any maintenance. Third, a car and inverter combo will run for a lot longer than a portable gas generator. If you decide to DIY it, there are some things to keep in mind. In the case of CarGenerator, we have spent years perfecting a design that will work with the vast majority of cars on the road without harming the vehicle, in order to power household essentials for the vast majority of homes. This means 1000W of continuous power. Many portable gas generators are rated to produce much more than this, but it’s not always necessary as long as you can live without the wine fridge, hot tub, and plasma screen for a few days.

Early in our research we found that a high-quality, commercial-grade, pure sine-wave AC inverter, is much better for running complex electronics without hiccups or failure. So don’t cheap out if you’re inverter shopping on Amazon.

If you are connecting an inverter under the hood, make sure you also get a set of high-heat-resistant, pure oxygen-free copper jumper cables to ensure safe, short-free operation.

Finally, we spent thousands of dollars and man-hours developing a ventilated, compact, lightweight, weatherproof housing, to ensure that CarGenerator will work in the inclement weather that is likely to be the source of a power outage in the first place. If you are building your own inverter-based power solution, make sure you have a way to keep the inverter free from water, but also give it enough air to stay cool.

With all of this said, we feel that CarGenerator represents a truly good value for our consumers, but we also realize that lots of people out there would rather save money a create a DIY solution. More power to them! A search through Amazon, Home Depot, or Canadian Tire will provide you with a great selection of inverters and connection pieces to build your own car generator.

Why not just buy a traditional portable gas generator and get more power for less money? Simple. They’re noisy, smelly, heavy, hard-to-move, large, only run for a short time when in use, and need frequent maintenance or they won’t start. If your power goes out once a month, absolutely buy a gas generator; you’d be silly not to if it’s going to see a lot of use. But if your power only goes out once a year, or less, consider an inverter-based system.

A good inverter can provide you with enough power for your furnace or other household essentials, with many pure sine wave inverters available for between $150-300, which will generate between 1000-1500W of power, which, as our customers will tell you, is enough to run a modern high-efficiency furnace and some other small household essentials.

If you need power on occasion, but don’t want the hassles of gas, pick up an inverter. It’s just what you need.