Portable vs. Standby: Which is the Best Backup Generator for You?

If you were here on Long Island during the blackout of 2003 or Hurricane Sandy, you know how dependent we are on power. Storms take out trees, which then will take out power lines. Local roads can become impassable and there is no way to gauge when the power will come back. Overloaded power grids during summer heat waves is another cause of power outages. Regardless of the reason the power goes out in your home or business, backup generators are your solution! Here at NY Electric Company of Huntington Station, NY, we are available to help you make the best choice when purchasing a generator.

Portable vs. Standby

There are two options when choosing a generator: portable and standby. Both will help you keep food fresh, keep lights on, and keep you warm or cool. The first thing you want to do is decide what your needs are. Depending on your needs, some generators may be too much or too little power for you. Our sales & service team can help you make the right choice for your needs.

Both options have their benefits and drawbacks. NY Electric is here to help make the right decision.


Portable Generators


Brands We Service & Install:
Generac, Champion, Honda, Onan


  • Less expensive than standby generators
  • Can have a transfer switch installed for easier usage
  • Relatively simple to set up
  • Doesn’t need a permanent location on your property


  • Need to run extension cords for your all appliances you want to keep running
  • Takes time (out in the elements) to power up when you need it
  • Need a shelter to protect the generator from rain and snow

Portable Generator from Generac

Standby Generators


Brands We Service & Install:
Generac, Briggs & Stratton, GE, Honeywell, Kohler


  • Permanently installed
  • Automatically turns on
  • No need for extension cords
  • Connects directly into your electrical panel


  • Needs a dedicated space, like an AC unit
  • Noise or other ordinances may limit installation
  • More expensive than portable generators

Standby Generator from Generac