Average Wattage Requirements for Generators

Household Items
Coffee Maker
Dishwasher

Cool Dry
Hot Dry

Electric Fry Pan
Electric Range
Microwave Oven
Refrigerator or Freezer
Toaster

6-inch element
8-inch element
625 watts
2-slice
4-slice

Automatic Washer
Clothes Dryer

Gas
Electric

Dehumidifier
Electric Blanket
1/4 HP
1/3 HP
1/8 HP
1/6 HP
Furnace Fan, gas or fuel 1/4 HP
1/3 HP
1/2 HP
Hair Dryers
Iron
Garage Door Opener

Lights
Radio
Well Pump
Sump Pump
Television
Vacuum Cleaner

1/3 HP
1/2 HP
1/3 HP
1/2 HP
Color
Black and White
Standard
Deluxe

Running
Watts
1750
700
1450
1300
1500
2100
625
700
1050
1650
1150
700
5750
650
400
300
725
300
500
600
700
875
300 to 1200
1200
as indicated on
bulb
50 to 200
750
1000
800
1050
300
100
800
1100

Starting
Watts
0
1400
1400
0
0
0
800
2200
0
0
2300
1800
1800
800
0
1000
1400
500
750
1000
1400
2350
0
0
0
0
1400
2100
1300
2150
0
0
0
0

Central Air Conditioner

10,000 BTU
20,000 BTU
24,000 BTU
32,000 BTU
40,000 BTU

1500
2500
3800
5000
6000

Contractor Needs
1/2 HP
1 HP
Air Compressor
1 1/2 HP
2 HP
6 inches
Bench Grinder
8 inches
10 inches
Electric Cultivator
1/3 HP
Electric Hedge Trimmer 18 inches
Standard, 9 inches
Electric Line Trimmer
Heavy-duty, 12 inches
Drum Mixer, 55 gallons 1/4 HP
HID, Metal Halide, Mercury
Flood Lights
Vapor or Sodium Vapor
(Watts per bulb)
16 inches, 3/4 HP
20 inches, 1 HP
1/4 inch
Hand Drill
3/8 inch
1/2 inch
5/8 HP
1 HP
High-pressure Washer
1 1/2 HP
3 HP
Submersible Pump
400 gph
Centrifugal Type
900 gph
1.7 HP
Wet and Dry Vac
2 1/2 HP
Skill Saws, Worm Drive 7 1/4 inches
Band Saw
14 inch
Circular Saw, Heavy6 1/2 inches
duty
7 1/4 inches
Floor Polisher

Running
Watts
1000
1500
2200
2800
720
1400
1600
7000
400
350
500
700
250
400
1000
1400
1600
350
400
600
900
1200
1450
3125
200
500
900
1300
1800
1100
800
1400

2200
3300
4950
6500
7800
Starting
Watts
2000
4500
6000
7700
1000
2500
3600
1400
0
0
0
1200
63
100
250
3100
4500
0
0
0
2700
3600
4300
9300
400
400
0
0
2600
1400
1200
2300

Electric Chainsaw
Table Saws
Miter Saw

8 1/4 inches
12 inches, 1/2 HP
14 inches, 2 HP
9 inches
10 inches
10 amp
15 amp

Sawzall
Drills

1/4 inch 3 amps
3/8 inch 4 amps
1/2 inch 5.4 amps
Motors in General

Split Phase

Capacitor Start Induction Run

Fan Duty

1/8 HP
1/6 HP
1/4 HP
1/3 HP
1/2 HP
1/3 HP
1/2 HP
3/4 HP
1 HP
1 1/2 HP
2 HP
3 HP
5 HP
1/8 HP
1/6 HP
1/4 HP
1/3 HP
1/2 HP

1800
900
1100
1500
1800
1100
1650
750
300
440
600
Running
Watts
300
500
600
700
875
720
975
1400
1600
2200
2850
3900
6800
400
550
650
800
1100

3000
0
0
3000
4500
2000
3000
1400
400
600
900
Starting
Watts
500
725
1000
1400
2300
1300
2100
3100
4500
6000
7700
12,000
16,500
600
850
1200
1600
2400