Surge/starting watts are for appliances with electric motors such as refrigerators and air conditioners which cycle or require a larger power draw in order to start. These are typically only required for a short duration. Running/rated watts, on the other hand, are the sustained watts constantly required in order to power a device. All inverter generators will state BOTH their running watts and their starting watt capacity. For example, a quiet power generator such as The Briggs and Stratton 30545 is listed as a 3000 watt generator BUT in actuality it would only be able to deliver 3000 watts for about 30 minutes. This is because 3000 watts is its starting/ surge capacity. The rated watts of a quiet power generator are a better indication of how much power a unit can supply. In this case the Biggs and Stratton can consistently deliver about 2600 watts- this is its rated/running watt capacity. Calculating how many watts you will need with the power inverter usage charts below will help you determine which quiet power generator is best for your specific needs.
Larger Quiet Power Generators
If you require a larger power supply I recommend checking out:
The Champion 75537i
The WEN 56310i
These units are able to start and run a 13,500 BTU AC unit. They also make for good emergency backup power supplies.
Smaller Quiet Power Generators
For smaller power demands such as tailgating, camping, hunting etc. I recommend the following units;
The Honda EU2000i
The WEN 56200i
You can also pair two units together in order to double your power supply. Click here to learn more about the parallel process.