The generator is in essence a portable combustion engine that runs on diesel or petrol fuel. The engine needs to run and maintain constant speed in order to be able to produce enough electricity to power the device that is hooked up to it. The inverters are devices that can turn the DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current) in order to power the devices that cannot run on the type of current that the generator is putting out. There are also inverter generators that are simply gas powered generators with the only difference being the built in inverter board that plays the same role as the inverter which I just went over.
When it comes to outdoor gear the first thing that everyone should think of is generators and/or inverters. This is not to say that these are the only two items that fall in this category since the term “outdoor gear” includes any tool, device or appliance that can be used or is specifically only used while not in an enclosed space. Understandably, this includes such a large number of items that trying to count them all would be nearly impossible, on top of it being just plain meaningless. But the reason that the first items that come to mind are the before mentioned two is because they serve as a portable power source to any and all of these items that do not run on physical strength or simple mechanisms, e.g. anything that runs on electricity.
The difference between these two tools is obviously the current that they can produce as well as the devices that each of them can power because of it. However, there are other differences as well. Both can come in a variety of sizes that range from portable to weighing about as much as a collapsed star, and they can both run on different types of fuel. But if you were to make an accurate assessment by comparing models of roughly the same size and that run on the same fuel supply, you are more than likely to come to the following conclusions.
Portable generators provide a means of power during power outages, for power tools, and outdoor events where you may need additional electricity. Although portable generators offer the greatest output and extended run times, they are heavier to transport, and also use more fuel. Inverters can work in case of a power outage at home, but they won’t be able to power multiple appliances at once. However, they can individually power a laptop, dishwasher, kitchen appliance, television, and so on. They are also much more silent and have the added perk of having variable speed that allows it to vary the engine speed depending on the amount of power that the user needs. Choose between these qualities depending on your personal requirements.