How to Quiet a Portable Generator

A portable generator can make life a lot more comfortable at a campsite or at home during a power outage. You can use it to power your AC during the muggy summer nights, while maybe you have some soothing music playing.

But you may need to learn the way how to quiet a portable generator, so you can actually fall asleep. There are ways to do this, and some of them has been given below:

Get a Quiet Generator

This may seem obvious, but it has to be said in case you overlook this factor. You don’t need to learn how to quiet a portable generator if it’s already quiet enough for you.

That’s why you need to take the noise into account when you buy your portable generator. Do remember that bigger generators with more watts to offer tend to be noisier as well.

Some portable gasoline generators are quieter than others even with the same wattage. That’s because they have more effective mufflers or they have noise-suppressing technology like Idle Control.

If your watt requirements aren’t all that high, you may instead go with a power station that’s basically a hand-carried rechargeable battery. This can be enough to recharge smartphones and laptops at camp. These power stations don’t make any noise at all.

Keep the Generator Away from You

You should be old enough to know by now that a noisy object is noisier if it’s right beside you. That’s why if you want to spare your eardrums, keep the generator far away.

Keep in mind that when a manufacturer discloses the decibels produced by their generators, they’re measured from 23 feet away.

Use Rubber Waffle Pads

The vibrations the generator produces contribute to the noise levels, so you need to keep the vibrations down. One simple way to do this is to place rubber waffle pads on the ground before you put in the generator.

Dampen the Engine Block Noise

The stock screws on the engine block generally have rubber gaskets to minimize the noise. You can improve on that by adding an extra rubber washer along with longer bolts.

Enclose the Generator

You do know that when your audio speaker is on the other side of a wall, it doesn’t sound as loud. So you can expand on that principle and build walls along all the sides of the generator to create an enclosure.

The only side where there shouldn’t be any wall is the side with the switches and outlets. You can just use cinder block for your wall, as you don’t have to seal them. Just stack them until the stack is about a foot higher than the generator.

Make sure you have some breathing space between the walls and the generator too. This breathing space should be about 6 to 12 inches.

You can then test this by turning the generator on and you can check of the noise levels are tolerable enough for you. If it’s a bit too noisy, use more insulation for the cinder block walls.

Final Tip

Perhaps you can use earbuds when you sleep!