# Can a 2000 watt generator run a portable air conditioner?

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**2000 watt generator**won't be able to**power**your hot water heater. A**2000 watt**handle the load of a 15000 BTU RV**air conditioner**with a higher starting**wattage**capacity**could**let you**run**a 10,000 BTU window**air conditioner**during a summer blackout. Once it is**running**, you have roughly 1800**watts**left to work with.

Similarly, you may ask, what size generator do I need to run a portable air conditioner?

**run** a few smaller items. 15,000 btu **air conditioner**. **run** a few smaller items. 15,000 btu **air conditioner**.

Buying a **Portable** RV **Generator**.

Size of Air Conditioner | Approximate Starting Watts | Approximate Running Watts |
---|---|---|

13,500 btu | 2800-3000W | 1500-2000W |

15,000 btu | 3300-3500W | 1300-1800W |

**portable AC**to the company's window unit with the same capability—8,000 BTUs to cool 350 square feet. The window unit uses 6.2 amps and 708

**watts**in cool mode. The

**portable**, 8 amps and 895

**watts**.

Just so, can I run a portable air conditioner on a generator?

Most **portable generators can** handle at least a 6,000 BTU **air conditioner**, which needs between 500 and 600 watts. Even a 1,000 watt rated output **generator will** be adequate. You just **can**'t plug in additional loads that, when added to the requirements of the **air conditioner**, **will** exceed the **generator's** surge rating.

**In layman's terms, a 2000 watt generator can run almost any small household, RV or recreational appliances, including:**

- Portable light source.
- Small space heater.
- Coffee maker.
- Microwave oven.
- Modern fridge with a freezer.
- Laptop.
- TV.
- VCR / DVD Player.