Graham from Hampton NSW provides a video review of their Powerlite 8kVA Honda Generator.

Video from our dealer: My Generator


Hi there,
I live up in cold country up in the blue mountains in NSW. We lose power regularly during the cold time in winter up here so I got myself a generator, I spoke to My generator who gave me a price that was excellent, they delivered it  on time exactly when they said they would. Starts first time every time. I got myself a  Powerlite 6.8kW, lets me run the whole house when I haven’t got power and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

If you are looking to power your home, here is some advice.

Selecting a generator that can handle all your power generation needs is one of the most important aspects of the purchasing decision.  Whether you are interested in prime, temporary, or standby power, if your new generator can’t meet your specific requirements then it simply won’t be doing you any good because it can put undue stress on the Generator and even damage some of the equipment connected to it.  Unfortunately, determining exactly what size of generator to purchase is often exceedingly difficult and involves a number of factors and considerations.

Making a choice amongst single-phase, three-phase, kW, KVA, welder, standby, or motor starting generators can be confusing. To prevent such confusion, Powerlite has written this article to help you get a better idea of how the sizing process works and some key things to keep in mind.  This is not a substitute for a certified electrician, which we always suggest talking to before Purchasing (Powerlite can assist you here), but it should provide you with enough information to get an understanding of some of the key factors that are involved.


With the latest advancements in the field of power generation, Powerlite supplied and built generators are now available in a wide range of sizes. Powerlite Generators with power supply capacities of 1Kva to 80Kva are readily available for home use, while Australian industrial generators are anywhere from 50Kva to over 3 Megawatts. Powerlite can build multi set applications where up to 32 generators can be synchronized to work as 1 (96 Megawatts).  Portable Generators are available for homes, caravans and small offices, but larger businesses, data centers, buildings, and mining applications need to use a much larger sized Diesel generator/generators to meet their power requirements.


Many people believe smaller generators can be used for standby power because they are not running all the time. This is not only wrong but can be very damaging. Unfortunately, the generator under-sizing is one of the most common mistakes committed by purchasers.  Not only does it involve the risks of damaging your new generator, but it can also damage other assets connected to it, create hazardous situations, and even limit the overall efficiency of the unit and/or the business relying on it.  If nothing else, the key thing to remember here is that more is always better than less.


While there is no substitute for the services of a qualified electrician (Powerlite can assist you here) the following information will allow you to make a more qualified decision with a better understanding for choosing the right generator for your application:


Going to an auction site or a dealer and buying the cheapest or the best (so they say) is not the option.

  • Make a list of the items that need to be powered by the generator
  •  Make a note of the starting and running Current of the respective items
  • Calculate the total power requirements in Watts or KW
  • Phone or Email Powerlite and one of our technical representatives will be able to assist you.


Getting the right starting and running current of the devise you require to run is very important, these can be found on the manufacturer’s plate or in the hand book provided with the item. If these cannot be found call Powerlite and we will be able to assist you.


It often happens that you lose the owner’s manual or for some reason cannot find the power requirement specification of the tools and/or other electrical devices you’re running. Below is a sample power consumption chart.

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