What Can A 7000 Watt Generator Run?

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A 7000 watt generator can typically run big devices like a 3-ton central air, a clothes dryer, or a hot water heater in terms of wattage requirements.

7000 watt generators can generally run multiple devices at the same time if you make good use of extension cords and distribution plugs.

For example, a 7000 watt generator should also be able to run a coffee maker, refrigerator, sump pump, vacuum cleaner, and an electric drill at the same time.

These general guidelines can be helpful but to be completely sure you would want to figure out how many watts your devices actually need.

Below, you can find a table with more general watt requirements but keep in mind that these are also not perfect in every situation either.

What will a 7000 watt generator run separately?

A 7000 watt generator will typically be able to run the devices in the table below separately.

Make sure you read the rest of the article to get a better idea of suitable combinations and exceptions.

Appliance Or ToolRunning WattsAdditional
Starting Watts
Starting Watts
Coffee Maker600 Watts600 Watts
Incandescent Light Bulbs60 Watts60 Watts
Refrigerator800 Watts1400 Watts2200 Watts
800 Watt Microwave Oven1300 Watts1300 Watts
Electric Frying Pan1500 Watts1500 Watts
Electric Grill1650 Watts1650 Watts
Slow Cooker270 Watts270 Watts
Toaster1200 Watts1200 Watts
Blender400 Watts450 Watts850 Watts
Air Fryer1600 Watts1600 Watts
Pressure Cooker1200 Watts1200 Watts
Electric Oven3500 Watts3500 Watts
Window Air Conditioner
(10,000 BTU)
1500 Watts700 Watts2200 Watts
11,000 BTU RV Air Conditioner1010 Watts590 Watts1600 Watts
Central Air (2 ton)1500 Watts3000 Watts4500 Watts
Central Air (3 ton)2250 Watts4500 Watts6750 Watts
Sump Pump (⅓ HP)800 Watts500 Watts1300 Watts
Flat Screen TV120 Watts120 Watts
Dishwasher220 Watts320 Watts540 Watts
Clothes Dryer5400 Watts1350 Watts6750 Watts
RadioUp to 200 WattsUp to 200 Watts
Portable Fan40 Watts80 Watts120 Watts
Laptop250 Watts250 Watts
Printer600 Watts600 Watts
Garage Door Opener720 Watts720 Watts1440 Watts
Cell Phone Charger25 Watts25 Watts
Radiant Heater1300 Watts1300 Watts
Hair Dryer1800 Watts100 Watts1900 Watts
Vacuum Cleaner1400 Watts1400 Watts
Hot Water Heater4500 Watts4500 Watts
Iron1200 Watts1200 Watts
Electric Drill600 Watts300 Watts900 Watts
Bench Grinder1400 Watts1100 Watts2500 Watts
Circular Saw1400 Watt900 Watts2300 Watts
Table Saw1800 Watts2700 Watts4500 Watts
Air Compressor1600 Watts2900 Watts4500 Watts
What devices a 7000 peak watts generator can typically run separately

If you want to run some or many of these appliances and tools together, you want to take a look at the steps in the next section to make sure you can safely do this.

Running certain devices safely also involves inverter power, amp, volts, and safety guidelines.

It is hard to make general statements about whether 7000 watt generators will offer these things because individual models can vary so much (and safety guidelines depend on you).

Thirdly, this table with appliances and tools below assumes your 7000 watt generator offers 6000 running watts although there are exceptions like the popular Honda EU7000iS.

Lastly, keep in mind that individual device brands can vary in terms of actual power needs.

How many things can a 7000 watt generator run at the same time?

As an example, your 7kw generator can likely run a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and 10k BTU window air conditioner at the same time.

At least in terms of power capacity.

Keep in mind that individual brand models can vary and the order in which you start your appliances and tools can matter.

To figure out how many and what tools you can power together with this power level, you can follow these steps:

  1. List what appliances and tools you would be interested in running together with your 7000 watt generator.
  2. Research or measure the watt needs of these devices (for each model separately for now).
  3. Add up all the running watts amounts. If the total running watts of your 7000 watt generator is lower than the sum, you already know you will have to run some of the devices separately (or get a stronger generator).
  4. If you don’t mind paying some attention to the startup sequence, sort the devices from highest starting and running watts to lowest.
  5. “Turn on” each of these devices on paper and see whether you can stay below the power capacity of your 7000 watt generator or make it so by removing certain devices from the list.
  6. If you don’t like the more accurate steps, you could also oversimplify by adding all the running watts up and adding the highest additional starting watts to this sum. The total of all of this should be less than 7000 watts.

At first, these steps can feel overwhelming but if you just do them one by one, you should be able to figure out more or less how much your 7000 watt generator can run.

How to run multiple appliances and tools with your 7000 watt generator

To run multiple appliances and tools with your 7000 watt generator you should start the generator as usual without anything plugged in, add extension cords and distribution plugs, and start up your appliances and tools in the right order.

Everything in the previous sections mostly focuses on the actual power needs of the appliances and tools and what 7000 watt generators offer in this area.

However, it is worth briefly mentioning some things to keep in mind when actually connecting the generator to the devices.

Firstly, all the standard safety guidelines you should follow when running a generator apply to 7000 watt models too.

Secondly, to make full use of your 7000 watt generator you will likely have to implement some extension cords and distribution plugs.

Potentially with the help of adapters (and extension cords and safety precautions like a transfer switch), you could also connect your 7000 watt generator to your house.

In turn, “your house” distributes the electricity the 7000 watt generator provides.

Is a 7000 watt generator enough?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator is enough for many people.

At the same time, whether a 7000 watt generator is ultimately enough for your specific situation depends a lot on what appliances and tools you want to run.

However, it is fair to say that most people will find a 7000 watt generator strong enough for their needs.

At least while the power outage or camping trip lasts.

One exception to this is if you have one or a few really big machines like for example a big central air conditioning that require too much power for a 7000 watt generator.

In a situation like this, you can consider a stronger generator.

FAQ for popular 7000 watt generator appliances and tools

Potentially with some digging, you should be able to find your appliances or tools of choice in the table above.

However, I will also quickly go over some of the most popular machines and devices people want to run with their 7000 watt generators.

Will a 7kw generator run a house?

Yes, a 7kw generator will run a house if you follow the safety guidelines and don’t have too many devices plugged in.

In simpler words, whether a 7kw generator will run a house generally depends more on the devices inside of the house, your adapters, and safety precautions than the generator itself.

You may need to limit the appliances and tools you turn on and you may need extra adapters and safety precautions.

Can a 7000 watt generator run an air conditioner?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator can typically run a 10,000 BTU window air conditioner.

A device like this often only requires around 2200 starting watts and an 11,000 BTU RV air conditioner around 1600 peak watts.

In turn, a 7000 watt generator can run these types of air conditioners.

Will a 7000 watt generator run central air?

No, a 7000 watt generator will not always run central air.

A 3-ton central air can require around 6750 starting watts (and 2250 running watts after) but there is some extension cord power loss involved.

At the same time, a 7000 wat generator can be able to run smaller sizes of central air.

Ultimately, the answer depends on the AC strength, extension cord power loss, and brand of the actual system.

Will a 7000 watt generator run a welder?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator will typically run a welder.

Welders can vary a lot in terms of power needs but it is fair to say that many models will need around 6000 peak watts.

In turn, a 7000 watt generator will often be able to run a welder.

Can a 7000 watt generator run an air compressor?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator can run most air compressors.

An air compressor will often “only” need around 4500 starting watts which means a 7000 watt generator should be able to run this.

Can a 7000 watt generator run a heat pump?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator can run many types of heat pumps.

For example, there are heat pumps that only need 4500 starting watts. A 7000 watt generator should be able to run these.

At the same time, heat pump power needs can still vary. A 7000 watt generator may not be able to run all heat pumps.

Will a 7000 watt generator run a well pump?

Yes, a 7000 watt generator will typically run a well pump.

Something like a 1/3 HP well pump often only needs around 2200 starting watts so a 7000 watt generator will often be able to run these.

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Mats is the founder and head editor of Generator Decision. With a combination of critical thinking, tireless research, and a healthy interest in electronics he helps people find the right generators and how to use these. At this point in the journey, Mats has done research on hundreds of portable generators.