For quite a while I've been wanting a portable power generator that we could use to power a few essential items during an extended power outage. Problem is, I haven't been willing to fork over the cash. Then I noticed that Harbor Freight has an 800 watt generator that currently retails for $149.95 but can frequently be had for much cheaper. In my case, my wife found a coupon for $89.95.

Now 800 watts isn't a whole lot of power; what I really want for a portable emergency power generator is something in the 3000 to 5000 watt range. But I reasoned that  800 watts of power beats the heck out of zero watts. So, after visiting the Harbor Freight website and reading the customer reviews for this generator, I decided to give it a try.