What Can I Run with a 2 kw Generator?

2.2kVA Yanmar GYD2000E

A 2 kVA generator can provide enough power to run a variety of appliances and tools. However, it is a good idea to note that they are on the smaller end of the scale of generators. If in doubt, ask the experts at Diesel Generation Australia for advice in finding exactly what you need for your requirements. The following is a list of what you can generally expect to be able to power with a small 2 kVA generator.


This is really helpful during a power outage in warmer weather. This size generator can be used to power different types of fans including ceiling fans and pedestal fans.


Again, this one is for the warmer months. These generators may be able to power a small portable air conditioner. But be careful. Larger central air conditioning units will require more power than can be provided by a 2-kw generator. If you’re not sure, it is a good idea to get professional advice.

Space Heaters

A 2 kW generator can power a small electric space heater. This can be useful during power outages in the winter months or when out camping in cold weather.


You can power several lights with a 2-kW generator. This can include light bulbs, LED lights and CFL lights. It may also be suitable for powering outdoor lighting like floodlights or security lights.

Power Tools

You can usually use a 2-kW generator to power small power tools, including drills, saws, and sanders. However, as with the aforementioned air-conditioning, larger power requirements will require more. Tools like air compressors or welders will probably require more power than can be provided with a 2-kw generator. 

Electric Kettle

This is a great one for when you’re camping. A 2-kw generator is perfect for powering small appliances like an electric kettle to boil water for coffee, tea or cup noodles.

TV and Electronics

A 2 kW generator can power a TV, DVD player or gaming console. It can also charge your mobile phone and other small electronics.

Garden Tools and Equipment

This size generator should be enough to power outdoor power equipment such as a leaf blower or a hedge trimmer. However, it is typically a great idea to check the power requirements of the specific equipment you’re using to ensure that the generator can handle it.

Water Pumps

Usually, a 2-kW generator will be sufficient to power a small water pump. This makes them a useful tool to have on hand for irrigation or for pumping water from a well.

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