Guide to Buying Generators in Nigeria

April 11, 2015

Power generators today in Nigeria have become every households’ must have given the poor state of power supply from the so-called independent power companies. Households apart, it is indeed not enviable for business owners as most factories, offices, event centers and other small businesses run full time on their own alternative means of electricity, Power generators. It does make sense to claim that virtually everyone in Nigeria probably makes use of an ‘independent mini power station” we can’t afford not to have.

You are probably reading this because you are shopping for a generator and you’re confused with all the options available around you today. If that is the case, guess what! You’re sure to get all the answers here. Read along as we take you through the most important factors you need to consider in making the right choice of generator, the best brands available, different specifications, compare the prices and the online stores to buy from in Nigeria.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A GENERATOR
Generally, we always consider your budget as the key factor in any of your shopping decisions. We assume that regardless of what your buying needs are, your budget (your pocket) should tell you “hey, this one is for me”. Therefore, we’d like to focus on other important factors.

PURPOSE; Household, Small Business or Industrial.
The first thing is to anticipate the power consumption (or the average load) to have a clue of the power supply requirements.
For households, a more direct way of doing this is by listing the major appliances and get their power ratings(see their respective manuals). A typical household will make do with about 1200Watts, considering TV, decoder, DVD player, refrigerator, PC, fans, light bulbs at peak period. Please note that appliances such as AC’s and washing machines are not considered here (but you can still juggle them if other high load appliances are not in use).
It is always advisable to de-rate your generator by operating it with consumptions lower than its rated power. Take for example the household with 1200W, a 2.4KW rated generator (Considering its de-rating by say half of the rated power). Although, this is by no means a standard for load capacity of a generator, de-rating goes a long way at increasing the useful life of a generator. In this case, a 2.4Kw generator and above will be sufficient to handle such household even at peak usage periods.

For small businesses with more power needs and might run on generators for longer periods (take into account PC’s, AC’s, TV sets, and other office equipment). By small businesses, we consider the shops, small offices, supermarkets, all these with consumptions usually more than a typical household. This might vary depending on the business needs. Take for example, one shop might only need the generator to power deep freezers, refrigerators, a TV and a fan alone, while an office with between 5-10 employees power few sets of PC’s, printers, A/C’s, and a supermarket, for chillers, refrigerators, payment tills, A/c’s, fans, and more light bulbs.
In summary, calculating the power ratings is still a useful tool to anticipate and determine the type of generator for your business need. Going by this, a 4.5KW and above should be sufficient (again, it still depends on the sizes of these appliances and the period of use).

For industrial purposes, there are specialized industrial generators designed to withstand the rigors of these purposes. Industrial generators are designed to supply electricity for places where usually, there are no other sources of energy. You can imagine a production factory having to rely on NEPA or PHCN or whatever their name is (really it doesn’t matter, they’re full of S***) for their production process. We are sure not getting into too much details about this in this post, but we’ll provide a list and specifications of the best brands of industrial generators in Nigeria.

FUEL
This is actually a no brainer as it is a minimum requirement to know the kind of fuel required to power your generator before you buy one. Most generators use petrol (unleaded gasoline) and the more high power generators use diesel or gas. The MBTE (Methyl tert-butyl ether) are not in sufficient quantity in Nigeria, so for the purpose of our users, we’ll ignore its importance. Regardless of the kind of fuel, it is important to consider the source within your environment (you actually don’t want to have a gas generator at home and travel up to 20 miles each time to buy gas for your generator).

GENERATOR RATINGS
These are other key factors in generator specifications to consider before buying one. Understanding these ratings helps you as a buyer to anticipate the expected performance of the generator.

Rated Power
This is given in KVA or VA, 1000VA=1KVA and 650VA=0.65KVA. This is simply the load a generator can withstand under normal operations. Like we’ve pointed out earlier in this post (see domestic purpose), it is important to buy power generators with rated power above the anticipated need. This is a more economical approach at increasing the overall life span of your generator.
Output Voltage
As it implies, this is the output voltage supplied by the generator. For the purpose of this post, we are concentrating on generators made for the Nigerian market; which is between 210v-250v, while you find in some countries, 110V or 120V.
Frequency
The output frequency of generators in Nigeria is as straight forward as it can be. Just as the standard voltage is about 220V, the frequency rating is at 50Hz. These (the voltage and frequency) has to be in tandem with the electric company’s and your appliances. Please ensure you verify this before making your purchase.
Automatic Voltage Regulator(AVR)
We consider this as a minimum requirement for generators in Nigeria now as most generators now come with its AVR. This enables the generator to supply stable voltage, which is automatically regulated. Although the budget generators such as the classic Tiger 650VA or 950VA (I pass my neighbor) does not come with an AVR, you’ll probably consider buying an AVR (stabilizer) to protect your gadgets.
Engine oil
Youre advised to follow the instructions on the manual regarding application of engine oil to your generator. Most generators with ratings above 1KVA and above does not require you to mix the oil with its petrol, hence has a separate oil tank. Otherwise, the classic “I pass my neighbor” tiger 650VA or 950VA still require this in the 50:1 ratio.
Portability Kit
These are the “efizi’s” that now comes with generators for easy movement, the wheels and rollers and handle. Consider this as an important factor as it might be of help each time you are changing the location of your set.
Starter
This we consider as very, very important if your budget permits. You’d rather register with a gym house than having a generator with a recoil starter (rope and grip). The key starter seems more ideal considering the fact that you’ll have to put on the generator about 3-5 times in the space of 10 hours, just saying.
Dimension/size
This has to do with the availability of space and the housing unit. For households with other occupants, this seems to be an issue as other tenants probably has theirs too in a limited available space (please don’t start WWIII over space for generators) you can check the dimensions in the manual before making your purchase.

BRANDS OF GENERATORS IN NIGERIA- SPECIFICATIONS, PRICES AND WHERE TO BUY
In this section of this post, we’ll take a more detailed look at all the available trusted brands of generators in Nigeria. We’ll make a list of different ranges of products from this brands and provide links to get the best prices from major online stores in Nigeria.
You’d agree with us that there is an influx of all sorts of generators in this country. An unfortunate situation we find ourselves given the terrible state of power in Nigeria. On the face of it, there are over 50 brands of generators you can find around, but for the purpose of our online shoppers, we’ll focus on the few available brands that are easily available from various online stores in Nigeria. Please click on each of the brands for full specification and complete inventory of each of the brands below. And be sure of the price ranges, images, specifications and where to buy.

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