California Bans Generators: What Alternatives are Available?

On October 9, 2021, California passed a bill that could eventually ban the small off-road engines (SORE) found in gas-powered generators, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, weed eaters, and similar lawn care equipment starting in 2024. While this may sound draconian to some, part of the bill’s justification is that using a leaf blower for an hour is just as polluting as driving 1,100 miles.

Laws that begin in California often become adopted elsewhere. While there’s still a few years before gas-powered generators are banned, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking about your options ahead of time. You may already be on board with the idea of clean, quiet power and don’t need to wait on regulators.

Alternatives for Gas-Powered Generators

The California Air Resources Board estimates that running a gas generator for an hour contributes as much to smog as driving a car for 150 miles. While personal safety should take priority, fossil fuels generally aren’t essential for emergency backup power. If you’re worried about blackouts, get a battery-powered alternative that can power your home emission-free.

Can batteries replace a generator?

You can go small with a EcoFlow DELTA mini and two 160W solar panels that should be adequate for personal devices, entertainment, and essential appliances for the duration of the outage. If you don’t want to take any chances, EcoFlow DELTA Pro expands way beyond what you’d ever need. It has the solar input and battery capacity to make gas generators obsolete.


Alternatives for Lawn Equipment

We won’t have to worry about a silent spring with all of that brrrrr going on from mowers and blowers. Trouble is, battery-powered lawn equipment is lacking, and corded equipment means being tethered to a wall. With a lightweight battery you can pick up, you get the best of both worlds: the power of a plug-in tool without the long extension cords. Pick up a EcoFlow RIVER 2 Pro, set it by the hedges, and get to work!

Why Wait until 2028

The upcoming ban won’t affect portable gas generators until 2028 to give alternative power sources time to catch up. EcoFlow says we’re already there! People are switching from gas-powered engines to electric alternatives, and it’s not because they have to. There are plenty of reasons for your next portable generator to be an all-electric one. Electric lawn equipment and battery-powered generators are free of toxic emissions, pollutants, noise, grime, and maintenance. Push a button instead of pulling a cord. Recharge at home instead of going to a gas station. The list goes on. An electric-powered lifestyle isn’t just for tree-huggers anymore; everyone can benefit. 

Check out our collection of portable power stations ranging from camper-friendly ones to whole-home backup.


EcoFlow RIVER 2 Pro

768Wh Capacity
AC Output

EcoFlow RIVER 2 Pro has the output to handle tough jobs when there’s a long day ahead of you.

Recommended for: Power tools, small appliances

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1.26kWh Capacity
AC Output

Our best-seller for blackouts, EcoFlow DELTA has enough capacity to weather the storm while being portable enough to lift easily.

Recommended for: Power tools, small/medium appliances

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EcoFlow DELTA Pro

3.6-25kWh Capacity
AC Output

Use any appliance during a blackout; EcoFlow DELTA Pro can handle it. Go for days with extra batteries and other add-ons.

Recommended for: Power tools, all home appliances, home wiring

EcoFlow is a portable power and renewable energy solutions company. Since its founding in 2017, EcoFlow has provided peace-of-mind power to customers in over 85 markets through its DELTA and RIVER product lines of portable power stations and eco-friendly accessories.


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