California Bans Generators:
What Alternatives Are Available?

Author: Elliot

On October 9, 2021, California passed a bill that could eventually ban the small off-road engines (SORE) found in gas-powered generators, lawn mowers, 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.

DELTA Pro powering a food truck

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 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, 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 RIVER Pro, set it by the hedges, and get to work!

Drill plugged into RIVER Pro power station
RIVER Pro being used for outdoor lawn care

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. 

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