Can You Use a Generator in an Apartment?

Generators are handy gadgets that can help power everything from small electronics to larger appliances in a pinch. They come in all shapes and sizes, some even strong enough to provide whole-house power in an emergency.

Whole-house generators act as backup power sources when the main grid is down, keeping essential household appliances running. These stopgap solutions are invaluable in the countryside, where rolling blackouts and natural disasters can cause prolonged power outages. But what if you're living in an apartment complex? Can you still use a generator?

The short answer is yes, you can use a generator in an apartment, but only if it is silent, emission-free, safe and does not disturb your neighbors.

Solar-powered portable generators are an excellent option for apartment dwellers looking to add a reliable backup power supply. These lightweight, often suitcase-style devices are incredibly efficient, quiet, and safe to use in an apartment.

Here's what you need to know about apartment generators:

Do Apartments have Backup Generators and Should I Buy One?

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Yes, many apartments have backup (auxiliary) generators. These standby generators are typically large, stationary generators that turn on automatically to power elevators, lights, and other essential services when the power goes out. In most cases, however, these generators are not connected to individual apartments.

This means that if there is a power outage, you may be unable to use your lights, appliances, or other electronic devices. While typical power outages never last long, these interruptions can be frustrating and could lead to food spoilage or other inconveniences.

This is why investing in generators for apartments is becoming increasingly popular. But before you rush to buy one, it's important to understand what kind of generators are allowed in apartments.

Traditionally, gas-powered generators have been the go-to option for backup power. However, these generators are not ideal for apartments since they can be noisy, produce emissions, and may pose safety risks if not installed and used properly. Additionally, many apartments have restrictions on the use of gas-powered generators due to safety concerns, noise complaints, and city regulations.

If you're looking for a quieter, safer, and more eco-friendly option, a solar generator for apartments is your best bet. These generators use solar panels to collect energy from the sun and store it in a battery. They produce no emissions or odors and are whisper-quiet, so you'll never get into trouble with your neighbors or the landlord. Plus, these generators are often small and light enough to be carried conveniently to wherever you need them.

Some popular options for apartment dwellers are the Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro, and the Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro, which are all incredibly efficient and dependable.

These fully electric portable generators are lightweight and easy to use, making them a great choice for people living in small spaces. They can power a wide range of devices, including phones, laptops, and appliances, making them an ideal backup power source during an outage. Plus, their batteries are powerful enough to sustain you for days.

What Kind Of Generator Can I Use In An Apartment?

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You can use either a gas generator or a battery generator in your apartment. However, there are some important things to consider when making your choice.

While gas generators are more powerful and typically have a lower ticket price, they can be quite loud and emit dangerous carbon monoxide fumes that can pose extreme danger to you and your neighbors. They are also bulky and huge for an apartment, especially if you live in a tight space.

If you decide to go with a gas generator, you may need to seek permission from your landlord. Unfortunately, many landlords and management companies don't allow gas generators in apartments. Those who agree often require them to be placed outside, away from windows and vents. Obviously, this poses a security risk.

The solution? A solar battery generator.

Battery-powered generators are perhaps the most recommended backup generator for apartments. Battery backups are the clear winner since they are quieter, safer, eco-friendly, and more cost-effective. These small and lightweight apartment generators don't emit fumes, require minimal maintenance, and run independently of the grid, so you don't need to get a landlord's permission or install anything.

Battery-powered generators are conveniently charged using solar power. You only need a small sun-facing area, such as a balcony, to generate the necessary solar panel energy, making them an excellent choice for apartments. Using these apartment generators can reduce your reliance on the electricity grid and potentially avoid power outages, giving you a sense of energy independence and security.

What Apartment Generators Can Be Used Indoors?

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At Jackery, we have different solar backup generators for apartment use with various features and advantages. These quiet and low-maintenance apartment generators have a brilliant all-in-one design that integrates the battery, inverter, and solar controller into one compact unit that allows maximum space efficiency and ease of use, making it ideal for small apartments.

But our solar generators for apartments are not built the same. The Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, for instance, has one of the fastest solar recharging capabilities and delivers high-output power that will support large appliances comfortably. At 2,160 Wh capacity, 2,200W AC power, and 4,400W peak power, this unit will keep critical home appliances (including refrigerators) running during a power outage.

If you're looking for an equally powerful generator with a lower ticket price, the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro or Jackery Solar Generator 1500 are excellent alternatives.

If you want a backup power source for multiple devices such as phones, iPads, laptops, TV, fans, and other small appliances, Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro or Jackery Solar Generator 1000 will deliver the juice at a more affordable price.

These backup generators for apartments have long lifespans, provide ultra-long standby times, and come with a variety of safety features, making them ideal for indoor use. They also provide convenient recharging ways options through wall outlets and car outlets, ensuring that you have enough auxiliary power anytime you need it.

How Long Does the Solar Generator for Apartment Battery Last?  

The amount of time an apartment generator's battery can last depends on its capacity and the wattage of the devices/appliances you use. The larger the power capacity of your apartment generator, the longer it will run without having to recharge.

To calculate the number of hours a particular apartment generator can run, divide its capacity by the wattage of the device or appliance you want to power. But it's always good to assume an 85% efficiency due to power loss.

Working time = Capacity Wh * 0.85 / operating wattage of your device.

Now, assume the following approximate power output for each of these generators:

Jackery Solar Generator

Battery Capacity

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro

2000W (AC) and 2160Wh

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro

1500W (AC) and 1534Wh

Jackery Solar Generator 1500

1500W (AC) and 1534Wh

Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro

1000W (AC) and 1002Wh

Jackery Explorer 1000

1000W (AC) and 1002Wh

How long would each take to run a 520W refrigerator? Here are the approximate run times:

Jackery Solar Generator


Charging Time

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro

(2160Wh * 0.85) / 520W

3.53 hours

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro

(1534Wh * 0.85) / 520W

2.50 hours

Jackery Solar Generator 1500

1534Wh * 0.85) / 520W

2.50 hours

Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro

(1002Wh * 0.85) / 520W

1.63 hours

 Jackery Explorer 1000

(1002Wh * 0.85) / 520W

1.63 hours

These are only approximate figures, and the actual times may vary due to various factors such as the environment, the condition of the generator and the appliance, the power drain, etc.

How to Use a Backup Generator for Apartment?  

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Using a backup solar generator in an apartment is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to have backup power during emergencies. Here are some steps to help you safely use a backup solar generator:

  • Choose the right solar generator:Select a solar generator that is suitable for your apartment's power needs. Check the wattage of your essential appliances to determine the size of the generator you need.
  • Position the solar panels:Place the solar panels in an area that receives direct sunlight, like a balcony or a window sill. Make sure they are securely attached to prevent them from falling.
  • Connect the generator:Connect the solar generator to your apartment's electrical system using a transfer switch. This will protect the system and the utility grid.
  • Charge the generator: Make sure the solar generator is fully charged before use. This can take several hours or even a day, depending on the size of the generator and the amount of sunlight it receives.
  • Use essential appliances:Only use essential appliances during a power outage, such as lights, refrigerators, and chargers. Avoid plugging in high-powered appliances like air conditioners, heaters, or electric stoves, as they can drain the battery quickly.


A solar generator is an excellent choice for apartments because they are quiet, eco-friendly, and efficient. They also don't require any major installation or maintenance and can provide reliable power to essential appliances during a power outage. In fact, some models, like the Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, are powerful enough to keep critical home appliances like refrigerators running for hours on end with minimal maintenance.

Don't let a lack of power outages hold you back from living comfortably in your apartment. Invest in a quality solar generator and enjoy peace of mind knowing you are prepared for any emergency situation. Explore Jackery's range of products today and discover the freedom and flexibility that comes with a portable solar generator for apartments.

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