Are Portable Generators Waterproof?

are portable generators waterproof

Portable generators are made to endure wet and sometimes extreme weather conditions. While they are less likely to damage themselves when exposed to water when they are outdoors, moisture, ice and snow can still cause harm. In such circumstances, it is wise to purchase a IGAN cover or canopy to keep the generator dry. Here are some common covers and canopies that are waterproof. Read on to learn more about these options.

IGAN cover

If you’re thinking about buying a running cover for your portable generator, you’re in luck. These covers have been engineered by independent lab engineers and are a convenient toolless solution for protecting your generator from rain, hail, and sun damage. They are compatible with portable generators ranging from three-five hundred to twelve-thousand watts, and their patented flap design is great for preventing CO poisoning, electrocution, and damage to your generator.

IGAN cover is a portable generator that can be operated safely in rain, snow, high winds and wet conditions

An IGAN cover is the best solution to protect your portable generator from the elements. It is made of 600D polyester material, which is water and uv-resistant. Moreover, the cover features two sets of adjustable buckle straps and a drawstring on the bottom to keep it in place. Also, the cover provides sufficient ventilation to dissipate heat. When used properly, the IGAN cover does not block the generator’s exhaust and intake areas. The cover also features a tool pocket with a 1 year warranty.


Portable generators are protected with metal shells, but a tent offers more protection. A generator “tent” allows adequate airflow, allowing for proper ventilation. Most portable generators come on trailers designed for outdoor use. In addition to providing protection against rain, wind, and snow, a generator “tent” is also waterproof. A tent is the most cost-effective way to protect a portable generator while outdoors.


Portable generators can be protected from the elements by canopies that protect them from rain and dust. These canopies are usually made from aluminum sheet that is bent to help exhaust gases escape. The canopies are secured to rail bars using L-shaped brackets. Each panel is fixed to the rail bars at right angles. If you do not have any experience in building canopies, we recommend you learn from our experience.

Carbon monoxide build-up

There are several risks associated with portable generator use. Using a generator improperly can result in fatalities or brain damage. This poison can build up quickly, causing disorientation and unconsciousness. Even if you survive, you can still suffer brain damage. According to the federal government, there were more than 900 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from portable generators from 2005 to 2017. In fact, a portable generator can release up to 450 parts per million of carbon monoxide.

Wet generators pose a shock and electrocution hazard

When used in wet conditions, generators can cause electrical shock. The effects of electrical shock vary greatly, ranging from a slight tingle to cardiac arrest. The following chart illustrates the relationship between current and degree of injury in a 60-cycle hand-to-foot path for one second of exposure. Electricity flowing through wet conditions and skin is more easily absorbed by the body than dry or cold surfaces.

Enclosures for portable generators

When it comes to protecting your portable generator, an enclosure can do a lot of the work. It can keep out unwanted third parties, as well as vandals. Because of their temporary nature, security is often a concern, especially for industrial generators that are stored in remote locations. Generator enclosures should provide the highest level of security and lock down all access points, including the fuel tank and system controls. This is especially important if you plan to leave your generator outdoors, or live in a community with strict noise ordinances.