How to Choose a Generator

Things to Consider When Choosing a Generator

What Is The Maximum Power Level That You Will Require?

You need to add the greatest amount of required power for every device that you will need the generator to power. Make certain that the generator’s ability to produce electrical power corresponds to the total amount.

Source the electrical force documentation for each of your appliances is in the owner’s manuals or found on the product’s name plate or identification plate located on the machine body when choosing a generator. The power figures to fire up and maintain the electricals are required information.

Generator manufacturers establish the following power rates:

  • Specific rate of power under specific operating conditions
  • Maximum output of continuous operation at full capacity

Figures quoted will match the figures found  on your electricity-driven devices. The continuous/rated output of the generator matches the running wattage.

For maximum performance, make certain that the generator’s electrical supply more than meets your needs. Consider the possibility of buying new appliances in the future. You won’t want to have to buy a new generator to compensate for your lack of planning.

Transfer switch. You need to install a transfer switch if your generator is wired into your home or office. The switch shuts down the power system from the utility company and lets the backup system take over. Transfer switches are:

  • Manual – a system you turn on and off yourself.
  • Automatic – a system that senses when the power goes down and when it comes on again and makes the switch for you.

Power Rating When Choosing A Generator

Standby power rating. These are the most commonly rated generators. Their primary use is to provide an independent source of power for a short period of time during an electrical failure.  With these generators, there isn’t any surcharge capacity assembled into the individual components. There are no conditions under which the generators operate coupling with a public utility source.

Prime power rating. Prime power generators should only be used when the user does not use a public utility as a power source.

What Is The Most Appropriate Fuel?

There are four main types of fuel to consider when choosing a generator:

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    • Liquified petroleum gas (LPG)
    • Liquid propane or natural gas

Petrol is a regular fuel and easiest to obtain. Comparatively speaking, petrol has a short service cycle, has greater combustion compared to diesel, for example. Petrol use isn’t advisable in cold weather. Petrol takes longer to warm up for use.

Diesel fuel is best suited for use with very big generators and is really only effective when running heavy loads. This type of fuel costs less and diesel fuel has a greater storage capacity compared to petrol. Diesel is noisy and an unfriendly fuel for the environment.

LPG is more pollution free compared to other fuel sources. Individual container sizes allow you to choose separate running times. LPG fuel is inexpensive – an excellent decision would be to convert diesel or petrol to LPG. The conversion would give you the flexibility to enable the generator to utilize another fuel source.

Liquid propane or natural gas are usually used with standby generators. These can be connected to your utility provider. Portable generators usually use gasoline.

What Is Suitable Power For Your Generator?

Inverter Generators deliver electricity that oscillates as the power load changes. However, state-of-the-art power tools, fridges, stoves, microwaves, computers and cell phones require tempered power to keep clear of harm. AVR and inverter generators have working parts that adjust the level of electricity to avert fluctuations.

If you are using your generator to power computers and cell phones make certain the special features of AVR technology are incorporated.

Inverter generators provide the most effortless operations making inverter technology the best choice for technological machines.

These generators offer consistent power. However, they are more expensive to run.

Where Will The Generator Be Used?

Will the generator sit in a secure, safe place away from possible damage? Make certain, when choosing a generator, the generator will have sufficient power to work efficiently in its work area.