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Making an Electric Generator Mobile Functionality Check

Sep 15, 2008
These days, electrical appliances and electronic gadgets have become more compact and more functional. Yet despite the apparent decrease in size of most of these consumer products, mobility is the foremost reason why appliances have gone handy. Even now with an electric generator mobile functionality being integrated. But how functional really is a portable generator?

For you to get the most out of your mobile generator, you must first consider these helpful and practical tips when buying. Whether you are using it as back-up power supply or as a stand alone electricity provider for your outdoor living, it would be best if you get to learn more of this electric generator mobile functionality check.

Size isn't always the most fitting criteria to use when buying a mobile electric generator. In fact, most home users end up getting power shortage from their small and handy generator. When choosing a mobile electric generator, check for its constant wattage capability. Constant wattage refers to the total wattage of all the appliances your electric generator is expected to provide power for.

You can compute the constant wattage by adding the wattage or power consumption of the appliances you are going to use. A regular room air conditioner typically has 1700 wattage, a freezer has 500, microwave oven has 700, radio has up to 200, and a portable heater has around 1300, while TV has wattage up to 500. If you add all these up, this will total to 4900. An ideal mobile generator should provide power that is 20 percent more than the constant wattage, which in this case, is 5880. You can refer to the appliance manual or the back label to get the wattage of a device.

If you are going to use motor-powered appliances with your electric generators, be careful also with the start up wattage. Start up wattage is the power needed to start motor-driven appliances, such as furnace blowers, freezers, and refrigerators, which normally reach up to three times its average wattage. A refrigerator, for example has 3000 wattage, but it will eat up 9000 of power in order to start. So, if you're going to use these appliances, the best advice is to check for a mobile generator that surpasses your constant wattage requirements.

Another important thing to check is the voltage ratings compatibility. An electric appliance can either have 120 or 240 voltage ratings. Huge appliances, such as dryers, electrical ranges, and pumps for wells have 240 voltage ratings. If you plan to use both 120 and 240-volt appliances, go for a mobile electric generator that can serve these two voltage ratings.

In order to get more optimized performance, check out accessories that come with the mobile electricity generator, such as a transfer switches. A transfer switch will allow the generator to provide power to a selected circuit in a house or facility. Other accessories, which will add more functionality to your generator, are generator power inlet boxes, generator power cords, generator wheel kits, gas and oil cans, plugs, and connectors.

Mobile electric generators are not expected to supply power to an entire home or work site. However, you can make the most out of it by checking the necessary compatibility features. Make this as your mobile electric generator functionality checklist.
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