FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
FAQ About Generators
Shopping for and buying a portable generator can be a complicated process but it doesn’t have to be. It can be especially daunting if you are not mechanically inclined or have much experience with motors. How do you care for it? Are there certain things you cannot do with a generator? All these questions and more are important in helping have confidence in your generator purchase.
We have put together a list of frequently asked questions about generators that will help you care for and maintain your generator and give you some peace of mind in the process.
1. Is a portable generator for indoor and outdoor use?
NEVER use a portable generator indoors! It can lead to death in minutes. The exhaust produces carbon monoxide which is extremely deadly to humans.
2. Can I use my portable generator outside if it is raining or snowing?
It is never recommended to use a portable generator in wet conditions. This can lead to electrocution and will damage the generator, reducing its effectiveness.
3. What is an inverter generator and how is it different from a regular portable generator?
An inverter generator inverts DC power to AC power by the use of an electronic microprocessor. A regular generator converts DC to AC by using brushes to deliver the power to the rotor/stator so it can be converted. Invertors create a cleaner AC power output.
4. Can my generator light on fire or explode?
Yes. Gasoline it extremely flammable and is highly explosive in the right conditions. Always follow proper safety precautions when fueling, storing or moving gasoline or your generator.
5. What kind of cords should I use for my portable generator?
You can use power cords with your generator but make sure that they are in good shape. That means that they have the proper grounds and are not frayed or damaged in any way. Any cord that has exposed wire should be discarded.
6. Can I hook up my generator to my homes wiring system?
Never directly hook your portable generator to our home wiring system. This can cause all sorts of electrical issues with your wiring and is extremely dangerous.
7. At what intervals should I inspect my generator?
Your generator will have an owner’s manual with a maintenance schedule that should be followed to maintain the life of your generator. It is advisable to visually inspect the generator every time you are to use it as well.
8. How do I ground my generator and do I need to do it?
You can ground your generator by using a copper rod, spiking it into the ground and tying your rod to the frame of your generator with a copper wire. It is recommended that you do this if possible.
9. What type of gas should I use?
Regular unleaded 87 octane from a gas station
Higher octane fuels and rec fuel will require swapping to the proper NGK plug (spark plug) to prevent carbon build up from fuel fouling
10. How long will the generator run on a 20lb propane tank?
LPG burns at about 1 gal per hour at 50% load. So a 5 gallons (20L) Propane tank will last you 5-6 hours at 50% load for our bigger Hybrids Units.
For the Inverters, a 5 gals Propane Tank can last you up to 8 hours at 50% load.
11. Is there a break-in period?
Changing the oil after the first 25 hours of use is the only break in procedure we recommend
12. Is it possible to reduce the noise on my generator?
No, it is not possible to reduce the noise of your generator as we do not offer any compatible noise reduction kits.
13. Can I install an extended run fuel tank of fuel cap?
No, this is very dangerous as it makes your generator prone to leaks and fire. It will also void the warranty on your generator.
14. Can I use my generator 24/7?
We recommend running it for no longer than 14 hours with a 2-3 hour break in between.
The Answers You Need About Portable Generators
These FAQ’s and their answers should give you confidence in knowing what to do and what not to do when it comes to your portable generator.