Sep 222014

portable-generatorIf you are using heavy duty equipment in the form of power drills, or outdoor lighting for events, then you will need to use a generator to give you the level of power that you need. Plugging high performance equipment into mains electricity will overload your power and possibly blow your electrics.

If you are using a generator then how best to use it will largely depend on the type of generator you use and what you are using it for. However, all electric generators do have a few things in common and so today we are going to go through some hints and tips on how to use a generator.

1.) Pick the right generator

If you are using a generator for your electric equipment the first thing you will need to do is make sure that you have selected the right generator for the job. The right generator will have the required level of output (in terms of electrical power that you need).

If the generator you use is not powerful enough, you will have wasted a great deal of time and money on something that is not powering your machinery, and if you choose a generator that is too powerful, then you will waste money to feul a generator that you really don’t need. Therefore, make sure that the generator you use is best suited to the job you need it for.

2.) Dedicated an outside space for your generator

electric generator

Generators tend to run on fossil feuls (diesel or petrol) and as a result they will kick out a lot of waste in the form of smoke and fumes. These fumes contain carbon monoxide which is very dangerous, and so do your best to keep the generator as far away from your home and windows as possible and keep any areas that it is close to well ventilated .

3.) Use the right fuel

Generators will run on different fuel types. You can engine run generators which will run on petrol or diesel, eco generators and solar generators. Each type of generator will have different fuelling requirements, so check with the manufacturer or supplier what type of fuel your generator needs. Most generators will have a reserve tank, but in case yours doesn’t, keeping spare fuel around is a good idea so as not to interrupt the performance of any machinery that you are running off your generator.

4.) Use heavy duty external grounded electrical cords and extensions

heavy duty external grounded electrical cordsYour generator is going to supply your machinery with a LOT of power, and so you need as many safety features between the source of that energy and you as possible, to protect you in the event that something does go wrong in the form of a blown fuse, or a short circuit or power overload.

For that reason, even if you are using the tools powered by the generator indoors: use earthed, heavy duty extension cords which you can then plug in again inside to keep your power under control and to keep you as safe as possible whilst you work.


Ben writes about renovations for a dehumidifier hire company and makes full use of generators when renovating at home.

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