There are several aspects that need to be considered when purchasing a new generator. You need to first establish what the unit will power. You may be looking for a generator for your business or factory. Running or rated watts are the continuous watts required to keep the items running. Starting watts are extra watts needed for a few seconds to start motor driven items like refrigerators or heavy-duty machinery. Choose all the items you need to power and list the running and starting watt requirement for each item. Add them together to get the power output you will need.
Choose the right generator
The following features should be considered when choosing the right generator:
- Run time – Find a generator with a long run time. If the run time is long you will be able to refuel before going to sleep and the generator will run through the night without a further refuel.
- Outlets – Make sure the generator has the right outlets for the machinery it will power.
- Portability – This can be a problem as generators are usually very heavy. Wheels and handles are normally fitted to portable generators to make them easier to move.
- Extension cords – You will need an extension cord that can handle the amount of power going through it. A lightweight extension cord will heat up quickly and may not have enough plug points for all the units you wish to power.
- Size – The general rule of thumb is 5kW to 50kW for personal or home use and 50kW to over 3 Megawatts for industrial use. This is a rough measure and should be carefully worked out before a generator is purchased.
Problems with generator selection
The biggest problem with generator selection is size. Most people underestimate the power needed for their requirements. It is far better to buy a unit that has slightly more power than you think you will ever need. Damage can be caused to items running off the generator if the power requirements are not adequate. Contact Generator Parts for assistance in acquiring the right generator for you.