4 Things You Should Know About Portable Generators

4 Things You Should Know About Portable Generators | Phyxter Home Services

Portable Generators are the new power source on the block. With so many different power sources today, it’s hard to choose the right one. They’re more efficient, cleaner, and more economical than your average generator while still supplying you with all the power you need to get through an emergency.

Find out how it works!

1. Determining The Best Oil

Not all oil is created equal, and neither are all generators. Before you even start your generator make sure it has the proper type of oil inside. The different types of oil can either be used for gasoline or diesel-powered generators.

Make sure to check your owner’s manual before using a generator with the wrong kind of oil! The oil needs to be changed every two to three hours, so if you’re using the generator for an extended period it might take a while.

You can check out this link to see what oils there are for portable generators and what the best options are. There are also universal oils that can be used for both gasoline and diesel generators.

2. Generator Fuel Consumption

The fuel consumption of your portable generator depends on many factors that are listed below. However, one factor that is almost completely in your control is how efficient your generator works!

There are two things you can do to make your generator more efficient:

Stretch Out The Run Time

Stretch out the run time of your generator by powering only the things you need when it’s required most. This includes running lights or appliances during off-peak hours (at night) and opening appliances such as A/C units during times that electricity is in high demand (when it’s hot).

Don’t Start and Stop The Generator Regularly

This all has to do with heat! You want your generator to be as cool as possible when you need it most, so don’t fire it up and shut it back down constantly.

If you need to reuse power from a portable generator, look into getting inverter generators that can be turned on and off without creating too much heat. These tend to be more expensive, but they are definitely worth the purchase.

Generator Noise Pollution

Whether you’re using your generator during an emergency or just outside in your backyard for a barbecue, it’s important to know how noisy your portable generator is. While generators can last for hours without stopping, they do create a lot of noise pollution while running.

You don’t want to be using your generator during an emergency if there is any sensitive equipment nearby!

3. Eco-Friendliness

Since generators are so much cleaner than they used to be, it’s not uncommon for people to forget that they’re supposed to still consider their environmental impact. This is especially true during an emergency since your power source isn’t working.

There aren’t many forms of pollution that come from a portable generator, but one of them is exhaust. Install a carbon monoxide detector nearby your generator to make sure there’s no risk of toxic fumes ruining the party!

It’s important to understand the basics of how portable generators work before diving into all of their benefits. If you do use them in a car, portable generators are economical because they only use the gas that you put in your car when they’re running.

The eco-friendly part comes in when you compare central power with the generator. The average generator doesn’t have any eco-friendly qualities at all, while a portable power generator is much cleaner and more efficient than a central power source.

The Main Eco-Friendly Benefits

Portable generators are quiet, reliable power sources that you can take with you anywhere. They’re small enough to fit in the trunk and strong enough to supply all the power you need for camping trips or emergency outages.

These generators don’t require any additional gas to function – they only use what’s already in your tank. Some people even use their generators to run power tools and appliances inside their homes during outages. Once your car is turned off, the portable generator will power down too.

They won’t produce any noise or exhaust while they’re not in use, so you can go back to using your car normally once the power comes back on. You don’t have to worry about running out of fuel or maintaining it as you do with a gas generator.

Portable generators are better for the environment than their traditional counterparts. While they still produce noise pollution, it’s much less than what you would get from a gas generator or central power source.

4. The Maintenance

While portable generators are much cleaner and efficient than other products on the market, there is one downside – they require maintenance. You can purchase portable generators that don’t require any additional upkeep, but they’re generally more expensive and won’t last as long.

The batteries in these types of generators will need to be replaced every four years or so, and you’ll need to change the oil in your generator periodically too. If you only use your portable generator for emergencies, this shouldn’t be a problem!

How they work

Portable generators use a process called alternator modulation to create power with your engine. Your car battery acts as a small transmitter that collects the generated power and sends it back to you in the form of electricity.

A regular generator can be hard on your car’s engine, which is why portable generators are so much better! These generators send a small signal to your battery that won’t drain it in the same way a larger generator might.

Inertia And Overload Protection

There is a key difference between portable generators and conventional power sources, such as the ones in your home or car. Portable generators don’t have an established energy path to follow, so they use different technology to maintain their equilibrium.

That technology is what you might call inertia and overload protection. Without these two things stopping the generator, the system would be thrown off balance by constant switching on and off. It would also work too hard to keep producing power, resulting in accelerated wear and tear of the generator itself.

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It’s easy to take advantage of the eco-friendly benefits offered by portable generators, but you need to understand how they work first! You can consult this guide for more information about how your portable generator can help make all of your appliances run when there’s a power outage. Or give Phyxter Electrical Services a call to learn more.

Russell Jones

VP of Operations @ Phyxter and Home Improvement Specialist

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