A Look at Some Important Aspects of Standby Generators
Portable generators offer temporary power when you need electrical power for a short period of time. This can be anything from a single fuse in a light bulb to the battery of a car. They generally run on gasoline, propane, or diesel and usually have two electric outlets. These generators are usually mounted on a flatbed truck and then hooked up to an extension cord that plugs into the wall outlet. A small gasoline engine is used to power the generator. In some applications, a gasoline powered generator may be less expensive than an electric generator.
There are two basic types of portable generators. One is a portable oil/gas generator which is used to provide back-up power when the main power goes out. These are generally larger than household generators and are not meant to be moved around. The other is a portable diesel/propane generator. These generators are specifically designed for easy portability and are much smaller than oil/gas generators.
When a portable generator powers up, it turns on the engine and starts up the compressor. Compression is a method that draws fuel into the engine to increase its power. Once the compressor has begun to work, it pulls more fuel into the engine and runs it until it runs out of fuel. It uses this fuel in order to power electrical devices such as lights, televisions, personal electronics, and even hospitals. Most portable generators also include a back-up battery. These batteries are basically used as back-ups for electricity during power outages.
A portable generator has several major parts. First, there is the actual mechanical energy storage tank, which stores mechanical energy during a power outage. There is an electric generator that is connected to the storage tank through a pull cord and a transfer switch. The generator actually provides the mechanical energy to move the pull cord and transfer switch.
Next, there are extension cords that are attached to the various appliances that need electricity and energy. These extension cords usually have an output rating of 120 volts AC typically, although some portable generators are able to run at higher voltages (up to 400 volts AC). This higher number of volts of AC means that you will be able to power more heavy duty appliances, and some of them may use as much as three to four times as much electricity as typical small appliances.
A third important part of the portable generator is the burner. Burners are the most popular part of a portable generator due to their simple design: just a long metal rod with a fuel/oxygen tank placed in the center. In older designs, burners had no exhaust system, but modern portable generators have exhaust systems that remove all of the exhaust gases. They are also designed so that only a single pilot light is needed to power any appliance. The pilot light simply ignites the fuel and turns the engine on.
And of course, the last important part of a portable generator is the main unit itself. Main units are housed in sturdy, steel buildings and are designed for simple support. All of the essential components are carefully engineered for durability to withstand any natural disaster or power outage. For example, an air tank is installed so that it can hold a steady amount of oxygen for those people who rely on oxygen for health purposes. An emergency lighting system is installed so that the power going out in the dark can be easily detected and turned off. And, if carbon monoxide were to enter the generator, a carbon monoxide detector would kick-in and shut down the generator in order to prevent any possible danger from the poisonous gas.
As you can see, there are a lot of parts of a portable generator that are very important to the overall operation of a standby generator. It is important to take care of these components and maintain them properly in order to ensure that your generator will work when you need it most. There are also several other parts that are only necessary in some backup power situations, but which can provide a great deal of convenience for home and business owners as well. If you use a portable generator for your entire home or business, you may want to consider purchasing a standby generator rather than a portable one. Both types offer reliable operation and convenience for even the busiest of people.