Home-owners who want to maintain the power running in their residential places even when the grid utility power fails may opt to buy a gasoline powered portable generator rather than installing a more costly permanent backup system. Being movable, portable generators are the best choice for powering isolated job sites and homes where grid power is not reliable. Portable generators are not just for emergencies. Gasoline powered generators are reliable machines that can be used daily to provide entertainment while camping or power tools on a construction site. They can be moved to wherever you need power.
While there’re other portable generators fuelled by liquid propane, geothermal, the wind, bio-fuels, solar and other fuels, gasoline-powered generators are the most commonly available portable generators. These generators are designed for intermittent use and are easy to operate. Unlike stationary generators that require costly installation, planning and rewiring, these generators are pocket-friendly and have a long shelf life.
A small gasoline powered generator of at least 4000 watts can provide power for lights, power tools, hair dryers, small kitchen appliances, TVs and other comforts. A safer system is to have a skilled electrician put up a power transfer switch and connect it to the home’s main electrical panel. Just power on the generator, run one extension cord into the transfer switch, then switch on the circuits you require through the main circuit breaker.
Gasoline powered generators are full-featured machines with 120 Volt full power switch, GFCI receptacles, and engine idle control. They can be used on construction sites that lack electrical service to provide clean and reliable energy to operate paint sprayers, heaters, air compressors, air tools, drills, saws, and other AC-powered tools.
A majority of the gasoline powered portable generator are always equipped with low oil power off to keep the engine protected. They are also fitted with a noise-reduced spark arrest muffler that reduces the noise of the engine. The easy-access control panel features four 20-Amp 120-Volt standard outlets. A voltmeter functions to monitor power output. These generators can run continuously for up to nine hours at 50 percent load.
Most portable generators do have a cast iron sleeve. A cast iron sleeve is a liner fitted in the interior of the cylinder in most engines that reduces wear making the motor last longer. The additional cost of a generator with a cast iron sleeve is insignificant and well worth it, especially if you expect to run your engine for long periods of time. Some of these generators also have an electric start that enables easy starting of the engine with no need to pull the starter rope.
Gasoline powered portable generator has a full power switch. The switch allows the user to power off the 240 Volt output to acquire more 120 Volt power from the engine. It is of great use for powering 120 electric motors on water pumps and air compressors. An hour meter maintains a record of the length of time the engine has run. The feature is helpful in oil change scheduling.
Many portable generators have a portability kit that includes handles and wheels for moving the generator around. Some still have a large fuel tank of five gallons or larger and can typically run for seven to ten hours on a single fill, useful in the provision of backup power during power failures.
Natural disasters can occur anywhere and at the least expected time. A gasoline powered portable generator is a great foundation of any emergency preparedness kit, an important tool at a construction site, and a reliable source of power that provides the comforts of home while camping.