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The World Of Portable Generators

Since they first appeared in the 1830s portable generators have grown steadily both in availability and affordability. And that growth has been fueled by all kinds of buyers who have either been unable for a variety of reasons to depend on flawless grid power or who have just made the choice to live off-grid. Portable […]
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Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) – Power Equipment

Total harmonic distortion can be a complex and confusing concept to get your head round. Depending on your generation, some of you may have heard a reference to THD as a measure of the quality of high fidelity (HIFI) audio equipment, but not so much on its impacts elsewhere. Here we outline our very basic […]
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Noise Levels

Noise Levels and Its Effects On Us Perhaps for many people the term decibel doesn’t mean a lot. So for starters let’s take a look at a few dictionary definitions. The Cambridge English dictionary defines it as “a unit for measuring the loudness of sound”, while the Collins dictionary describes it as “a unit of measurement […]
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Single or Dual Fuel Generators – Your Choice

The Difference Between Dual Fuel and Single Fuel Generators Simply put, one works with just one fuel (gasoline) and the other with two fuels (gasoline and propane). On some dual fuel models, you can switch fuels on the fly. But don’t think for a moment that a dual fuel generator can work with both fuel […]
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Portable Generator Wheel kits – Good or Bad?

How hard is it to move a Portable Generator? That depends on which generator you are referring to. Portable generators come in all shapes and sizes. Some, especially the so-called closed frame inverters, are small and relatively light and are popular among recreational users. But others, in particular the open frame powerful variants, are a […]

Portable Generators – Where Are They Made?

Where are Portable Generators Made? While the focus of this post is where portable generators are made, it remains a subject of a much wider context, which we will touch upon briefly here. But first… It’s an Open Secret When the box containing your portable generator arrives at your door it will probably have some […]

Portable Generator Warranties in the USA

Introduction to Portable Generator Warranties in the US The information we provide here relates to the brands we cover and is for information purposes only. It is your responsibility to inform yourself about the specific terms and conditions related to any product you are thinking about buying. That said, we hope the following will give […]
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Weather Patterns and the Hurricane Season 2023

General Hurricane and Weather Outlook in 2022 Hurricane forecasters are predicting another active hurricane season in 2022, with Colorado State University saying there is about a 65% chance of above-average activity though it looks to be slightly lower than 2021. Although nothing can be certain when talking about the weather, the temperature of the waters […]

Portable Generators: Operation at Altitude

Operating a Portable Generator at Altitude Voluntary Standards on Safety and Performance of Portable Generators Did you know that the safety and performance of portable generators with outputs of up to a maximum of 15000 watts (15Kw) is voluntarily governed by a standard published by the Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA)? If not, know that […]

The Dangers of Owning a Portable Generator

Portable Generators can be a Lifesaver but they can also be a Killer Few would disagree that portable generators are more than just a useful invention. Huge numbers of people have come to depend on them, be it because of severe weather, power outages, or other kinds of emergency. And for some people with medical […]
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Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous to the Human Body? When a human being inhales this colorless and odorless gas, it hijacks critical oxygen molecules contained in the bloodstream’s haemoglobin, which in turn deprives the heart and brain of the vital oxygen it needs and without which serious damage, and even death, can occur. Even a […]

Portable Generators – Choosing and Connecting

Can a portable generator power a home? While they cannot really be compared with a “standby” generator, like this one made by Generac, they can go a long way to keeping your power on during any kind of incident in which the grid power goes down. But this question is often asked by lots of […]

Portable Generators: Why Are They So Noisy?

Portable Generators – Why are they so Noisy? It’s an interesting question. Engines don’t need to be noisy. Just listen to your automobile. How quietly the engine runs is often one of the most emphasized selling points of any auto salesperson. The only time you hear a loud noise coming from an automobile is usually […]
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Batteries and the Future of Energy Capture

How battery technology changed over the years: A history in a nutshell Most people in the United States will have heard of Benjamin Franklin as a Founding Father and one of those who drafted and signed the United States Declaration of Independence. His face in on 10 billion or more US$100 notes currently in circulation […]

Manufacturers of portable generators

US Manufacturers of Portable Generators It’s been quite an interesting time researching some of the largest US generator manufacturers. They range from privately owned businesses to at least one (Generac) which is quoted on the New York Stock Exchange. Generac (see below) provides a wealth of information about its business. Other companies have less information, […]
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Portable Power Station Models

Portable Power Stations – Overview Portable power stations perform a similar function to portable generators to the extent that they both provide you with a means of access to electric power on the move or when for whatever reason you have no access to the grid. UPDATE: Though nothing is yet certain as of 24 […]

Maintaining a Portable Generator

Why you should maintain your portable generator First of all, portable generators are expensive pieces of kit and owners will want to do all they can to ensure the longest useful life as possible. Keeping them clean after each use is an essential first step. However, working against owners is the fact that most portable […]
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Fire Classes and Fire Suppression

Fire: The Complexity and Danger Fire, also commonly known as combustion, might seem at first glance to be a simple subject, but it really isn’t. Daily, we harness and control fire and combustion in many ingenious ways, for example, to power our various means of transport, keep the lights on, or smelt steel among countless […]
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Electrical Extensions

What You Need to Know to Use Electrical Extension Cords safely At one time or another we all may have to use extension cords, be it in the home or when away, for example camping. For most of us this has never presented a problem other than perhaps the occasional need for an adapter if […]
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Fuel Stabilizers – All You Need to Know

Fuel Stabilizers (Gasoline) – Introduction Here we aim to give you in a simple and concise way: And, finally, offer you a selection of what looks to be some of the best fuel stabilizers out there according to the people who have used them. What is Gasoline? Gasoline is just one of the products refined […]

Smoke, Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for the Home

What types of Smoke, Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarms are available? There is a fairly large variety of fire and smoke alarms on the market, with different technologies and prices. Whereas they may be a legal requirement for landlords and businesses they, as well as fire suppression devices, are unfortunately often overlooked by homeowners. This […]