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    How to Operate a Generator

    Published on 2 March 2020, Monday, 12:10 PM

    Whether you are camping, performing DIY tasks around the house or powering a large party or event, a generator is an important part of your equipment arsenal. No matter what size generator you require, there is an option for you.

    Generators come in a number of different sizes starting at small 2kva and 3kva units which are perfect for camping and DIY projects, larger trailer mounted generators from 20kva, 45kva and 60kva units, right through to 1250kva units, which are large enough to power whole suburbs.

    Choosing the right generator for your needs is based on the wattage output that you require. This is a crucial step as you need to know how many watts your equipment requires in order to choose the correct generator. If not, you run the risk of overloading your generator and causing damage as well as causing potential injury to yourself and others.

    Once you know how many watts your equipment needs all you need to do is total it up and multiply by two, as equipment often requires more power to start up. If you are not sure of how many watts you need you can use the voltage and amps to figure out the watts. Simply multiply your amp and voltage together to get the wattage for your piece of equipment.

    If you are still unsure of which generator is best suited to you, make sure you ask your local provider for help.

    Smaller units, the kind you use for camping, are extremely easy to use and don’t require much effort to get them running. An easy pull start is all you need. To do this all you need to do is ensure the fuel breather (found on the petrol cap) is open and the ignition switch is in the choke starter position. Then all you need to do is pull the cord, it’s as easy as that!

    The best part about these smaller units is the Eco Throttle, available on the 2kva - 6.5kva petrol generator models. The Eco Throttle allows the generator to output what power is required when required. It also helps with fuel usage and keeps noise levels down.

    If you do manage to run the generator out of fuel, it is simple to refuel the generator and get back to using your equipment. To refuel all you need to do is make sure the unit is completely off and the generator has cooled down. Once the generator is cool enough, remove the fuel cap off the top of the generator and use a jerry can to refill the petrol tank. Make sure you are careful to avoid spills and keep an old rag on hand to wipe up any petrol splashes. Once the tank is full all you need to do is put the petrol cap back on and make sure it is secure.

    Before you restart the generator make sure the fuel breather is open before you start operating again. It’s as simple as that! 

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