Portable Generator FAQ

Q: What is the difference between an Inverter and a Portable Generator?

A: Portable generators create D/C voltage via the voltage regulator and engine. D/C is delivered to the rotor/stator via the use of brushes and the rotor/stator converts the D/C to A/C. Inverter generators change from D/C to A/C using an electronic microprocessor. No brushes, rotor or stator is used. This helps produce a cleaner A/C output and usually allows Inverter generators to be quieter than portable generators.

Q: Can I use my Portable Generator indoors?

A: Using a generator indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES. Exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a deadly poisonous gas you cannot see or smell. NEVER run a generator indoors or in partly enclosed areas such as garages. ONLY use generators outdoors and away from windows, doors, vents, crawl spaces and in an area where adequate ventilation is available and will not accumulate deadly exhaust gas. Using a fan or opening doors and windows will not provide sufficient ventilation. It is recommended that you install battery operated Carbon Monoxide alarms/detectors indoors according to manufacturer’s instructions / recommendations.

Q: Can a Portable Generator burn me or explode?

A: YES! Gasoline is extremely flammable and explosive. If tank is over-filled, fuel can overflow onto a hot engine and cause fire or explosion. Do not overfill the fuel tank. Always allow room for fuel expansion. Never add fuel while unit is running or hot. Allow generator and engine to cool entirely before adding fuel. Do not smoke near fuel or generator. Many generator parts are hot enough to burn you during operation and while the generator is cooling after turning off. Avoid coming into contact with a hot generator.

Q: Does my Portable Generator need to be grounded?

A: The generator must be properly grounded. If the generator is not grounded, you run the risk of electrocution. We strongly recommend that you check and adhere to all applicable federal, state and local regulations relating to grounding.

Q: Can I operate my Portable Generator when it is raining or snowing?

A: No, do not operate the generator in wet conditions such as rain or snow. You can be electrocuted and/or damage the unit.

Q: Can I plug my Portable Generator into my household wiring?

A: Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring can 'back feed' onto the power lines when utility power is restored to your home and injure neighbors or utility workers.

Q: Why is it important to not overload my Portable Generator?

A: Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Do not overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.

Q: What are the proper cords I should use for my Portable Generator?

A: Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load. Overloaded cords can cause fires or equipment damage. Do not use extension cords with exposed wires or worn shielding.

Q: How much space should I allow while operating my Portable Generator?

A: Allow at least five feet of clearance on all sides of the generator when operating.

Q: Where should I operate my Portable Generator?

A: Operate the generator only on level surfaces and where it will not be exposed to excessive moisture, dirt, dust or corrosive vapors. Always keep the generator away from children.

Q: How often should I inspect my Portable Generator?

A: Inspect the generator regularly and contact the nearest authorized dealer for parts needing repair or replacement.

Q: When should I disconnect the spark plug from my Portable Generator?

A: Always disconnect the spark plug wire and place the wire where it cannot contact the spark plug to prevent accidental starting when setting up, transporting, adjusting or making repairs to the generator.