You should know that. Oh they dont teach that at scab school do they. Yes is the answer in short
1. What do I need to know about portable generators?
Voltage is electrical pressure, like pressure in a water pipe. AAmps is the amount of electricl flow in the conductor...wire...Ohms is the resistance to flow of current in the wire. .. Watts is the amont of power required to operate a particular circuit...like a toaster, stove etc...Circuit breakers are designed to kick out when the current flow through them is higher than they are rated for.....like a fuse blowing...If buying a generator get one with a higher amp or wattage rating than the load will be on it, total load. ....Add the wattage of all the electricl load on the total circuit and use this as your guide to purchasing a gen...Check with store selling gen for more info, re hook up etc.Always shut off main power switch before working on any circuit.
2. Do portable generators take less gas when the load is a lot lower?
Basically, generators only have one speed since they run at a constant rpm. However, as power consumption increases the load on the engine increases and more fuel is consumed in maintaining that rpm. So a generator will use less fuel at 1/4 load than 1/2 load.
3. Do all portable generators run on gas??
they could run on batteries or natural gas, other than that no i dont think so lol =P
4. Why Own a Generator?
A permanently installed automatic standby generator provides backup power protection and peace of mind for your family or business during a power outage. A standby generator runs on liquid propane or natural gas, and just like your central air conditioner, works automatically when you need it and shuts off when you do not . There's no need to manually fuel or start a standby generator, and you can eliminate the need for extension cords that portable generators require. Sizes are available to back up essential circuits only or to provide complete coverage for large homes and businesses. Around the home, a standby generator can create enough power for nearly all of your needs - heating or cooling, lighting and cooking - at the same time. For more information on standby generators, see our Standby Generator Buying Guide.
5. Help me understand portable generators and oil heat?
Number 2 heating oil and diesel are the equal animal, however do not tell the tax man since disel is taxed. That's why the colour is brought so the tax man can inform if your jogging your significant rig on much less expensive heating oil
6. Is it safe to buy the movie lights with a different voltage?
Most homes and businesses in Canada have 220V 2-phase laid on for dryer outlets etc. Most professional movie companies seem to use portable generators. Depending on just how many of these you are using, it may not be so stupid. Check if you have a 220V supply. But no, if you want to just plug them into a regular home 15A 110V outlet, they wo not work without a step-up transformer (which Canadian Tire sells for about $60 for a 5A unit)
7. what are the top brands on portable generators, i heard about generac portable generators.?
while generac was acquired by briggs and stratton, they have more or less kept the same product line. i have given you a review, see if you like it. Operation: Quite simple to operate. Easy to fill. If you accidentally spill a little fuel it does not end up over the control panel or the muffler. Has an hour meter which is very handy. options for Comes with 25-foot extension cord for the 30 Amp circuit. PORTABILITY: Heavy but easy to roll and maneuver. One person can easily lift one side to maneuver over a curb. Easy to assemble. All you have to do is add the wheels, add oil, add fuel. The fold-down handles are VERY solid and just a really nice feature. NOISE:You are not going to have long conversations around it but it's supposed to be. FUEL EFFICIENCY: Customers are known to run a 1,500 watt heater, a TV/satellite receiver, two notebook computers, a wireless Ethernet router, a satellite modem, a 300 watt light, a 150 watt light, a 250 watt infrared lamp, a livestock heated water bucket and a heated water dish and heated blanket for the barn cat and large GE fridge all together without any issues.