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Handy & Portable

There are many cases when grid is not available and you may need electric power: during blackouts, on camping trips or on a job site. Portable generators are intended to temporarily provide electricity by burning fossil-based fuels. Let's take a closer look at these devices and find out how they work. A typical model contains the following primary components assembled together onto a metal frame in a single unit: internal combustion engine, alternator (electric generator itself), starter, control devices, control panel with outlets, protective devices, and a fuel tank. The engine burns the fuel and drives a shaft that spins an electromagnet inside a coil. Such a system is often referred to as engine-generator set or genset.Unlike standby systems, portables normally are not permanently installed and can be easily moved from place to place.Here is how you use it. Before you start a portable generator you need to add fuel or connect it to a fuel line. Before the first use you also need to add engine oil and then periodically check its level. After you start the engine it has to warm up for about five minutes. Then you can run a generator cord through an open window or door and plug in your electrical loads one at a time. If you want to energize your house wiring you need to install a manual transfer panel or an interlock and wire it to selected circuits in your home- see a conceptual diagram

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