3 Major Types of Generators

The generator is an essential piece of machinery in the event of a power cut. They are very efficient at converting a fuel supply like gasoline, diesel or propane into a source of electrical power. The main types include standby, inverter and portable. Let's take a look at these popular types of generators:
Portable

A portable generator will accept a fuel supply of diesel or gas and makes a very practical option for a short-term loss of electrical power. This type of generator relies on a combustion engine to provide a reliable supply of energy. They are built to operate at 3600 RPM to provide the basic 60 Hz of current. A major benefit is the fact this type of generator is designed to be very easy to more from location to location. This means they are a useful option to locate at difficult to reach sites. However, they aren't built to deliver a source of power to the most energy demanding systems. A portable generator is a useful option for items like a refrigerator, freezer, television, or lights. Beyond the ability to give energy in times of a power cut, they can also help to power tools at a newly developed or remote location.
Inverter

The inverter generator relies on a combination of an alternator and engine to naturally generate AC power. Additionally, a rectifier is used when it is necessary to transfer the energy source from AC power to DC power. This is a very reliable option to produce a constant flow of energy to keep an appliance running. They are generally very energy-efficient with the ability to automatically adjust the speed of the engine to match the power needed for a particular object. Also, the lightweight and compact size of this type of generator makes it a practical choice for using on boats, recreational vehicles and cars.
Standby

The standby generator is designed to operate automatically and makes use of a transfer switch that activates in the event of a power loss to guarantee a permanent source of energy. Any potential power loss will be very brief and likely to last a matter of seconds before the generator's sensor senses the cut in power. Also, this generator gives great flexibility in use with the option to run on either natural gas or liquid propane. Once the main utility power has returned the generator will turn itself off. This generator is a common part of many safety systems, such as those used for life support equipment, standby lighting and elevators.
 

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