Section Eight Power Solutions – The Tiny Generator System

scorp-section-eight-logoThe Pros and Cons of a fossil fuel generator Part II

Every generator lists two capacity ratings. The first is “rated” or “continuous” watts. That’s the maximum power the generator will put out on an extended basis. And it’s the only rating you should rely on when buying a generator. The higher “maximum” or “starting” rating refers to how much extra power the generator can put out for a few seconds when an electric motor—like the one in your fridge or furnace—starts up. If you buy a generator based on the higher rating and think you can run it at that level, your thinking is flawed. It will work for a little while. But by the end of the day, your new generator will be a molten mass of scrap metal, and you’ll be out shopping for a replacement. Already I have observed that spare parts, even if your generator can be fixed, are as rare as hens teeth.
Most new generators need their first oil change after just 25 hours. Beyond that, you’ll have to dump the old stuff and refill every 50 or 60 hours. Running around town searching for the right oil and filter is the last thing you want to be doing right after a big storm. Apart from that the ecologist in me is VERY worried about all this used oil. I know that most people will either dump it in the hidden corner of their backyard and even more will just pour it down the drain!

Some generators, especially low-cost models, can be damaged by running out of fuel. They keep putting out power while coming to a stop, and the electrical load in your house drains the magnetic field from the generator coils. When you restart, the generator will run fine, but it won’t generate power. You’ll have to haul it into a repair shop, and have to pay to reenergize the generator coils. As the people that do repairs are already busy, do not count on getting your generator back in a hurry.

With Section Eight’s Tiny Generator System a lot of these problems, while not going away, will be minimalized. Hell the Tiny Generator is cheap enough to allow you to buy a spare if you wish. The cost you save on fuel alone allows you to upgrade the make of generator from a cheap one that speaks Chinese to a more expensive Japanese or German speaking model.

Do not take my word on any of this, please do a little research yourself. :}


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