Backup Generators Defined
Just what are backup generators! Backup generators are standby generators that start automatically when your primary source of power quits. The primary electrical power source is your electrical power coming from your electric utility company like Edison or PG & E etc. A transfer switch senses the loss of power from the primary source, starts up the standby or backup generator and transfers the load to the standby generator. Backup generators serve a critical role of giving your homes or businesses continued power after a natural disaster or any other causes that put your utility power source out of action. The Best Of Backup Generators Review is written to help us all prepare for the unthinkable.
This necessity is more urgent in places that are prone to flooding, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, massive snow storms etc. Or if you simply want to have that peace of mind that you will have that dependable back up system whenever the need arises. Don’t forget that our electrical grid is also susceptible to down times that could be caused by hackers. In many third-world nations, power outages are the norm. Some folks predict that even super advanced nations like the United States of America could under certain circumstances suffer a catastrophic event that it will be utterly ruined in many places within a short period of time. Ever heard of the HUGE volcano boiling underground in Wyoming?
In this review we will cover two categories of backup generators. One is a built-in or stationary unit. The other is portable.
Stationary Versus Portable Backup Generators
Depending on your purpose for getting electrical backup power, there are two major types to choose from. I would call them the stationary and the portable backup generators. Stationary backup power is hardwired to your house or building. Portable units are movable and have the flexibility for you to move around to different locations as natural disasters may call for a need to move your dwelling place temporarily.
Portable units could be great companions to your RV’s or homes away from home! These units are ideal for additional power source to your on board RV generators. The disadvantage to the portable units would be having to carry around several extension cables or cords to supply different equipment on the go.
Stationary Backup Generators
1) Champion’s 14-kW Whole House Home Standby Generator. Available for purchase by clicking photo and link below.
The unit below is a stationary type backup generator. This could get piped in to run on either propane or natural gas. So there is no real need to ‘refuel’ as long as your source of natural gas or propane fuel remains intact. It is self-starting upon loss of primary power through a battery starting system. It uses a 24-volt starting system that operates in temperatures ranging from -22° F to 104° F with no warming kit necessary. At 14 kilowatts or 14,000 watts it is over-sized for a normal 3-5 bedroom house.
This model can easily support two homes with the average number of appliances. This will be ideal for larger homes with several air conditioned units and additional electrical appliances such as large refrigerators and freezers. This will be ideal for 24/7 big restaurants that intend to continue operating even during power outages in the area. Remember that feeding many dislocated families is one of the bigger challenges during natural disasters.
2) Champion 8.5-kW Home Standby Generator with 50-Amp Indoor-Rated Automatic Transfer Switch
This stationary type of backup generator is ideal for a standard 3-5 bedroom house. At 8.5kw it will support your central ac and heating. Natural gas fuel is a great option for this piped-in fuel system. As long as your natural gas source is not damaged you are guaranteed of not only gas for heating and cooking but also for fuel to your backup generator!
Portable Backup Generators
1) Champion 12,000-Watt Portable Generator with Electric Start and Lift Hook
The unit below is rated at 12KW or 12,000 Running Watts and will run up to 9 hours on a 10.9 gallon tank of fuel. This particular unit uses gasoline. This will easily support a 5 bedroom house with a central air, large refrigerators and freezers, electric stoves. You will need an electrician to build you a plug that will connect and disconnect this from your main panel at home or else you may use several electrical extension cords.
Unlike the stationary units, this portable unit does not have an automatic starting system although that can be added by qualified electricians if desired. Batteries are included for manual starts.
2) Champion 7.5KW/7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start.
This model is a great favorite for its ability to switch to two different fuels. It runs on either gasoline or propane using a fuel selector switch. It uses the same propane fuel that we use in barbecue grills. Operates at 9375 starting watts and 7500 running watts on gasoline and 8400 starting watts and 6750 running watts on propane. It uses Trust Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent overloads.
Manual starting system is with the aid of starting battery which comes with the unit. There is no provision for automatic start. This will easily support a 3-5 bedroom home with the average number of appliances including one central air and heat.
The Best Of Both Worlds!
My choice and dream? To have both types of systems at my High Desert location including an RV ready to roll when the need arises to change dwelling locations for any reasons at all. The RV and portable generator will be a great combination on outings anyway and we do not need to wait for natural disasters to put them into great productive use! And hey it does not cost a dime to dream!
I now have the dual-fuel generator featured above standing by and ready to roll in an all-concrete house somewhere in the Rock In The Tropics. It is just a matter of time before the next Super Typhoon hits the Rock. When it does there are not much left standing. It takes months to restore power.
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