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Industrial Generators for Business Preparedness Planning

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 27, 2017
South Shore Generator - Generac MPS

Generators are an integral part of the preparedness planning process for businesses of every size and can greatly reduce business disruption when normal power is interrupted.

Power outages resulting from unpredictable weather, man-made or natural disasters, or site-specific events can disrupt your business operations. Below is segments of a comprehensive disaster planning tool to assist you in reducing the potential for loss and recovering quickly should a disaster strike, no matter what the cause. One important consideration as you develop your business continuity plan is the purchase, operation and maintenance of a generator. This fall-back tool enables you to continue operating some or all of your electronic equipment and lights and minimize business interruptions. This article will provide basic information about generators; however it is not intended to be a comprehensive guide for using generators. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for complete information. Generators are an integral part of the preparedness planning process for businesses of every size and can greatly reduce business disruption when normal power is interrupted. At the same time, using a generator poses certain risks that must be addressed for safe operation, including fire, damage to electrical equipment, and even injury or death to those operating the generator or working in the building where it is being used. Proper ventilation is a critical element for reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator’s engine exhaust.

In addition to safety concerns, proper maintenance is critical to avoid the failure of a generator when it’s needed most. The time to maintain a generator is well before a major storm or disaster strikes; when professional assistance may be unavailable, power lines are down, and access roads are blocked. To gain the greatest business continuity benefits, while minimizing associated risks, it’s important to purchase a generator that is properly designed and sized for your business needs. Once purchased and properly installed, put procedures in place to ensure regular maintenance and that all safe operating practices are followed. Business and building owners should always operate and maintain generators in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Choosing a generator and related supplies

Before purchasing an electrical power generator, consider what electrical equipment that must be operable when normal power is interrupted. Other considerations include:

  • How often does the business lose power and for how long?
  • What are the most likely sources of power outages?

OFB-EZ will help you to identify the events that could interrupt business operations. These factors will help to determine the size and type of generator to buy.

One threshold question facing the business owner is whether to purchase a portable or back-up generator, or to choose a permanent or stand-by generator. A portable generator is a relatively small machine, which is usually rated no higher than 15 kilowatts and 240 volts, and is intended to be moved and activated for temporary use at a location where utility-supplied electric power is not available. A standby generator, in contrast, is a back-up electrical system that is permanently installed and may operate automatically through the use of a transfer switch, which senses a power loss, commands the generator to start, and then transfers the selected electrical load to the generator.

In the next post we’ll discuss portable and permanent industrial generators. For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: disastersafety.org

Best Portable Generator for Camping

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Generac Gas Generator

You should go camping to escape the noise and confusion of the city. However, you need to prepare in advance to ensure that your camping trip is a success. One of the vital items in your camping kit should be one of the best portable generators for camping. The most invaluable attribute that the best camping generator should have is super quiet operation. You will not want to deal with a generator that will constantly interfere with your sleep. You should engage a gen-set that is a boon to camping, one that will provide you with a moderate amount of electricity where power is not otherwise available.

How Do You Choose the Best Portable Generators for Camping?

First you have to decide what you need the portable generator for, while camping. Do you plan to use it strictly to power your recreational jaunts, or your camping sensitive appliances? Power a portable drill at a remote campsite you are developing? Well, making the wrong choice could potentially cost you. Small portable generators are ideal for charging your 12-volt car battery or for running a small TV, radio, or lights. Each of the best portable camping gen-sets is suitable for running lights and a few appliances as mentioned above away from conventional sources of power.

Consider the Best Portable Inverter Generators

The best approach to cutting noise is to purchase the best portable inverter generators. These gen-sets combine the functionality of a portable generator and the clean power output. These hybrids portable generators are known to generate AC voltage, which is then converted to DC, and then reconverted back to AC voltage by an onboard voltage inverter. The portable inverter generators are excellent choices for camping, since you will be using power sensitive electronics.

Checklist for Selecting the Best Portable Inverter Generator

The generator should be large enough to cover all your camping requirements, especially in terms of wattage; while considering this, you should also keep in mind that an extremely small gen-set may damage your equipment, and one that is too large for your appliances may waste money. The fuel type should be acceptable and the voltage should be correct for your camping equipment. The generator must be safe to use at your campsite, and it should meet all the legal requirements for your camping location.

The Best Portable Inverter Generator Features to Look For

The best portable inverter generator for camping should be made of compact and lightweight design, allowing you to carry as well as position it conveniently. The best inverter generators are those that can run your sensitive appliances safely, including built-in microcomputer electronic devices. They should be integrated with super quiet mufflers for silent operation. The mufflers should conveniently emit a noise level that ranges between 50 dBA and 60 dBA. This noise level range will provide you with whisper quiet operation, which will not interfere with your night sleep.

The gen-set (s) should be made of smart technology for maximum fuel efficiency. Portable inverter generators with smart technology are specially energy efficient. They can run for considerable number of hours with respect to their fuel tank capacity without refueling, especially when in economy mode. The inverter gen-set you choose should be user friendly. The best portable inverter generators that are user friendly are ultra-portable and consist of an easy-to-carry design. Furthermore, they should have a centralized control panel that can easily be accessed at the push of a button.

Conclusion

One of the main reasons why inverter portable generators are convenient for camping is the fact that they pose no threats to your sensitive appliances, including a tablet, a mobile phone, and a laptop among other equipment. They are the best portable generators for camping since they use noise reduction technologies.

These generators also feature auto-idle technology meant for fuel efficiency as well as quieter operation. They normally adjust as you plug in or remove appliances. However, this should not limit your choices. You can opt to go for the normal portable generators if you are not too sensitive to specific features and specs.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: southernboating.com

Add a Portable Generator to Your Boat and Expand Your Boating Options

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 16, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Marine Generator

When mariners gather for a discussion about all things boating, a topic that often comes up relates to generators. The generator discussion usually reveals some level of confusion among participants. Some are confused about how powerful their generators should be for their type of boating. Others have concerns about noise and fuel consumption, while still others are concerned about pollution. All of these concerns are legitimate.

Like any other piece of boating equipment, the choice of size and type of generator depends on how it is to be used. If the plan is to take it to the beach to provide power for a sound system or to keep the drinks cold, any number of small, portable gasoline units weighing as little as 50 pounds are available. There are many well-built players in the marine generator market. Research—an indispensable boating skill—will help locate and price these units in any skipper’s local area. Many of these small units are as quiet as the inside of a library—about 60 decibels—and they are so light and small they can easily be carried on all but the smallest boats. Many small boats have them on board as a safety item to provide emergency battery charging, since almost all of them are capable of producing direct current (DC).

If the generator is going to be used to power tools that are part of a vessel’s repair or maintenance system—such as a welding machine on a metal boat—the smaller portable units will generally not do the job. Any generator with an output of at least 5kW will be required if it is to be used as part of the repair and maintenance system of the boat, and it will not produce enough power to run all repair tools at the same time. However, it is perfectly adequate if the person doing the repairs is prepared to use one, or at the most, two power tools at the same time.

A generator of 12.5kW will produce the same power as is usually found in a small land-based home or condo and will generally enable all normal and regular electrical equipment to be operated at once. Larger boats, particularly those equipped with multiple chillers for air conditioning, or electric stoves, ovens, and refrigeration, should be looking at generators capable of producing 15-20kW.

In the past, smaller boats in the 25 to 30-foot range were simply not big enough to be able to carry the weight of an onboard built-in generator system. Similarly, gasoline-powered boats could not have onboard generators due to safety concerns because of gas fumes. However, in recent years a number of small diesel-powered generators have made their way onto the market. Some of them are referred to as “ignition proof” in that their operation will not trigger a gas fume explosion if installed in older gasoline-powered boats. They also have the advantage of being relatively lightweight. Many produce small output, diesel-powered generators in the 2.6 to 4kW range that are useful in even the smallest vessels. Not only do these smaller units provide power for 110V AC tools and equipment, they can keep batteries topped up through various available battery chargers.

With the ever-increasing availability of lithium ion batteries that can be charged very rapidly without adverse effects, generators that produce three-phase power are coming onto the market. These units can produce enough power to charge (through a special charger) a set of lithium batteries in a faction of the time single-phase power can do the same job. Standard appliances don’t like three-phase power, however. A number of smaller generators offer a three-phase option. Another option most of the manufacturers are now making available is a generator with Direct Current (DC) output. These units produce battery-charging power for vessels using an inverter to produce AC current from an onboard battery bank.

Any skipper who is considering adding a new generator to his boat should spend some time determining exactly what his electrical load is likely to be. All electrical appliances have the power requirements listed on the nameplate or electric motor. The power requirement will be listed in watts. When on full, electric heaters, refrigerators and freezers usually require 1,500 watts—to run them all at the same time will take 4.5kW. Don’t forget about a microwave, electric cooktop, water heater, and electronics. After all appliances and systems are examined and the skipper factors in how the electrical system will be used, the total power requirements will be determined and a decision on the type and size of generator can be made.

For more information on marine generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: southernboating.com

Size Up Your Generator Needs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler 8.5 RES-QS7

Even if it is a milder hurricane season this year, one tropical storm can inflict a lot of damage. So, how to size a generator and use it safely?

The experts at Consumer Reports say to pick a model with a wattage at least equal to the total of what you're powering. Manufacturers also suggest totaling the higher surge watts some appliances draw when they cycle on. A small portable, up to 4,000 watts, can typically power a refrigerator, sump pump, microwave, TV, and a few lights but you may want more oomph than that. Here are some recommended generators from our tests ranging from medium to large.

Midsized portable or small stationary, 5,000 to 8,500 watts

What it powers. Everything that a small model can power plus a portable heater (1,300 watts), computer (250 watts), heating system (500 watts), second pump (600 watts), and more lights (400 watts).

Recommended stationary. Kohler 8.5 RES-QS7, $3,200. Stationary generators turn themselves on and off when needed and run on propane or natural gas for longer runtime and safer fueling. The Kohler delivered smooth, steady power and offers 7,000 watts with natural gas and 8,500 using propane. It was also among the quietest of the stationary models we tested, and it shuts down automatically if the engine-oil level gets low. On the downside, it's pricey and requires professional installation.

Large stationary, 10,000 to 15,000 watts

What it powers. Everything you can run with a midsized model plus a choice of small water heater (3,000 watts), central air conditioner (5,000 watts), electric range (5,000 watts), clothes washer (1,200 watts), or electric dryer (5,000 watts).

Recommended model. Generac 6241, $3,500. This stationary generator was top-notch at providing ample, smooth power with consistent voltage. Generac claims the unit supplies 13,000 watts using natural gas and an additional 1,000 using propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among features are fuel shutoff, low-oil shutoff with an indicator, and electric start.

For more information on stationary or portable generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumerreports.org

Stationary or Portable Generator? – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 06, 2017
South Shore Generators - Generac 6237 portable generator

Your power needs, spending power, and ability to roll out the generator when it’s needed are chief criteria for choosing what’s best.

The choice boils down to cost vs. convenience. If you want to be ready for any power outage anytime, nothing beats a stationary generator. Once it’s installed, it just fires up—automatically—when needed. But most people choose a portable generator because it costs far less and is simpler to set up. Here are other benefits and drawbacks of each:

Portable Generators

Power output: For models that can connect to a transfer switch, usually 5,000 to 7,500 watts.

Price range (as tested): $500 to $4,000; inverter generators, $1,600 to $4,500.

Pros: A portable generator can be transported easily from one location to another. Setup is as simple as turning them on and powering items. And they can be shared among neighbors.

Cons: They run on fuel, and fuel storage can be a challenge. And though they include a number of power outlets, running extension cords to a portable generator also poses safety risks; that’s why a transfer switch is recommended.

Fuel needs: A 7,000-watt portable generator will use 12 to 20 gallons of gasoline per day if it runs continuously for 24 hours. More powerful generators use more fuel.

Stationary Generators

Power output: 8,000 to more than 20,000 watts.

Price range: $1,900 to $5,000 or more, plus installation (about $2,000 to $10,000).

Pros: They start automatically when the power goes out and often supply more power. They also periodically run a self-¬diagnosis routine that can alert you to problems. That enables you to get problems fixed before you need the generator. They run on natural gas or propane and save you the hassle and safety risks of storing fuel.

Cons: Beyond the higher cost of purchase and installation, they often require municipal permits and site approvals.

Fuel needs: A small 8,000-watt stationary model can run for eight to 15 days on a 250-gallon propane tank or indefinitely on a natural gas line.

A Greener, Quieter Alternative

Unlike most portable generators, which run at one engine speed, inverter generators have smart circuitry that varies engine speed depending on what they’re powering. That conserves gasoline and cuts down on the noise.

Another important benefit of inverter generators is that they dispense power smoothly at a consistent voltage. That so-called clean power (measured by the Total Harmonic Distortion, THD, in industry lingo) is less likely to damage the sensitive electronics found in computers, TVs, chargers, and many appliances today.

If that kind of clean, even power is a real priority, then consider a stationary generator. They provide more overall wattage and quality of power for the money, even when installation costs are factored in.

For more information, contact South Shore Generators in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumerreports.org

Need a Generator? Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 20, 2017
South Shore Generator - Residential Portable Generator

When a big storm is bearing down and you don’t have a generator, you may not have time to take all the safety precautions that are usually recommended such as hiring a pro to install a transfer switch and stocking up on gas. But even without taking those precautions, there are ways to safely get a new generator up and running until you can find an electrician to install the appropriate safeguards. What you want to avoid is connecting the generator to your breaker panel yourself, without an interlock device or transfer switch, which can result in frying your electronics and potentially injuring a utility worker once the power comes back on. Follow these five recommendations to get the power back on safely in no time.

  1. Choose a Model With a Removable Console

    Portable generators have outlets that let you power appliances directly rather than through your home’s wiring. The problem is that you then need extension cords to get power into your home, an arrangement that has risks—creating the potential to become overloaded and arc, or to be punctured if they’re run through open windows or doorways.

    But some newer generators have the outlets on a removable console, tethered to one long, heavy-gauge power cord, which is less prone to pinching and is designed to carry the entire electrical load that the generator can power. That allows you to take the console indoors to plug in your appliances while operating the generator outdoors.

  2. Buy the Right Extension Cords if You Need Them

    Extension cords pose hazards, particularly if they’re used outdoors or to carry the load of high-wattage appliances. But if you have no choice—either because you don't have a generator with a removable console or because the console won’t reach all of the appliances you need to plug in—check the owner’s manual to see what gauge cords it recommends. And make sure that they’re rated for indoor and outdoor use.

    Don’t run the extension cords under rugs or allow them to become pinched in windows or doors. Use a rubber doorstop to prevent doors from closing all the way and crimping the cords. You’ll need a separate cord for each outlet on the generator you intend to utilize—using a splitter or surge protector to plug multiple devices into a single extension cord can cause the cord to overheat and arc. Check the cord label for the maximum wattage it’s safely rated to carry, then use our wattage calculator to make sure whatever device you plan on plugging in doesn’t exceed that rating.

  3. Calculate Your Power Needs

    If you're just buying a generator, plan on getting one rated to produce the power of every device you’ll want to plug in. Our wattage calculator can quickly help with that task, but keep in mind that using a portable generator’s built-in outlets or power console means you can power only electronics with standard, 110-volt plugs. Hardwired appliances such as a furnace, central air conditioner, or well pump won’t work, nor will those that run on 220 volts, such as electric ranges or dryers.

    But it may still be worth buying a generator rated to power all of those appliances, because if and when you have an electrician connect the generator to your breaker panel, you’ll want to know that the model you chose will be able to power your list of essentials.

  4. Select a Safe Spot

    Generators produce carbon monoxide and can be fatal if used indoors or too close to your home. That includes the garage, even if you leave the door open. And don’t even think about putting a generator in the attic or basement. The only safe spot to operate a generator is outdoors, a minimum of 15 feet from your house—and as far as possible from windows and doors.

    Driveways, stone patios, or level patches of grass are all good places to put your generator. And if it’s raining or snowing, you’ll need to cover the generator with a generator tent or cover. You can find model-specific covers online, but it’s fine to grab a generic generator tent at the home center, too.

  5. Don’t Forget Fuel

    Portable generators run on gasoline, and most can hold a maximum of around 8 gallons. Depending on the power load, that may only last several hours. Stock up on gasoline and store it in ANSI-approved containers, which have special pressure-relieving mechanisms. Mix the gas with fuel stabilizer and store it outside the house.

    And if you’re shopping for a portable generator, consider a model that can be converted to run continuously on propane or natural gas. You'll need a conversion kit and perhaps the help of a pro to install it, but either fuel will provide a more continuous source of power than a few gallons of gas the next time your need it.

Shopping for a generator? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Consumer Reports

Portable Generators Keep Your Home Functioning During Cold Weather Emergencies – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Kohler Portable Generator

With much of the country bracing for blistering cold temperatures and continued winter storms, now is the time for homeowners to ensure they are prepared for power loss this winter.

Severe weather is the single leading cause of power outages in the United States. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home and family. In addition to these helpful power outage hacks, it's also important to consider the ultimate backup plan for your home – a standby generator. Generator manufacturers like Kohler produce a variety of home standby generator models, as well as portable and commercial options depending on your needs. To learn more about backup power options, sizing and costs, visit South Shore Generator.

A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler is committed to reliable, leading-edge products and comprehensive support. The company provides complete power systems, including generators (portable, residential, industrial, and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications.

For more information on finding the right portable generator to keep your home running all winter long, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready This Winter – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 28, 2016

Having a generator is the first step, maintaining it is the key to being the envy of the neighborhood when the power goes out. Consumer Reports Prep Tips keep your portable gas generator when you really need it.

This video will give you tips on how to start it after seasonal storage, fuel, oil and more.

For more information on maintaining your portable generator, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Consumer Reports

What Size Generator Do You Need – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 10, 2016

The wattage output only is one factor to consider when choosing the right portable generator for an event. The following are considered the best uses for each of the portable generator types and why you should carry these in your equipment rental inventory to meet customer needs.

  • Small portable generators. These smaller units range in power output from 500W to 4kW and are used mostly for camping and tailgating. Many inverter-type generators are made in this size range and have benefits over a conventional portable generator. Inverter generators are quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient than a conventional generator, to meet the needs of customers with small gatherings in a remote location, such as a camping trip bachelor party. Another benefit to these generators includes the ability to connect them to each other for additional power. However, not every portable generator has this ability, so keep this in mind when renting these units to customers. Other uses for generators this size include powering tools used in the setup of an event, powering a cell phone charging station at a music festival and keeping food warm under the tent at a family reunion. These smaller generators also are useful as supplemental power sources for a large tented event, especially because the walls of a tent aren’t sound-dampening. Placing them near an area of the event where you need a quieter power source, such as a speaker system or child’s play area, is a good use of the unit’s benefits.
  • Medium-sized portable generators. The next size of portable generators ranges in power output of 5kW to 20kW. These units have enough strength to power multiple large appliances in a home when there’s an outage. Portable generators of this size do not come in the quieter inverter-style versions, but they are more powerful. These portable power generators are often used on small- to mid-size construction sites. This product also is for the customer building a home or has enough room around a tented family reunion to place the generator far away from guests’ ears.
  • Large mobile generators. Mobile generators are the true powerhouses of all the portable generator types. Their power output ranges from 10kW to over 600kW, accounting for multiple uses. While some of the larger medium-sized generators are efficient for medium-sized tented events of around 50 to 100 guests, many mobile units are sound attenuated, have larger and more efficient fuel tanks, and are able to run a large event without the help of other portable power. Large tented weddings, state and renaissance fairs, charity dinners and gala events, and outdoor concerts will likely require the usage of a unit or multiple units of this size. Tented events are as popular as ever and portable generators are likely to be a necessity to power some small aspect of the party.

For more information on generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Luxuries of Portable Power with Residential Portable Generators - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When the novelty of living life with no power wears off, some find it is time to consider a portable power source. Portable generators can provide power to critical appliances, allowing you to power the essentials.

Portable power generators range in size and variety. However, the right portable generator can be used to power critical devices like your refrigerator, freezer, well pump, security system or microwave.

Portable generators are easily stored and maintenance is minimal. In fact, this versatile investment fulfills year-round needs, yet is highly impactful during a power outage lasting more than a couple of hours. Portable generators are a reliable option to power what you need, when you need it.

For more information on portable generators for your home, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com


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