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Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Hurricane season is approaching. A near normal hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to the end of November, includes 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 39 miles an hour); 4 to 8 of which may grow to hurricane strength; and 1 to 4 of that bunch developing into a major hurricane of 111 mph winds or higher. Need any more reason to consider a generator?

Plan ahead. Keep in mind that buying a generator isn’t like buying a lawn mower or snow blower—you shouldn’t just go and get something that looks good, even in a pinch. Your best bet is a stationary generator, which is pro-installed and switches on when needed. But they can take weeks to install given local zoning laws that regulate permits, setbacks, and inspections after you’ve selected the model itself.

Safety first. And even if you buy a portable generator and plan to run extension cords for your lights and refrigerator, for safety's sake we recommend having an electrician install a transfer switch for a less messy hookup. An electrician can also help you decide how capable a generator you need for the wattage of what you need to power.

Here are some generators from our generator tests that are worth your consideration:

Portable Generators

Portable generators need to be taken outdoors once the power goes out (and whenever else you run it) and started up. They typically run on gasoline, which means you’ll need to keep some on hand. A 7,000-watt portable will use 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day if run continuously. Be sure to add stabilizer, and fire the machine up about every month to be sure it’ll be ready when you need it.

One of Kohler's first portable generators, the 6,300-watt Kohler PRO7.5E, $1,400, delivered ample clean power and many helpful features such as electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff, which protects the engine from overheating if the oil level dips too low.

The 7,000-watt Generac RS7000E, $900, supplied more than enough wattage to power our test appliances and handled surges very well. That power was also fairly clean. Helpful features include electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff.

Stationary (Standby) Generators

For the least fuss—at least once it’s installed—a stationary generator comes on when the power goes off, runs on propane or natural gas, and also starts itself periodically to run diagnostic checks. With most, you need to check the generator’s display for error codes that might require service from your local dealer. A few models have optional modules that will text or email you and/or a dealer should attention be required.

The Generac 6237, offers capable performance. It's claimed to offer 7,000 watts using natural gas and another 1,000 if you use propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among helpful features is low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. An add-on option, $280 plus a regular fee, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Kohler 14RESAL, was top-notch at delivering ample, especially smooth power, and it’s claimed to offer 12,000 watts using natural gas and another 2,000 if you use propane. It was among the quietest of the models we tested and includes a low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. It also comes with a transfer switch. An add-on module, $475, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

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

Source: consumerreports.org

Commercial Generators for Businesses and Outdoor Events

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Most of our everyday lives are heavily reliant upon electricity. Residential and commercial generators provide backup power or whole-house power in the event of a power outage. Likewise, portable and inverter generators provide a main source of power to remote and mobile locations such as construction sites, RVs and boats.

Generators can be expensive depending on the type. Important things to consider when choosing a generator include size, output, capacity, fuel efficiency, noise level, technology and cost.

Commercial standby generators

Commercial standby generators are similar to home standby generators but on a larger scale. Commercial models can use paralleling systems to connect multiple generators and provide more power from a single line.

Businesses

Businesses with backup generators will never lose revenue due to lost productivity or downtime during a power outage. Essential businesses like hospitals, airports, data centers or government facilities will never have to worry about not being able to perform critical tasks when the power goes out.

People who host outdoor events

If business entertains or hosts events outdoors, a portable generator will allow you to power outdoor lights, heaters, fans and more.

GENERAC

For over 50 years, Generac has been making residential standby generators. Today it also makes portable and industrial generators, fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications. Consumers can choose from multiple fuel types for their generators and many different series and models based on their specific needs.

KOHLER

Kohler can trace its roots back to 1873 making cast iron castings. Today, along with plumbing fixtures, engines and furniture, it manufactures multiple models of industrial, home, portable, mobile and marine generators. Kohler generators can be fueled by natural gas or diesel and can be used to power anything from campers, boats and RVs, to large businesses and data centers.

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

Source: consumeraffairs.com

Portable Generators Can Save Small Business Owners Time and Money

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
South Shore Generator - Portable Generator

Challenging weather can shut down restaurants, banks, gas stations, and grocery stores for prolonged periods of time. When these businesses have to close their doors-even for a day-their owners can lose big, in both sales and reputation.

A survey conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute estimates the total cost of power outages from 985 industrial and digital economy firms to be between $132 and $209 billion.

With this in mind, many of today’s business owners are opting to research and invest in their own backup power systems, doing all they can to keep their doors open when disaster strikes and grid power fails.

When business owners decide to implement an emergency backup power system, they have some very important choices to make before determining what type of backup power solution they should select. Should they purchase and install a permanent generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS), which automatically turns on when power goes out? Or should they rent a portable generator and connect it to a manual transfer switch (MTS) when an extended outage occurs or is imminent?

An MTS solution can provide significant savings for small businesses compared to an ATS, while protecting business owners from the consequences incurred by an outage. Business owners can save so much money by going with a portable generator and MTS setup. For many small businesses, the MTS and portable generator is simply the better choice.

Some facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, can’t afford to be without power for any period of time and therefore require a permanent generator and ATS. However, many businesses can afford to be without power for a short period.

If you are a bank, a gas station, or a large box store, you can afford to be down for 20 min, 30 min, or 1 hr. You can modify your operations to work through the time it takes to wheel a portable generator in place. hook it up, and do the actual transfer. Both an MTS and ATS have their applications. But for many small businesses, we contend that it makes financial sense for many of them to choose an MTS and portable generator solution.

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

Source: csemag.com

Power Outage Preparedness has Become Top Priority for Homeowners

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 02, 2018
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Massachusetts suffered from back-to-back Nor'easters. As a result, more homeowners are interested in power generators. Here are some tips to keep family and neighbors safe during severe winter weather power outages.

Portable Generators:

A portable generator can be a good option for those who are looking to power the most critical home items. They are simple to buy, easy to run and can power most essential lights or appliances via extension cords. Portable generators must be placed outside, far away from windows and doors and in a dry place. Generac has sent additional inventory to areas in the path of Winter Storm Quinn. These units can be purchased at dealer and home improvement centers.

Manual Transfer Switches:

A manual transfer switch can be used in combination with a portable generator to allow people to backup more items in their homes -- even hard-wired appliances like a furnace or well pump -- by delivering emergency power through the home's electrical system. There's no need to run extension cords from the generator to the lights and appliances. It is wired directly to the home's electrical panel and can power circuits of the homeowner's choosing. A manual transfer switch is the only safe way to deliver power from a portable generator to the home's electrical system, and while you will not likely be able to have one installed before Quinn, you can work with an authorized Generac dealer to buy a manual transfer switch and have it installed for future outages. Homeowners should not attempt to install one themselves.

Home Standby Generator:

While it's not possible to install a standby home generator ahead of this storm, there are certain to be future power outages. A home standby generator is a permanently installed solution and is connected to the home's existing natural gas or propane line. It sits outside the home, much like an air conditioning unit. These generators can restore power to the home -- units are even available that can back up the entire home -- within seconds of an outage. One of the more than 5,000 Generac dealers across the U.S. can perform a free in-home consultation for those interested in finding the right fit for their needs. During the consultation, the dealer can provide the correct size and cost for the homeowner and explain installation prices.

Just because the storm ends doesn't mean the threat does. The failing U.S. infrastructure makes access to power vulnerable in severe weather. Homeowners can take control and power their own home with the help of a Generac generator. Learn more at South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

Generators for Back-Up Power

Darren Kincaid - Monday, March 19, 2018
South Shore Generator - Portable Generator in Wareham, MA

In business, there can be no shortage in power. Competition is fierce, so companies must remain operational, even during outages. However, unexpected events happen. During storms or system maintenance, companies can make use of generators for back-up power.

Another application for portable generators is when back-up power is needed for supplemental purposes or for maintenance services instead of using facility loads. With generators in place, the power to the entire building is not affected by unexpected trips in the system.

Industry competition is fierce and each business must be prepared. By choosing to have back-up generators, companies need not suffer loss from outages or spend money because they have an insufficient power supply. Buying standby generators is practical for many businesses, especially those that want to minimize costs and losses caused by downtime. Power outages and other emergency situations are never planned. Mitigate the damage with back-up generators.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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


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