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The Portable Generator That Wins Customers

date2021-12-16

Which generator is our best choice? The BISON portable generator is a good option. Their design allows you to move easily while in use. Portable generators are versatile and can be used for various tasks, depending on how powerful they are. Portable generators are very common among campers and are also used to power small electric tools in remote areas.

What is the portable generator?

BISON Portable generators can provide instant power almost anywhere. Therefore, whether you are camping outdoors, travelling, or adding backup power to your home, portable generators can provide you with the power you need. In most cases, portable generators refer to mobile generators fueled by liquid propane, gasoline, or a mixture of oil and gas. However, some other types of generators are sometimes labeled as portable generators.

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How does the portable generator work?

The generator consists of two main components: the BISON engine and the alternator. The engine rotates the alternator to generate AC (alternating current) power, which provides 120 volts or 240 volts as needed through a voltage regulator. AC power is the power source used in our home, so any electrical appliances in the home can be powered by a generator.

Find your perfect generator.

Portable generators are the most common type of generators on the market. This is because they provide the widest range of applications and flexibility of use. There are many differences between portable generators. For example, there are multiple start types, fuel types, and so on. Before purchasing a portable generator, there are many design features, electrical characteristics, and mechanical structures that need to be considered.

How to help you wholesale a suitable portable generator.

Power

The size of generators is measured by their power, not their size. All portable generators have two rated powers. The smaller is called continuous power (aka operating watts), and the larger is called maximum power (aka starting watts). Operating watts are the power that the generator can continuously produce when it is running. Start-up watts are the power it can generate in a short period of time to help start electric electrical equipment, such as air pumps, refrigerators, or window air conditioners.

How to calculate how many power generator needs?

You need to list all the electrical equipment that you want to run on the generator, then write down the running watts and starting watts, and finally choose a higher value to add as much as possible. This is to ensure that the generator can handle any power fluctuations or meet your future Demand.

Below is an overview of the average wattage of common household appliances and tools.

Item

Wattage

Refrigerator

100-600 depending on model

Window air conditioner

1000

Ceiling fan

120

Light bulb

10-50

Laptop

50-100

Cell phone

7

Water pump

800

Electric water heater

5000

Electric stove

1200

Electric drill

250-1000 depending on model

Chain saw

900-1400 depending on model

The power of portable generators mainly includes three types of less than 2000 watts, 2000-7000 watts and 7000 watts or higher.

  • Portable generators with a power of less than 2000 watts are the lightest and are usually carried by a handle. Most of these models weigh less than 70 pounds.

  • The size of portable generators between 2000 watts and 7000 watts varies greatly. These models can be portable designs, or they can be built like carts with wheels.

  • The greater the power, the larger the size of the generator. The most powerful portable generators are heavy, ranging from 200 to 300 pounds. These are usually industrial portable generators, and they usually have a protective design and can work in harsh environments.

Start system

Fuel powered portable generator can be started in a variety of ways; recoil start, electric start and wireless remote control start and so on. Pull start is the basic element of fuel-powered portable generators, and is usually the cheapest option. By wireless remote start you can start within 80 feet of the generator.

Fuel type

Portable generators that run on gasoline are the most common and cheapest option, but there are also generators that can run on propane, natural gas, diesel, and even solar power. Portable generators powered by liquid propane are priced similar to gasoline generators and are a safe alternative to dangerous gasoline generators. A portable generator powered by natural gas will be slightly more expensive, as it is often used as a home backup generator, incurring additional costs during installation. Diesel powered portable generators are the most expensive. However, diesel generators are more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain, so they may still be an affordable option in the long run. Some generator models also support dual or tri-fuel.

Output

Portable generators are best to have multiple output sockets, which can distribute the load. In addition, for three-phase portable generators, you can choose 220v or 380v power supply according to your needs. In addition, some portable generators designed to provide stable power for sensitive electronic devices also have additional plug types. Some portable generators even have USB ports.

Extra features

None of these additional features are mandatory, but they do make running generators easier. Examples include fuel gauges, maintenance reminders, automatic low fuel shut-off, and parallel connections.

fuel meter

The fuel gauge can visually display the fuel level. This is important information that needs to be mastered during operation to ensure that the generator can continue to work.

Low fuel shut off.

When the fuel is low, the low fuel shutdown will automatically shut down the generator. This prevents damage to the generator itself and also prevents damage to all electronic equipment connected to the generator.

Silencer& Muffler

The portable generator is very loud, and you can install a muffler to reduce the noise. The muffler will not completely mute the portable generator, but it does help significantly. If you want to use portable generators in public places such as campsites, please check for noise regulations. This allows you to understand the necessity of installing silencers for portable generators.

Weatherproof cover

Portable generators are not waterproof and can be easily damaged in bad weather conditions. You can store an idle portable generator indoors, but it is more difficult to move a very large and heavy commercial portable generator, so it is easier to keep it intact with a weatherproof cover in one place.

Additional accessories

To properly install and use a portable generator, you need certain accessories. Some accessories can ensure safety during operation, and some accessories can simplify the maintenance and start-up process.

Transfer switch

The transfer switch can switch the load from one power source to another, preventing the generator from starting at the same time as the normal power supply. When both power sources are connected, you will face the risk of fire and burned circuits. In the event of a power failure, the transfer switch switches the load from the main power supply to the generator. There are two types of transfer switches on the market; an automatic transfer switch and a manual transfer switch.

Heavy extension cord

Since fuel-driven portable generators must be placed far away from buildings, extension cords are needed to expand the power supply range of the generator.

Maintenance kit

Although maintenance work for portable generators is minimal, some repairs are still required to ensure that everything is still running smoothly. Maintenance you may perform: replace the spark plug after every 100 hours of use; replace the oil and oil filter every 50 – 60 hours of use; according to the frequency of use of the portable generator, the air filter should be replaced once or twice a year;

Cold weather kit

If you use the portable generator in the cold environment, you also need a cold weather kit. The cold weather kit contains a battery heater and oil heater that can be activated by low temperatures. Ensure smooth electric start and prevent oil from thickening due to cold weather.

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What size portable generator is needed to power a house?

With a generator rated at 5,000 to 7,500 watts, you can run even the most critical household equipment, including things such as refrigerator, freezer, well pump, and lighting circuits. A 7500-running watt generator can run all these appliances at once. For RV, a 3000-4000-watt generator will work great.

However, to know what size generator is needed to power a house, you should check the exact wattage of your home appliances to be 100% sure. They are commonly listed on their labels in watts or amps.

Before buying a generator, there is one question you must ask yourself: Do I need the generator to power only the essential equipment or to power the entire house?

Well, if you live in a disaster-prone area where power outages are common, then you should get a larger generator. Despite its higher cost, it could be a great investment and give you peace of mind. However, if you plan to only run it a couple of times a year in case of an emergency, a smaller generator that runs the essential equipment will be the best choice.

Can generator run 24 hours a day?

Generators may build up only a marginal amount of excess heat over a 12-24-hour period, but once you go beyond a day of continuous use you risk building up engine heat that could permanently damage your generator. ... Also keep in mind that running the generator at higher wattages will generate more heat.

Can portable generator run in the rain?

Instructions for a portable generator warn you not to run it in the rain. To protect it from moisture, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends operating it on a dry surface under an open, canopy-like structure.

Is it OK to let portable generator run out of gas?

Running Out of Gas is Risky and Damaging to Your Portable Generator. Portable gas-powered generators should not be left to run until they are out of fuel. ... Running out of gas may cause your generator's coils to lose their magnetism.

What is the lifespan of a portable generator?

The overall lifespan will depend on the type and size of your generator, but a typical range is about 1500-3000 hours. You should be powering your generator on for about half an hour each week to exercise it, which means it will run for a minimum of 26 hours per year.

How to use BISON portable generator correctly?

  1. 1. Please read the user manual before using the generator and follow all instructions in the manual.

  2. 2. Before using the generator, please read and follow all labels and instructions.

  3. 3. Make sure your portable generator is located in an outdoor area with good ventilation. It can only be used outdoors, and keep away from windows, doors and vents. Because the exhaust gas from the generator contains carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas.

  4. 4. Make sure that the area is free of any flammable materials and complies with all local laws regarding placement near buildings or houses.

  5. 5. Make sure that all wires are properly grounded and insulated, and your connections are secure.

  6. 6. When you need to refuel or repair the generator, you must turn off the generator and wait for it to cool down before working. Adding oil or repairing the generator while it is running may cause a fire or cause serious injury.

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