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Boxes And
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Transfer Switch

Power Inlet Boxes And 15A Furnace Transfer Switch

Power Inlets
15A Switch
Power Cords
20-50 Amps

Portable Generator Power Cords 20-50 Amps

20A Cords
30A Cords
50A Cords
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Generator Portable Plugs And Connectors

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Portable Generator Covers And Wheel-Kits

Gen Covers
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Generator Accessories

The Transfer Switch Can Be Either Automatic Or Manual

This Portable Generator Is Operating Appliances Directly Rather Than Via A Transfer Switch
Transfer equipment is designed to usher generator-produced electricity into the circuits of a building. This allows any overhead lighting connected to the circuit to be used, and multiple appliances operated. It also permits backup electricity to function like standard utility power. Standby generators, designed to start and run automatically when utility power is disrupted, rely on an automatic switch that redirects power without outside intervention. Automatic switches are primarily of two varieties, the service-rated switch and the open-transition switch. The service-rated switch contains an internal mechanism to disconnect utility power and prevent generator electricity from moving backward into power lines. The open-transition switch relies on an external disconnect mechanism to accomplish the same thing. Meanwhile, the manual transfer switch is used with a portable, PTO, or other generator that will be operating entire rooms or circuits of a structure (normally residential) but which must be manually hooked up and started first.

Be Certain That The Correct Switch Is Used For The Style Of Generator, Standby Or Portable, In Play At An Application

The Power Inlet Box And 15-Amp Furnace Transfer Switch

A Furnace Switch Is, In Essence, A Manual Transfer Switch That Powers Just One Appliance
These Reliance Controls products operate in a similar way while accomplishing slightly different things. Both are designed to be connected via cord to the outlet panel of a generator. The furnace switch can be used with either a NEMA 5-20R or 5-15R (household style) generator outlet. For all intents and purposes, it is a standard manual transfer switch - however it connects to (and powers) only one appliance - the structure's furnace. Power inlet boxes are meant to be a conduit between the portable generator's outlet panel and a manual transfer switch. Most residential applications have a preferred location for generator placement which may or may not be close to where the manual transfer switch is installed. The inlet box is hardwired to the manual switch, and positioned close to where the generator will sit while it operates. This permits portable electric power to reach the transfer switch with a single generator or power cord, manageable in length. In most applications, it provides for a more convenient hookup than running cords directly from generator to switch.

The Power Inlet Is A Convenient Conduit Between Portable Generator And Manual Transfer Switch

Be Concious Of The Rating Of A Cord

The thing to remember about generator cords (and extension cords generally speaking) is that they must be rated to handle the amount of current or number of watts traveling through them. Undersized cords can be blown out by a high-watt generator or powerful appliance, or overheat to a point where fire results. Extension cords should always be rated for outdoor use if they will be exposed to the elements. And any cord use in the presence of snow, rain, or flood water requires exceptional caution.

Power Cords Are Built To Handle Higher Numbers Of Amps Than Typical Extension Cords Will

Plugs And Connectors Are Utilized For Customization

As Seen Here, The Automatic Transfer Switch Needed For A Large Standby Unit Can Itself Dwarf Even A High-Watt Portable Generator - In Weight And Dimensions
These accessories are frequently used to custom-fabricate a power cord for a portable generator application. They can also be used to replace a damaged end on an existing cord, or to adapt a cord suited for one application to another. Splicing an after-market connector or plug to a cord is not a difficult process, and can often be effectively accomplished by somebody without prior experience (check YouTube for a number of helpful tutorials). This process will not compromise the cord in any way. Just, as is true with any extension or power cord, be certain that the base cord you're customizing will withstand the wattage or current to which it will be subjected when its new end is applied.

Two Popular Generator Accessories - The Dolly kit And Generator Cover
Depending Partly On The Quality Of The Product, Internal Alternator Problems Can Sometimes Be Diagnosed And Repaired

Adding wheels to a generator can make it much easier to use, especially for those with limited strength. Your greatest improvements in mobility will come from air filled (also called pneumatic) tires, however for generators that will be trotted out sparingly, all-weather hard one-piece, or soft two-piece wheels can sometimes be better. Wheels that have lost their air don't roll particularly well in our experience - and, in the throes of an emergency, pausing to inflate flat wheels can only increase the stress of an already stressful situation. Covering your portable unit when it isn't in use is never a terrible idea, though not absolutely essential. For a generator kept in a closed shed or garage, covers are less important than for those generators stored outside (where they will be subject to humidity, along with wind-blown dust and debris).

Shown Is A Typical Dolly Kit With All-Weather (Non-Pneumatic) Wheels - These Can Be A Very Good Choice For Flat Non-Rugged Terrain Or Occasional Generator Deployment

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T-Rex Generators distributes products from many different standby and portable generator manufacturers at substantially discounted prices. These represented companies include: Asco automatic transfer switches, Briggs & Stratton generators, Winco generators, Generac Generators, GenTran transfer switches, Reliance Controls Transfer Switches, and Zenith automatic transfer switches. T-Rex also carries Honda powered generators which have the same time-tested Honda engines as the substantially more expensive Honda generator brand units.