Power Generators

Written by Charles Peacock
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Power generators are the solution to bringing electricity to remote locations. They're available in a wide range of sizes, and can handle anything from the smallest appliances to the largest industrial equipment. Let's take a look at how power generators work.

How Power Generators Work

Power generators all run on gas-fueled combustion engines, similar to those found in a tractor or an automobile. While not as sophisticated as a modern car engine, they are nonetheless quite complex and able to produce as much power as your home wall sockets--and sometimes even more. Electricity needs for heavy-duty equipment can be quite complex, but the designers of most power generators have taken this into consideration.

One of the most important things in a generator is the ability to produce consistent wattage. This is a difficult and complex task, and in the best generators it is actually controlled by a CPU chip like those found in a personal computer. Power surges can destroy even heavy-duty power tools, so it's important to have a generator that will keep its output levels even.

High-end generators offer features like adjustable voltage, so you can plug in tools that use 110 volts and even heavy-duty equipment that uses 240 volts. They also offer built-in fuel-saving features, so when you're not using the generator, it will remain idle and stop producing power. This can save you from expensive gasoline bills if you're running the generator all day.

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