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How a Portable Generator Works

In the event of a power outage, portable generators can come in handy. A well-maintained portable generator allows you to continue to have enough electricity in your home to run critical appliances, get water, and charge your cell phone during blackouts. Though generators are great in an emergency, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help limit the need for them by helping to prevent critter-induced outages.

electric portable generator creating power

Parts of a Portable Generator

Today's portable generators are surprisingly simple pieces of equipment. Parts of a generator include:

  • A place for fuel
  • An engine
  • Power outlets
  • Power generator head
  • Copper wiring
  • Magnets

How Portable Generators Convert Fuel into Electricity

The average portable generator uses a 4-Cycle engine. The engine spins a shaft that provides the generator head with the energy needed to create the electricity you need. The newly generated electricity goes to the power outlets, which sends the power to your house, allowing you to run your refrigerator, freezer, or anything else you need powered.

What are the Different Types of Portable Generators

When most consumers decide to buy a portable generator, they focus on getting the cheapest one they can find. What many don't realize is that there are different types of generators, and that a different type of generator might be more suitable for their needs.

The different types of generators include:

  • Gas Portable Generators
  • Diesel Portable Generators
  • Propane Portable Generators
  • Natural Gas Portable Generators

The first thing to consider when choosing a portable generator is what type of fuel is the easiest for you to obtain and store. For most people this is gasoline. You will want to keep some of the fuel on hand because if you lose power, there's a good chance the local gas station will also lose power, making it impossible for you to use your generator.

Another thing to consider is what type of appliances you'll want to run while using the generator. This determines how many watts of power the generator needs to produce.

Portable generators can be great to have in the event of an emergency, but they can also be dangerous if stored/used incorrectly. Drastically reduce your need for them by using Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard. These systems help protect power in your area by preventing outages caused by squirrels and other wildlife. For more information, contact Critter Guard today.

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