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Old 03-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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240 twist lock to two 120v 20 amp plugs


I have a honda EU 2000i that I need to connect to a 30amp 240V transfer panel. The panel uses a 240 volt twist lock NEMA L14-30 (Turn-Lock).

so I need to know if

A) does anyone know of a good L14-30 (Turn-Lock) male receptacle for outdoor use? (similar to this, just looking for experience/advice)

B) the harder one, does anyone make a 240 twist lock L14-30 (Turn-Lock) female end to two 120V 20 amp standard male plugs? so I can go from the above to the generator.

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PS- if anyone sees a problem with this let me know, the manufacturer said there shouldn't be a problem so I'm thinking I'm good.

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I .B) the harder one, does anyone make a 240 twist lock L14-30 (Turn-Lock) female end to two 120V 20 amp standard male plugs? so I can go from the above to the generator.
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You may not do this one.

Depending on the order in which you plugged things in and switched things on, you could have the exposed prongs of one of the male plugs live.

Your generator either has a 240 volt (female) receptacle or lugs to which you can connect up a cord with a 240 volt receptacle on the other end. Then you can connect the transfer panel easily using an ordinary (240 volt) extension cord.

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makes sense about the 2 male ends.

The generator doesn't have a 240 twist lock end, it only has 120V 20amp plugs, so could I just tie the 2 120V legs on the 4 prong 240volt wire together to get a 240V female to a 120V male wire? I'm guessing no one carries such a thing though...
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You don't have 2 120 volt legs. Your generator does not have a 240 volt output.
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Understood, I don't need 240v on the panel as I don't need to power any 240v stuff. The panel is set up such that one side of the panel is powered by one of the 120v legs from the 240v twist lock while the other side of the panel is from the other. I'm just trying to get both sides of the panel to have power from my generator by getting the power to both of the 120v legs.
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Let's see.

Yes, tie both hot contacts of the receptacle to one 120 volt plug. Use a 3 conductor (incl. ground) cord. You will have to assemble it yourself.

(Instead of the plug, you could also wire the cord directly into the generator.)

This will power both sides of the panel.
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to make sure I understand this...

The best way to get make one is get a 3 conductor wire, one for neutral, one for ground, one 120V, which makes the 120V side easy, but what would be the best/proper way to split the that one line and connect it to both 120V points on the 240V connector side?

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to make sure I understand this...

The best way to get make one is get a 3 conductor wire, one for neutral, one for ground, one 120V, which makes the 120V side easy, but what would be the best/proper way to split the that one line and connect it to both 120V points on the 240V connector side?

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I would use a piece of wire a couple inches long as a jumper between the two terminals in the twist-lock connector. There would then be two wires landed on one of the terminals (the incoming power and also the short jumper wire), which it's probably not listed for, but it would work fine.

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