||11-11-2012 08:50 PM
Generator Inlet box
Complete noobie here with a question. I've purchased a 8kw generator and am planning to connect it to my panel with an interlock (will have a licensed electrician do this as part of my panel's replacement and upgrade of service to 200 amp). The generator has a 30 amp output. I am looking at inlet boxes online and they seem to say they are sized for 30 amps for generators up to 7.5kw. Wouldn't the breaker on my generator limit the same 30 amp outlet as a 7.5 kw generator's 30 amp let? For that matter, if my generator was 12kw but had a 30 amp connection wouldn't it still be limited? I am not understanding why the generator's total output matters to the inlet box if the output connection I am using is limited to 30 amps?
Sorry if I am missing something obvious or if this questions been asked a ton of times before.