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BillyD 04-04-2008 10:04 PM

Generator out put
Does anyone know if a generator puts out if there is no load on it.
I think it should put out and as the load increases the out put watts increases.
Thanks for any help.

Speedy Petey 04-04-2008 10:35 PM

Watts are NOT output, they ARE load. You cannot have a load without a load, if you understand that.

The genset is putting out voltage just like your house service is "putting out" voltage. It's just there, not being used until you connect a load to it.

troubleseeker 04-04-2008 10:42 PM

As Speedy said, if the generator is running, it is producing electricity. The same electricity as in your house outlets, with the same potential to kill you. I am always amazed by some of the things I see people doing with generators. There seems to be some kind of belief that they do not produce dangerous electricity.

InPhase277 04-05-2008 10:00 AM

Some generators do idle down when there is no load on them, in an effort to save fuel. At these times I doubt the voltage is at regular levels.


JGarth 04-05-2008 10:28 AM

Are you from Mississippi ....

BillyD 04-05-2008 12:38 PM

North Carolina

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