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Old 04-04-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 04-04-2008, 10:35 PM   #2
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Billy,
Are you from Mississippi ....
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