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Old 12-07-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Another newbie generator question

I had originally asked about getting 240 out of a 120 generator here:

That is no longer a problem since I got a Generac 5000/6250 watt generator. Now I have a question or two about cords. This has a 20 amp 120/240 L14-20 receptacle and a 30 amp 120v L5-30R. I mistakenly bought a 25 foot cord that has a L14-30P on one end and 4 5-20R's in two circuits on the other. (I had thought that "4 prong twist connectors" were all the same.) Anywqy it was a great price, but now I have to figure a way to get it connected to the genset.

Would it be better to get an adapter for the 120v 30 amp connection, or the 120/240 20 amp? Would the 240 give two separate 20 amp circuits (there is only one 20 amp breaker on the generator panel)? I am assuming if I connected to the L5-30 it would give me 30 amps spread across the 4 end plugs.

Also, if I go with the 240 connector would I need to worry about balancing the load?
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