Generator Features to Look For
It’s important understand the various generator features so you know how to use them when needed:
Automatic Idle Control
An automatic idle control turns the engine off when it’s not in use to preserve fuel and extend run times.
Automatic Transfer Switch
An automatic transfer switch is only found on standby generators. It senses when the power is out and turns the generator on. This item must be purchased separately.
Circuit breakers help prevent damage to the appliances and equipment you have connected to a generator by preventing system overload.
An electric start is a push-button that turns on portable generators and inverter generators in place of a pull-start handle.
The fuel gauge lets you know how much fuel is left in the generator.
Manual Transfer Switch
This feature lets you change the energy source from utility power to generator power. It is purchased separately.
This feature shuts down a standby generator if there’s low oil, high temperature, low coolant or other unsafe operating conditions.
Wheel kits improve the mobility of portable generators and make them easier to maneuver.