Testing Generator Voltage
We have been powering our home for 4 days straight now with a backup generator due to a massive ice storm here in New England. Using backup generator power to power your home during a power outage is a very convenient way of dealing with prolonged outages. However, if the generator is not supplying the proper voltage then you may end up doing a great deal of harm to your homes electrical system and components throughout your home.
Most need 110 V to 120 V or 220 V to 240 V to properly operate. Let’s say your generator is idling at a slow RPM you may only be generating 80 V. This could possible damage the appliance or keep it from running at all. Using the voltage meter is really easy, just insert the probes into the outlet on the generator and read the output. This simple little step can ensure that you don’t cause more harm than good.
I like the Fluke Voltage Meter that’s available at Amazon for $165. The kit features:
- T5-1000 – 1000V Voltage, Continuity and Current Electrical Tester
- 1AC-A1-II – AC Voltage Detector
- H5 – Custom Holster
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