Published on July 20th, 2016 | by Brandon2
How Generators Work
What is a Generator?
A generator is a piece of equipment that temporarily provides electricity when it is not available. Generators come in various sizes and range from being able to power just a small television or microwave to being able to power an entire business.
- Portable Generators
- Standby Generators
- Voltage Regulator
- Control Panel
- Permanent Magnet (Stator)
How it works:
- The engine is started and powered by gasoline (or other fuels in some cases)
- The armature inside the generator uses a residual magnetic charge to begin rotating
- The armature keeps increasing in speed, being pushed by the magnetic field of the permanent magnet.
- As speed increases so does the magnetic field
- Once at a steady speed the spinning levels out and remains consistent
- Energy is generated by the spinning and it travels through insulated wires to create an electrical output to power your appliances
- Be sure to check the recommended maintenance schedule located in your owner’s manual, and to consistently inspect and maintain your generator
- Tune up your generator for storm season
- Portable generator safety
- Change the oil in a portable generator
- Change the air filter on a portable generator
- Change the spark plug on a portable generator
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