Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Portable Backup Generator by Glenn Musser STG

I wanted a generator that would permit powering important circuits in our home during a power outage. I wanted a generator that was quiet, produced clean power, is fuel-efficient, portable, and easy to use. These requirements point to the inverter type generator, they are quiet, efficient, and portable. I opted for the WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt RV-Ready Portable Inverter Generator. It has enough power to operate our furnace (not AC), refrigerator, freezer, internet, TV, garage door, and necessary lights. All running in economy mode at less than 50% output. Only when using our microwave does the load jump to about 90% of the full load power capacity.

Here are the things I used to make connecting during a power outage safe and easy.


Hookup Accessories

General Items

My Backup Power Changeover Procedure Document
During a power outage follow these steps to bring the backup generator online: