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Connecting Electrical Loads on Portable Generators

How should electrical loads be connected on portable generators?
Connecting Electrical Loads
  1. Let engine stabilize and warm up for a few minutes after starting.

  2. Ensure circuit breaker on control panel is in "ON" position.

  3. Plug in and turn on the desired 120 and/or 240 Volt AC, single phase, 60 Hz electrical loads.

IMPORTANT: When plugging into the 120 Volt receptacles, plug items to be powered in sequence as shown below:

120 Volt Receptacles


  • DO NOT connect 240 Volt loads to the 120 Volt duplex receptacles.

  • DO NOT connect 3-phase loads to the generator.

  • DO NOT connect 50 Hz loads to the generator.


NOTICE: Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.

  • DO NOT exceed the generator's wattage/amperage capacity.

  • Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting electrical loads.

  • Connect electrical loads in OFF position, then turn ON for operation.

  • Turn electrical loads OFF and disconnect from generator before stopping generator.

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