It's that time of the year again. Getting ready for power outages.
Keep Stabil in your gas!!! The "Gasoline" we get these days often has ethanol in it which absorbs moisture and generally ages much faster than "good old gas". When storing, consider doubling up on the Stabil or using marine Stabil which has superior moisture handling abilities.
- Conventional generators (technically alternators) with brushes and slip rings need to be kept clean and stored in a non-corrosive environment. Also they should be used several times a year to keep the brushes from sticking and slip rings from corroding. Fail to care for a conventional generator may well lead to output such as posted by Johnshan in another thread. He posted this image of his generator output:
No electrical device sans a plain old light bulb should every be supplied with power like that!
- Brushless generators seldom have any such problems since there is nothing to cause intermittent problems. Just run the engine a few times a year.
- Inverters or inverter generators MUST be pure sine wave. Modified sine wave will confuse electronic controls and often make equipment hum. Also, oversize such a unit since the electronics in them often don't cope with surges or non-linear loads well.
Whatever you use, start it, load it and be sure it is in good condition before you need it!