One of the most common concerns when individuals are shopping for standby generators is whether or not their small electronics will be damaged by the power the generator is feeding into the home or business. Most realize that generators are safe for appliances and large pieces of machinery, but they are not sure how that translates to the small appliances.
The good news is that generators are safe for electronics because of features that ensure power does not surge through the circuits. This makes the power coming out of the socket just as safe as what normally comes out.
However, you can never been too careful. Even when you are not using your standby generator, you always want to use a good surge protector with your sensitive electronics. Sensitive electronics include your computer, cell phone, television, microwave, and anything else considered small and sensitive. These are also some of your most expensive items that you don’t want to have to replace.
Just keep in mind that although there are features in place to avoid power surges, it doesn’t mean that small influxes in power can’t occur. All it can take is a small influx for a microwave or charging iPad to be fried. Nonetheless, the same can occur when you have an electronic device plugged directly into the wall outlet, so make sure you always have sensitive electronics on a surge protector to protect them at all times, even if you are going to have that item plugged in temporarily.
Portable vs. Standby
It is important to note that there is a difference between portable and a permanently mounted standby generator in the case of powering sensitive electronics. Individuals throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul that have used portable generators have noted that their sensitive electronics have been damaged by the “unclean” power that has passed through. Surges are more likely with portable generators.
However, the manufacturers of standby generators have covered their bases to minimize the possibility of surges, making the power that comes through as clean as possible. This makes it easier for homeowners and business owners to choose the proper emergency power solution for their needs.
What’s more is that standby generators adapt to the needs of homeowners and business owners, as the manufactures ensure they evolve with the evolution of the modern home. Every decade, the needs of homes and businesses can change, so it’s important for the generators to change with those needs.