Choosing the right Generator
See what Briggs & Stratton generator you need to get the job done
Step 1: Determine the power required from your generator
Initially consult the owners manual or the equipments data plate to determine the power required to operate it. To calculate the Watts needed from your generator you must work out the running Watts for all the equipment you may want to run simultaneously and multiply it by the energy required to initially start up the equipment or the ‘starting coefficient’.
IF THE POWER REQUIRED FOR YOUR EQUIPMENT IS INDICATED IN AMPS, MULTIPLY BY THE VOLTS (230V) TO GIVE YOU THE WATTS. EXAMPLE: 5 AMPS X 230 = 1150 WATTS
Step 2: Determine the starting coefficient
The majority of products has a starting coefficient of 1 but below are a few examples of products that have more.
If you want to run a light bulb and a hedge trimmer your calculation would look like this:
|Product||Running Watts||Starting Coefficient||Total Watts|
|Halogen lamp||200||X 1.5||300|
|Hedge trimmer||780||X 2||1560|
|You will need a generator that will output at least 1860 Watts|