OK. Buying the generator was the easy part.
Figuring out which power cords to attach to it is not so easy, at least not for me. I am not a rocket scientist, and I am legally blonde — whatever that means.
I’m betting, though, that there are some savvy readers here who can explain it all to me.
First, I bought a Westinghouse iGen2500 inverter generator. All I really want it for is to keep a fridge or freezer running during power outages, and maybe charge some electronics. It’s small, lightweight — and I figured it is a good introduction to the wide world of generators.
So, it has two 20 amp outlets on it, as well as a couple of USB ports.
I have been researching the subject, and the manual that came with the generator does have a list showing extension cord sizing. Wire guage is very important, apparently. So, for a 50-foot power cord, the wire guage should be no more than 12 amps, and preferably 10.
I found one online with — Conntek 20520-050 NEMA 5-20 Outdoor Extension Cord 20 Amps 125 Volts, 50 Feet — with a cable rating of SJTW 12/3, which my research says means it is 12 guage with three wires.
I’ve learned that a a fridge, for example, uses about 6 amps and has a running wattage of about 700, with a startup of 2200 watts.
See. I’m halfway there, right?
Thing is, I’m guessing I can hook it up to my fridge or a small freezer. But when I read reviews of the power cord, there are contractors saying it meets all their needs. What am I missing here? They seem to be using it for greater power needs?
My search for a 10-guage 20-amp power cord turned up one 50-footer at a cost of about $130, half the price of the 12-guage one I bought today. Should I buy that one, too?
Sigh . . .
Any suggestions or insights.