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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazzok View Post
    Joker how do you connect your generator to your house? Just plug a lead from the generator into a wall socket? Or did you connect up to the mains?
    Also, do you run your PC directly from the generator, or do you have a UPS or something to smooth out the frequency & voltage?
    Ours is hooked up to the mains of the house, and yeah I use a ups and my psu has surge protection built in.
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    We need one just enough to power the PCs (all inclusive) and TV - maybe the consoles as well. Just in that time period where Eskaam yoself decides to cut power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hagan View Post
    We need one just enough to power the PCs (all inclusive) and TV - maybe the consoles as well. Just in that time period where Eskaam yoself decides to cut power.
    5.5KVa is perfect for pretty much running your whole house apart from maybe the stove/oven.

    We have a 10kva generator and we use a full on solar geyser system.
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    Safety PSA: Just remember guys the generator through a power socket method is decidedly sketchy. A 3.5kva generator already *exceeds* the maximum rating of a power plug. And that's assuming the wiring is up to scratch. Also might void your insurance if the place burns down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocXphere View Post
    Safety PSA: Just remember guys the generator through a power socket method is decidedly sketchy. A 3.5kva generator already *exceeds* the maximum rating of a power plug. And that's assuming the wiring is up to scratch. Also might void your insurance if the place burns down.
    Been using this method for a while. plug doesn't even heat up! so far so good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocXphere View Post
    Safety PSA: Just remember guys the generator through a power socket method is decidedly sketchy. A 3.5kva generator already *exceeds* the maximum rating of a power plug. And that's assuming the wiring is up to scratch. Also might void your insurance if the place burns down.
    The trip on your switchboard should trip as soon as you exceed the amperage rating on it (usually 15 - 20A), but yeah not the best method. It does work though

    But thanks for the PSA mate.
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    I agree with @HavocXphere also remember being warned about Eskom coming back on while your generator is plugged in could cause big problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czc View Post
    I agree with @HavocXphere also remember being warned about Eskom coming back on while your generator is plugged in could cause big problems.
    Just switch of your mains trip, and it won't be a problem. When the power comes back on it won't do anything. You just switch of the genny, plug it out and then flip on the mains again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Joker View Post
    We have a 10kva generator and we use a full on solar geyser system.
    Nice. Is it solar electricity powering an electric geyser, or is it the kind with the copper tubing that heats in the sun, which heats the water? Both are cool, just curious.

    Quote Originally Posted by HavocXphere View Post
    Safety PSA: Just remember guys the generator through a power socket method is decidedly sketchy. A 3.5kva generator already *exceeds* the maximum rating of a power plug. And that's assuming the wiring is up to scratch. Also might void your insurance if the place burns down.
    We had an electrician do one of our buildings up. I think he wanted R5000 to install a switch to go between mains and generator. So we went the cheap option and had a new breaker installed with a power chord hanging off of it. Power goes off, turn of the mains, plug in the running generator, then turn on the new breaker. Just make sure the panel is locked up and there's sufficient notices and warnings not to have both the mains and new breaker on at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blazzok View Post
    Just switch of your mains trip, and it won't be a problem. When the power comes back on it won't do anything. You just switch of the genny, plug it out and then flip on the mains again.
    This, works like a charm! Does anyone know other makes than Honda for some decent compact gennies ? 3 to 4 vka should be fine.
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