One last generator question


Old 08-20-20, 11:34 AM
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One last generator question

I had some questions about hooking up a 240v generator to use as backup power and thanks to some good advice and an excellent video by Mike Holt, I was able to understand what I need to do with that.

Now I have a question about portable generators used for powering tools and other things out in the field. I have two Champion 3400 watt - 120 volt generators. I've used them to power a small welder, an air compressor, fans, televisions and other stuff on camping trips. Never had a problem but mostly used them in dry and clean conditions. Now, after watching Mike's video I'm concerned about these generators having a floating neutral and the possible danger that might pose.

In the future when I'm using one of them outdoors should I bond the ground and neutral before I plug in a device? I know I can do that by plugging in a male plug that has the ground and neutral connected, making them essentially neutral bonded generators.

Again, thanks for the help and advice.
Old 08-20-20, 12:46 PM
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Yes, the neutral should be bonded at the gen when the gen is used as a standalone portable. As you said the bonding can be accomplished by making up a bonding plug.
Also there should be a label on the gen clearly stating that the gen has a floating neutral.
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