Portable GFI Generator


Old 04-10-07, 04:31 AM
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Portable GFI Generator

I am looking to buy an inexpensive generator for emergency use post-hurricane. I found a 5500W model @ Pep Boys for < $400. A neighbor says I need one w/ GFI protection. I am sure the PowerPro 5500W Pep Boys model does not have GFI protection. Do I really need GFI protection? Is it common for portable generators to provide GFI protection and are these units reasonably prices? I really don't want to spend a lot of $ for a device that I may use only infrequently.
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Old 04-10-07, 05:20 AM
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Typically the point of use receptacle on a generator has GFCI, the twist lock connections do not. Enough of them have it that it would seem to be required on the point of use outlet.
Old 04-10-07, 10:41 AM
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A generator does not need a GFCI if the unit is sheltered from the elements and the cords are used in a dry location.

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