Choosing a generator for your construction power is an important decision. You need temporary power that can handle your load size, no matter how many tools you’re using. But there are several kinds of construction generators, so which one is the best for your job site?
A generator works by converting mechanical energy into electricity. It runs on fuel.
The best generator for your construction site is the commercial generator. It is used as a temporary power source. You can get a generator for any project, any size, to match exactly how much construction power you need.
Before you purchase a generator, you should look at the wattage for all the power tools you’re going to be running. This will vary depending on the job and how much equipment you have.
An inverter is a device that changes direct current to alternating current. These supply power from a battery.
It could be a good fit for a lesser scale construction job, in a noise restricted area. Or perhaps you’d rather equip employees with their own power source that they can move around with them.
However, if there’s no power in the area, the inverter won’t be useful, and you’ll have to maintain the battery.
Advantages of Using an Inverter:
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) provides emergency power when the main power fails. It offers near instant protection from a power outage, where a generator or inverter won’t do that.
It’s usually used to protect hardware such as data and electrical equipment where a power disruption could cause injury, fatality, etc. They only run for a short period to give you time to do a proper shut down or switch to the generator.
Generators and UPS systems can work together for your construction power as a safety measure at your job sites.
Advantages of Using an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS):
Note: There are also generators that are a combination of the three.
You have a few things to consider when deciding which kind of generator is the best for your construction power.
You must factor in how much equipment you have and will be running. An inverter mainly runs in 1,000-4,000-watt models. On the other hand, generators have plenty of sizes, ranging from 500 watts to 50,000 watts.
2. Size, weight, and portability
Where inverters are easy to move around, generators are not as portable. If portability is something you need from your construction power, consider an inverter generator.
3. Fuel efficiency/Run time
It’s true that inverters are more fuel efficient. However, generators have longer run times and are designed to get a certain amount of power and keep the power on.
Lastly, consider if you’re in a noise restricted area. If so, inverters are quieter than construction generators.
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