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Surge protection extension cable for small generator.

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by woodman-46, 20 May 2017.

  1. woodman-46

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    I have recently bought a small Wolf 800w generator that is in effect the same as the screwfix Impax one. It has a three pin socket on it for running whatever appliance. We will want ,while camping, to charge phones, laptop etc from it and I am considering buying a surge protector extension cable for protection. In anyone's experience should this give good protection on this setup? Thanks
     
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    My understanding is that "surge protection" is designed to absorb very short high voltage transients, as might result from a lightning strike somewhere on the power network.

    Google suggests that your generator uses an inverter. Is this true? If so, it should output a nice well-regulated supply. Even if it isn't, the fluctuations in the supply will not, IMO, be the sort that "surge protection" will improve.
     
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    the chargers you mention are usually very tolerant of voltages. there might be a data label, but I recall seeing some that are rated 100v - 250v input, and I've seen USB phone chargers, intended to run off about 14v in a car fag lighter socket, that will work off a 9v PP3 battery.

    I believe CFL and LED lamps are also very tolerant.
     
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    Do campsites allow portable generators to be used? Seems rather unlikely.
     
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    Thanks for your replies all. Regarding using a generator on the campsite rest assured we are permitted to use it, however unlikely it may seem, as we and friends are with have the campsite to ourselves. We thought of checking beforehand .
     
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    800 watt generator seems over the top for what you require. Why not use a small inverter off the car/caravan battery?
     
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