Generators and Trains

Class_47_'Prince_William'_NRM_Rail_200Trains use generators as a source of onboard, low voltage supplies. This type of generator is a DC machine driven by either the diesel engine or a motor powered from the traction current supply. Train generators are enormous batteries that provide power for lighting the train when it’s not on the move.

It’s no question that trains need generators to operate, but the generator we’ll be discussing today isn’t the one used by trains… not by all as of now.

I’m talking about the inverter generator.

Standard Generators vs. Inverter Generators

We’ve all heard of the noise that standard portable generators make. They’re terrible, aren’t they? Aside from that, they’re also inefficient, and they waste lots of fuel, especially if they’re not used at their maximum load for a long time. They’re also heavy too!

standard generator

Common generators also pollute our environment when they’re not being utilized at or near their capacity.

Take for example a 4,000-watt generator running to light a bulb that requires only 100 watts. The generator will waste fuel running that huge engine just for a small benefit.

Now let’s take a look at inverter generators. Why are they better and why should we purchase them instead?

Inverter generators make less noise when in use than conventional ones. Finally, a machine that can allow you and your neighbors to have a good night sleep!

They’re also lighter and smaller. A 1,000-watt inverter generator, for instance, weighs only around 30 pounds—which is about the same weight of a filled small cooler.


They’re also nearly 20% more energy-efficient than standard generators: 2,000-watt inverter generators can run at its rated load for almost four hours on a gallon of fuel.

Lastly, inverter generators give safer electricity for sensitive appliances like tablets, laptops, and HDTVs. Hooray!

The Downside That’s Really Not a Downside

However, you’ll have to pay more per available kilowatt if you use a portable inverter generator. That means if you’re using a 2,000-watt inverter, it will cost you much more money compared to a 2,000-watt conventional generator. Still, it’s considered a must-have appliance in households. Though you’re paying more, the bright side is that you can save more energy, reduce carbon footprint, and protect the environment. Using an inverter only requires you to comprehend the limitations of supplying one device at a time. Aside from that, there isn’t any problem to be listed anymore.

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