[StBernard] Using a generator to power a computer

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Sep 4 09:57:32 EDT 2008


There should be no problem using a generator to power your PC, but I would
take a couple of precautions.

Do not plug it directly into the generator. At a minimum, use a NEW surge
protector. The capacitors inside of a surge protector do die over time,
which means you lose the surge protection, although it still works as a
power strip. A generator is not going to supply "clean" power, so you want
to use a power strip to erase those spikes in the power stream.

Even better, use a UPS. It will clean the power better than a surge
protector, and if the generator stops for any reason give you some time to
either restart it or shut down the PC.


-----Original Message-----

How safe is it to use a generator to power a computer? Is there a
risk of damaging the computer?


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