A standby generator kicks in during a power outage usually with an automatic transfer switch, but when electricity is only needed to power essential items, there is a more efficient method worth investigating. A portable generator and manual transfer switch enable the homeowner to select which circuits will receive power through a generator during a blackout.
The transfer switch connects to the circuits and allows the power to be transferred to a backup power supply in the event of an outage. For the transfer switch to work, a power inlet box is usually installed to the home’s exterior to bridge the connection to the generator. One that offers maximum moisture protection is ideal since it will be exposed to the elements. Conntek’s power inlet boxes include a threaded ring around the inlet which enables the sealing collar on the cord to be securely screwed on to protect the connection while in use. The cap also folds down to form a tight seal over the inlet when not being used. Since installing and wiring a power inlet box is not an average Do-It-Yourself project, we highly recommend hiring a professional electrician to ensure all standards are met. For more information on installing a transfer switch, please see the video below.
The portable generator solution with a manual transfer switch can be a cheaper and more efficient alternative to a large standby generator. In the event of a power outage, simply plug the generator cord into the power inlet box and generator, activate the generator, and then choose which circuits will receive backup power through the transfer switch. The key to a successful system is a reliable connection from the generator to the home. The power inlet box should not be overlooked as it acts as a gateway from the power source.