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Clean Power vs Dirty Power

Understanding the difference between clean and dirty electricity can make a massive difference to the condition and lifespan of your electrical appliances. Clean electricity is any electrical power that is free from spikes and drops in voltage, known as voltage ripple. This refers to voltage noise that is outside the ideal sine waveform, also known as electrical pollution.

The Effect of Dirty Electricity:

Dirty electricity can have a huge impact on the performance of electronics, particularly microelectronics. For example, high voltage spikes can cause both short- and long-term electronic component damage. Some common issues that this can lead to include computer memory loss, operating errors, and program corruption. For this reason, dirty electricity is particularly concerning for data centre administrators. For powering sensitive equipment such as computers, opt for a clean power solution such as this 200 Watt Inverter Generator.

Protecting Your Electronics:

There are several different factors which measure the quality of electricity, from the specific equipment in question to the electricity provider. If local power is dirty, it’s a good idea to use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) for added protection for your gadgets. When transporting electricity across long distances, always use a heavy-duty lead such as this 15m Extension Lead. An Earth Leakage Unit (RCD) can also help by providing extra protection against earth leakage from electrical appliances and gadgets.

Choosing the Right Generator:

Selecting the right generator will help you ensure clean electricity when powering any kind of electrical equipment. For campsites and other outdoor use, consider this 2KVA Generator, 5KVA, 8KVA or 10KVA Generator depending on the level of power that you will need. To determine this, you’ll need to be aware of the wattage of your items. If you’re unsure, a good rule of thumb to follow is to multiply the amperage of the item with the power supply. However, it’s also important to bear in mind that certain electrical items, such as air compressors, tend to require more watts on start-up compared to when they are running. This will increase the overall power requirement, so it’s important to bear in mind. Lastly, don’t forget that too much capacity is always a better option than not enough.

Making steps to ensure clean electricity by choosing the right generators and understanding the factors that affect electricity quality will help you protect the life and condition of your electrical appliances, gadgets and equipment. Contact us today if you have any further questions.

If you would like any guidance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk with our friendly team at the Hire Desk.


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