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ABOUT GENERLINK
Plugging your generator into GenerLink gives you a safe and
easy way to connect a generator to your home during those
unexpected power outages.
During a power outage, more inconvenience is the last thing
you want or need. The first thing you want is GenerLink
installed behind your home’s electric meter. With GenerLink,
using your portable generator is easy and safe. Turn off
appliances on your breaker panel, plug your generator into
GenerLink, start your generator and turn on your appliances
from your breaker panel.
GenerLink
+ your generator = YOUR PATH TO POWER
No more hazardous extension cords. No need for expensive installation of a transfer switch and
sub panel. No more dangerous backfeed. GenerLink is designed with you, the homeowner, in
mind. This device is installed behind your electric meter by your electric utility technician in less
than 30 minutes. No need to be home for installation, no need to rewire your home. With
GenerLink, you plug in your portable generator and turn on the appliances you need. It’s that
easy, that safe and that convenient; it’s YOUR PATH TO POWER
GenerLink Eliminates Transfer Switch?
GenerLink eliminates the need for a transfer switch and sub panel. A transfer switch and sub
panel require rewiring of the household electrical system and limit the number of circuits that
can be powered by the portable generator. GenerLink offers several
advantages over traditional a transfer switch and sub panel:
1. GenerLin k is installed outside your home at the electric meter in
less than 30 minutes by a utility technician. And, in most cases,
you do not need to be at home for the GenerLink installation. By
comparison, to install a transfer switch and sub panel, you will
need an electrical permit and you will have to hire a licensed
electrician. Installation can often take about two to three hours
and may require re-wiring your home’s electric system.
2. With GenerLink, you have the flexibility of selecting the appliances you want to run from
your home’s breaker panel, up to the capacity of your generator. Transfer switches and sub
panels limit the number and size of appliances you can operate.
3. Since GenerLink uses your existing breaker panel, you can operate any 120-volt appliance
and most 240-volt appliances. Your well pump, water heater, sump pump, electric range and
clothes dryer are just some of the appliances that can be operated with GenerLink. Many
transfer switches and sub panels are limited to one or two 240-volt circuits rated at 15-amps
or 20-amps. Heavier loads requiring 30-amps, such as hot water heaters and electric
ranges require more expensive transfer switches/sub panels. GenerLink gives you flexibility
and more appliance options than any other interconnecti on device currently on the market.
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GenerLink Eliminates Extension Cords
With GenerLink and your portable generator, you eliminate the hazards of running extension
cords. Most homeowners do not own an extension cord that is long enough and made of the
appropriate gauge wire to connect to their portable generators. Typically, extension cords are
used to power multiple appliances. A potentially hazardous situation
can occur if an overloaded extension cord overheats. This can
cause a fire. In other instances, an extension cord that is too long
may result in a voltage loss that could damage expensive
appliances. Many appliances such as sump pumps, well pumps,
furnaces and hot water heaters are direct-wired and cannot be
connected via an extension cord to a portable generator.
You
should never attempt to rewire these appliances yourself.
GenerLink provides you with the safety you need and want for
yourself and your family.
GenerLink Prevents Backfeed
GenerLink makes using a home generator safe for you and your
utility by preventing dangerous backfeed. Backfeed is a condition
in which electricity from a generator flows back into the utility’s
electric distribution system through the homes breaker panel.
Back feed can damage equipment or injure utility workers. Back
feed occurs if your home is not properly disconnected from the
utility grid before using a generator. GenerLink automatically
disconnects a home from the utility’s electric distribution system
when you are operating your generator, eliminat ing backfeed.
GenerLink has undergone extensive safety and reliability testing
and is recognized by utilities across the country as a safe,
automatic and appropriate method for preventing backfeed from a
portable generator.
GenerLink Provides Homeowners
with Flexibility
With GenerLink, you can operate virtually any electric load/appliance in your home up to your
generator’s capacity – just not all at the same time. You can only get this kind of flexibility and
peace of mind with GenerLink.
Both extension cords and transfer switches and sub panels limit your ability to operate many of
the appliances you may need during a power outage. Appliances wired through your household
breaker panel, such as your furnace, hot water heater and many lights cannot run using
extension cords or many transfer switches and sub panels. GenerLink provides the flexibility to
run these loads from your portable generator.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING
SECTIONS ON:
About Generators
About Power Cords
About Surge Protection
Appliance Usage Guide
Appliance Worksheets
Frequently Asked Questions
Glossary of Terms
ABOUT GENERATORS
During a power outage, portable generators can provide
your home with electricity. GenerLink is designed for use
with most portable generators. Most American homes are
wired for electric service of 200-amps or less. GenerLink
is currently rated to be connected to homes with electric
service rated at 200-amps or less. To use GenerLink,
you must have a generator that has a four-wire
120/240-volt outlet with maximum rating of 30-amps.
This is a standard receptacle found on most commonly
available portable generators. If your generator has a
four-wire 120/240-volt outlet rated at 20-amps, you can
still use GenerLink, but you will limit the number and size
of appliances you can power.
What Kind of Generator Do I Need?
There are a wide variety of portable generators that are currently available for customers to
purchase. Some are more suitable then others for connecting to your house.
When selecting a generator to connect to your house, you should ensure that the generator:
 will not damage sensitive electronic appliances/equipment,
 provides the capability to start large motor loads such as a
well pump, if needed,
 has a 120/240-volt connector(s) and
 has the necessary four wire 20- amp or 30-amp receptacle
required to connect to GenerLink.
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As a guide, GenerLink should be used with a generator that has the following features:




a peak rating sufficient to start the largest motor you will be running during an outage
an automatic voltage regulator
‘low oil’ shut down
1420 or 1430 straight or locking receptacles for connecting to GenerLink
GenerLink is not compatible with the following generator output receptacles :




3 wire 120/240 volt receptacles
4 wire 120/240 volt receptacles rated at more than 30 amps (e.g. 50 amps)
120 volt only receptacles
240 volt only receptacles (not the same as 120/240 volt receptacles)
The quality of power produced by a portable generator is also an important factor to consider
when selecting your generator. If the voltage output is too low, it could cause motors, such as
your refrigerator or furnace motor to overheat. If the voltage output is too high, it could damage
sensitive electronic equipment such as your computer or the digital controls on your heating
system.
To maximize your generator’s power quality, it is recommended that your generator have
automatic voltage regulation. Electronic voltage regulation is preferred over capacitor or
condenser type regulation in instances where sensitive electronic equipment is being operated.
What Size Generator Do I Need?
During a power outage, GenerLink allows you to select the combination of loads/appliances you
want to operate by simply switching breakers in the household breaker panel. This flexibility
makes generator sizing easy.
You can purchase a generator of any size providing the generator is equipped with a 20-amp
and/or 30-amp connector. GenerLink is designed to be compatible with 20-amp and 30amp connectors . GenerLink is not rated to be compatible with larger current outputs and will
electronically disconnect if you are generating outputs larger than 30-amps.
If you are purchasing a generator, you will want one that has a large enough capacity to operate
your large appliances and appliances with motors. You can always operate other smaller
loads/appliances by rotating them on and off as necessary.
For example, if you have a generator with 7200 continuous watts of capacity, you can run the
hot water heater (typically 4800 watts) during a power outage by turning off the majority of other
household breakers until the water tank heats up. Once the water is heated, shut off the water
heater breaker and switch the other household circuit breakers back on.
To determine the loads you can support with a portable generator, you must consider both the
“running watt” and the “starting watt” requirements of the loads you want to operate.
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For example, when your furnace motor first starts up, it will require approximately three times
more starting watts for a brief 1 to 2 second period than the running watts it needs to operate for
extended periods. Your generator must have the capacity to start a motor and keep it running.
To assist you in determining which loads/appliances you can operate using your portable
generator refer to the Appliance Usage Guide in this booklet or visit our interactive guide at
www.generlink.com/appliance_guide.cfm
For assistance in learning more about portable generator, contact GenerLink at 1-800886-3837 or visit our web site at www.generlink.com
To connect your portable generator to GenerLink a GenerLok power cord is required.
GenerLok Power cord consists of three components:
A
B
C
The
a GenerLok™ connector
a connector for your generator
an 10 gauge power cord
C
B
A
The GenerLok™ Connector:
GenerLink is equipped with GenerLok, a unique connector that allows for quick and easy
connection to your portable generator. GenerLok locks in place when connected to GenerLink.
NOTE: GenerLok will always be fitted on one end of the
power cord.
The Generator Connector:
GenerLink is connected to the generator’s 120/240-volt AC
receptacle using a GenerLok power cord with the
appropriate generator connectio n. Generators have
different types of receptacles depending on the type of
generator, the type of power provided and the size of the
generator. Some generators are rated for only 120-volt or
only 240-volt output; neither are appropriate for powering
your home. If your generator does not have a 120/240volt AC receptacle, it is not suitable for use with GenerLink. Check your generator for one
of the receptacles shown in Diagram 1 . These receptacles are rated for 120/240-volt output,
which is what you need to run your home. If your generator does not have one of these
receptacles, it should not be used with GenerLink. Your GenerLok power cord will be fitted with
a male plug compatible with one of the following generator receptacles.
14-20 Straight
L14-20 Locking
14-30 Straight
L14-30 Locking
Connection cords are typically 20 to 50 feet long, with a maximum recommended length of 60
feet for a 30-amp circuit. To determine the correct cord length, follow these easy steps:
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ABOUT POWER CORDS
Step 1
Select a location for your generator when it is being used with GenerLink.
Consult your generator manufacturers owner’s manual for instructions on the
acceptable placement of your generator.
Step 2
Measure the length of the cord you will need by calculating the distance from the
installed GenerLink to your generator, including the vertical distance from the
electric meter to the ground.
The length of the power cord should always be as close as possible to the actual measured
distance from the electric meter in order to maximize your generator’s power quality.
Additionally, the power cord must be fully unrolled during use.
NOTE:
The GenerLok power cord is the only power cord approved for use with GenerLink.
These connection cords are exclusively available through GenerLink Cord Connections .
To order a power cord that is pre-wired with
connectors that are appropriate for use with
GenerLink, please call GenerLink Cord
Connections at 9am-5pm, Eastern Time or
order through our web site at
www.generlink.com/cord.cfm
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ABOUT SURGE PROTECTION
(Optional Model MA23-S)
GenerLink is available, in most areas, with
optional HomeGuard™ Surge Protection
What are Surges?
A surge is a sudden, unpredictable, powerful increase in voltage that can damage or destroy
household appliances and electronic equipment. The damage could happen all at once in cases
of high voltage surges or over a period of time when lower voltage surges are experienced
consistently.
Surges are caused by many sources such as lightning, the switching of utility equipment on the
electric grid, electrical accidents, heavy motor or heavy loads from a nearby industry and locally
by microwave ovens, laser printers and copiers, air conditioner compressor motors and even
lights being turned on and off.
A surge can enter your home in three zones:
Zone A - Service entrance and overhead lines
Zone B – Wired -in appliances – AC, furnace, hot water heater
Zone C- Plugged -in appliances – TV, computer, microwave
“plugged-in”
“wired-in”
TV
Computer
Refrigerator
Microwave
etc.
AC
Furnace
Water Heater
Pumps
etc.
Branch
With Surge
Panel
Telco
CATV
Zone “C”
Zone “B”
Zone “A
ANSI/IEEE 62.41
If your home experiences a high voltage surge without whole house surge protection, wired
appliances/equipment within Zone B will not be protected and outlet plug-in strips provide
limited protection, if any, for plugged-in appliances within Zone C.
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Whole House (Zone A and B Protection) From
GenerLink with HomeGuard Surge Protection
GenerLink with HomeGuard surge protection can help protect your home and appliances from
voltage surges.
GenerLink with HomeGuard Surge Protection:
 Protects household equipment including appliances and hard-wired systems not protected
by power strips. Plus, it provides enhanced protection for household electronics.
 Provides protection beyond typical point-of-use power strips and plug-ins.
 Produces an audible alarm when the device requires service.
 Protects against spikes up to 100,000 amps on the electric system.
 Provides a lifetime white goods warranty of $1,000/appliance and /or $10,000/house.
 GenerLink with HomeGuard surge protection is meter-based and will provide the first line of
defense at your home’s service entrance and for your wired appliances from voltage surges.
Always consult your specific appliance owner’s manual before installing outlet/plug -in
surge strips.
HomeGuard® is a registered trademark of EFI Electronics, Salt Lake City, Utah
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APPLIANCE USAGE GUIDE
Equipment
Starting Factor Running
Wattage (avg.)
Water Heater (50 gallon)
1
4500-5000
Portable Heater with fan
2
500-1500
Furnace Fan (Central) - 1/4 HP 3
400
1/3 HP
3
450
1/2 HP
3
600
Computer
1
200
Fax Machine
1
50-1000
Space Heater
1
500-1500
Refrigerator/Freezer
3
750
Home Security System
1
200
Lights
1
40-150
Range w/Oven
1
12200
- Small Burner
1
1300
- Large Burner
1
2400
Garage Door Opener - 1/3 HP
3
750
- 1/2 HP
3
1050
Well Pump - 1/3 HP
3
750
1/2 HP
3
1000
3/4 HP
3
1500
Submersible Sump Pump - 1/2 HP 3
1000
Electric Heat Pump
3
6000
Central A/C 3 ton
3
6000
Dishwasher w/o hot water
2
1200
Television
1
150-400
Radio
1
70-200
Microwave
1
600-1500
Coffee maker
1
750-1200
Toaster
1
1100
Hair Dryer
2
600-1400
Washing Machine w/o Hot Water 2
1000
Clothes Dryer
2
4850
Air Cleaner
2
50
Dehumidifier
2
840
Humidifier
1
177
Vacuum Cleaner
1
800
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Notes to Appliance Usage Guide
The equipment wattages on the Appliance Energy Guide are estimates. The estimated wattage
required for your appliances can be easily calculated. (NOTE: 1 kW=1000 watts; 2 kW=2000
watts and so on.) The formula for finding wattage is: Volts x Amps = Watts (running). Always
use starting factor when calculating electrical load requirements for your generator. Select the
appliances you want to operate and add the starting wattages together to determine if they can
all be operated at the same time without exceeding the capacity of your generator. NOTE:
individual circuit breakers on your breaker panel may control more than one appliance . Always
determine which appliances/loads are connected to specific breakers.
Worksheet Instructions
Write down the maximum and continuous wattage output ratings for your generator in the boxes
marked A. From the Appliance Energy Guide, select the appliances that you wish to operate
and write them in column B. For each selected appliance, write its corresponding starting factor
and run watts in columns C and D respectively.
For each appliance that you have selected, multiply the starting factor by the run watts and write
the results or the load watts in column E. NOTE: Only items that start simultaneously should be
tallied in column D.
Finally, sum up all of the load wattages for each appliance and lights in column E. Add each
appliances load watts and write the number in box G. The number in box G represents the
total amount of load you plan to run on your portable generator. Be sure that the total in box G
does not exceed the generator size in box A.
Always select a generator that is as large or larger than the
estimates for both running and starting wattages.
VISIT OUR INTERACTIVE WORK SHEET AT
WWW.GENERLINK.COM
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SAMPLE WORKSHEET
A
Generator
(Watts)
Size: 7200
B
C
D
E
Load
Start Factor
X
Run
Watts
=
Starting
Watts
Refrigerator
3
X
1000
=
3000
Sump Pump
2
X
1000
=
2000
Fan (1/4) Hp
3
X
400
=
1200
Computer
1
X
200
=
200
X
=
X
=
F
Lights
Wattage
Number
60
X
5
=
300
100
X
1
=
100
150
X
0
=
0
Total:
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6800
G
WORKSHEET
A
Generator
(Watts)
Size:
B
C
Load
Start Factor
D
X
E
Run
Watts
=
X
=
X
=
X
=
X
=
X
=
X
=
Starting
Watts
F
Lights
Wattage
Number
60
X
=
100
X
=
150
X
=
Total:
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TECHNICAL FACT SHEET
GenerLink Specifications and Technical Information
Physical:
Diameter:
Depth:
Weight w/o surge:
Weight with surge:
Socket Style:
6 ½ in.
5 ¼ in.
5 ½ lbs
5 ¾ lbs
Ring or Ring-less, 200 Amp, 4 jaw
Electrical:
Source Compatibility:
Withstand Current:
Generator Input:
Connection:
200 Ampere or less
10,000 Amperes rms symmetrical at .7 - .8 pf, 240 Volts, 60 Hz 6000
Amperes for 6 cycles at .7 - .8 pf, 240Volts, 60 Hz
7.2kW Continuous †, 120/240 Volt
‡
Proprietary GenerLok™ QuickConnect Power Cord
Operational:
Transfer Type:
Transfer Delay:
Life Cycle:
Temperature Range:
Break–Before–Make
2-3 Seconds
300,000 Operations
-30°C to 60°C External Ambient
Features:
Generator Input Protection:
Generator Input Voltage > 200 Volts
Supplemental Overcurrent < 30 A
Utility Input Protection:
Utility Input Voltage > 180 Volts
Over-Temperature Trip > 105°C
Load Protection:
Integrated Whole-House
Surge Protection (Optional)
Status Indication:
Long-life LED indicators show utility power
availability and/or fault presence
†
3 hours at 25° C/ 77° F ambient
‡
Sold Separately
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HomeGuard Surge Protection Specifications and
Technical Information
Nominal Line Voltage:
Max Cont. Operating Voltage:
Operating Frequency:
Total Surge Current:
Max Surge Current Per Mode:
120/240
250
60 Hz
100000 A
50000 A
50000A
Circuit Type:
Storage Temperature:
Operating Temperature:
Operating Altitude:
Meters)
Parallel High Energy
-40° to +160° F (-40° to +70° C)
-40° to +140° F (-40° to +60° C)
Sea Level to 12,000 feet (3,658
L1 - G
L2 - G
Performance:
ANSI/IEEE C62.41:
Category A3 200A
Category B3 500A
Category C1 3000A
600 V
660 V
690 V
EMI/RFI noise rejection:
Up to -20dB
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.
A.
Do I need a generator in order to use GenerLink?
Yes. GenerLink is an interconnection device that enables you to connect your
portable generator directly to your home’s wiring system.
During a power
outage, your generator becomes your source of emergency back-up power.
GenerLink is designed as an alternative to expensive transfer switches and
hazardous extension cords.
Q
A.
How quickly can I get GenerLink installed after I order it?
In most cases, GenerLink will be installed within two weeks of your placing an
order. Contact your electric utility for installation schedules.
Q.
A.
Is there any potential for damage to my appliances?
GenerLink is designed to function as an interconnectio n device and serves to
connect your generator to your home. There is no risk of damage to your
appliances created by the GenerLink device. You should exercise care when
selecting your generator to ensure you are buying a high quality generator.
Q.
I want surge protection for my home and appliances, can I still use
GenerLink?
Yes, GenerLink is now available with optional feature - HomeGuard surge
protection. GenerLink with HomeGuard surge protection will protect your home
and wired appliances from surges over 600 volts.
A.
Q.
A.
I have meter-based surge protection, but want GenerLink. Should I get the
hard-wired surge protection?
GenerLink is available with optional whole house surge protection. If your
GenerLink unit is equipped with whole house surge protection it will eliminate
the need for meter based or hard wired surge protection.
Q.
A,
Why can’t I run my whole house from a portable generator?
The appliances in the average home consume relatively low amounts of
electricity to operate once they are started. However, many of them require a
significant amount of electricity to start up the appliances. Please review the
appliance guide to determine the start-up wattage required for individual
appliances.
Q.
What happens when the utility power is restored and my generator is
operating through GenerLink?
Your generator continues to power your home until you turn it off. Once you
turn off your generator, GenerLink will automatically switch your home back to
utility power. GenerLink has a built-in safety feature that prevents back
feeding the generator’s power into the utility lines, eliminating hazardous
conditions for you and for utility service personnel.
A.
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Q.
What maintenance is required for GenerLink?
There is no regular maintenance required for GenerLink.
Q.
Does my utility meter continue to run when using GenerLink
with my generator?
No, your utility meter will only run when the utility is providing electric power
to your home. When using GenerLink, with your portable generator, you are
automat ically disconnected from the utility power supply and will not reconnect
until you turn off your generator.
A.
A.
Q.
A.
How can I tell when the utility power is restored?
There are three indicator lights on GenerLink, two green and one red. When
both green lights are illuminated, this represents a normal condition where
utility power is present. When your utility has restored power you can deenergize and disconnect your generator from GenerLink. If the red light is
illuminated at any time or in conjunction with a green light, there is a potential
problem and you should call your utility immediately.
Q.
A.
Can I use GenerLink during inclement weather ?
GenerLink is completely sealed inside the meter socket and does not represent
a hazard. However, generators should not be operated during rain or snow
unless they are protected from the elements. Please consult your generator
manufacturer, distributor and/or owner’s manual for instructions on the safe
operation of your generator.
Q.
A.
What happens if the generato r gets overloaded?
Your generator should have a circuit breaker that will activate in the event of an
overload. If it does not have this feature, it is not suitable for use with
GenerLink. If you trip the circuit breaker on your generator, turn off all the
household circuit breakers in your breaker panel, reset the circuit breaker on
the generator, and restart the generator. Please refer to your generator owner’s
manual for complete instructions on the safe operation of your generator.
Q.
A.
Where should the generator be placed?
Remember, generator exhaust gases contain deadly carbon monoxide. The
generator should never be operated inside; this includes basements, crawl
spaces and/or attached garages. Please consult your generator owner’s manual
for complete instructions on the safe location for and operation of your
generator.
Q.
A.
What is a power cord?
A power cord consists of a standard GenerLok connector that will attach to
GenerLink, a four wire, 10 gauge, heavy duty, outdoor rated, water-resistant
wire and an appropriate NEMA connector for your generator . Your generator
may have a 20-amp or 30-amp, 120/240 -volt output that will require a 20-amp
or 30-amp NEMA connector. The length of the power cord should be as close to
the actual measured distance from the meter to the generator as possible in
order to maintain your generator’s power quality.
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Q.
A.
What is GenerLok?
GenerLok is a unique fitted connector, exclusively available for GenerLink.
GenerLok allows you to plug your Generator directl y into GenerLink without
needing a separate interconnection box.
GenerLok easily connects to
GenerLink and locks the power cord safely in place when GenerLink is being
used.
Q.
A.
Why do I need a power cord?
A power cord is required in order to connect your generator to GenerLink. To
use GenerLink, an appropriate power cord fitted with GenerLok must be
purchased separately and is available exclusively at GenerLink Cord
Connections at
1-800-886-3837.
Q.
A.
What gauge wire is used to make the cord?
10 gauge wire is used. The cord is heavy duty, outdoor rated fire and waterresistant and is appropriate for cords up to 60 feet for a 30-amp circuit.
Q.
What if my generator connector does not have a straight or locking 14-20
or 14-30 connector?
Some generat ors are fitted with connectors that are not 14-20 or 14-30. You
may still be able to use GenerLink with your generator. Contact GenerLink Cord
Connections at 1-877-614-5010 and the service representative may be able to
place a custom order that will facilitate your connector.
A.
Q.
A.
What happens if I want GenerLink removed from my home?
You must contact your utility to remove, replace or repair the GenerLink unit.
Whether purchased or leased under a rental/service agreement, GenerLink
remains Utility Control Equipment and falls under the jurisdiction of the
National Electric Safety Code. Only authorized utility service representatives
may have access to GenerLink.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Amp (Ampere):
The amount of electricity or current flowing through a wire,
similar to the flow of water through a pipe.
Backfeed:
A condition where electricity is being generated from a source
outside the utility power grid and is feeding/traveling back into
the power lines.
Breakers:
See Circuit Breaker
Breaker Panel:
The main circuit breaker panel (or fuse box) is where all the
circuits/fuses connect to the incoming electrical supply line from
the utility.
Capacity:
The amount of power, expressed in watts, kilowatts or megawatts,
that a device can provide at any given instant
OR
The maximum load of electricity that equipment can carry.
Circuit:
A continuous loop of current.
Circuit Breaker:
The most common type of "overcurrent protection." A resettable
switch that trips when a circuit becomes overloaded or shorts
out.
Connection Cord:
An electrical receptacle and plug wired to a length of flexible
electrical cord.
Continuous Output:
The amount of power produced continuously as opposed to the
maximum output, which can only be produced for short periods
of time.
Current :
The rate at which electricity flows, measured in amperes
Electric Panel:
See Breaker Panel
Fuses:
Removable devices that link a circuit at the fuse box. A
non-resettable overcurrent device.
Generator:
A machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical
energy.
GenerLink:
A five-inch collar-like device installed behind your electric meter,
which allows you to easily and safely connect a portable generator
to your home’s existing wiring system.
GenerLok:
GenerLok is a unique fitted locking connector, exclusively
available for GenerLink .
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Hardwire:
Process of wiring electric appliances directly into the
electric power supply.
Indicator Lights:
GenerLink indicator lights are designed to display power
conditions with the GenerLink unit, the utility and the
portable generator.
Loads:
A source drives a load. An appliance, component or other
device that requires current to operate.
Load Watts:
See Start-up Wattage
Meter:
Any electrical or electronic device used to measure the amount of
electricity consumed .
NEMA:
National Electrical Manufacturers Association . A standard, which
specifies the electrical connectors used on plug-in equipment.
Overload:
A condition that occurs when the load is greater than the
system/device is designed to handle.
Power Outage:
A temporary loss of electric power or temporary disconnection
from the electric utility.
Power Cord:
See Connection Cord.
Running Wattage:
The amount of energy necessary to continue running an
appliance once it has started.
Sub Panel:
Device used in connection with a transfer switch designed to bypass a breaker panel and limits the amount of load or number of
appliances that can be placed on a generator.
Start-up Wattage:
The amount of energy needed to first start an appliance. This
amount is usually larger than the running wattage for appliances
with motors (refrigerator). It is usually the same for appliances
without motors (lights).
Surge:
A power disturbance known also as a transient voltage.
A brief but extreme burst of energy.
Surge Protection:
Any device designed to limit or eliminate transient voltages from
entering power, signal, telephone or data lines.
Transfer Switch:
Used in conjunction with a sub panel. Device installed by a
licensed electrician designed to allow interconnection of a
portable generator with limited appliance availability.
Utility’s Electric
Distribution System:
OR
A network of power lines and associated equipment used to
transmit and distribute electricity over a geographic area.
Voltage:
Electrical potential or force that causes current to flow through
a conductor.
Watt:
A unit that measures the amount of electrical power.
watts = volts x amps
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