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This generator is more intended for an RV not your home.
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Can this be connected to a 200amp home electrical panel to provide backup power for only essentials?
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Can this be connected to a 200amp home electrical panel to provide backup power for only essentials?
Yes and No. Your going to need a knowledgeable electrician to wire this up to your panel with all the correct safety's and interlocks. Also because its 120v only your going to need everything you want to power to be either on one single leg of the panel or have to do some trickery with the plug end to power both legs (be careful doing this in the event that you have a shared neutral). Considering this is only 3400 watts probably running extension cords is your best bet as your only going to be powering a few fridges, lights and miscellaneous items with such a small amount of power.
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Got this on sale for $599 in November. Haven't used it yet but seems to be well built. Reviews are good on it.
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Can this be connected to a 200amp home electrical panel to provide backup power for only essentials?
If you want to plug it in to a 200amp service I'd focus on 240v output.

If you need an inverter type (sensitive electronics) something like:

https://wenproducts.com/products/...-compliant

https://wenproducts.com/collectio...-compliant
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Yeah this thing is only 120v which means you can't run a electric drier, hot water heater, ac or central heat. The most you can run is a refrigerator or anything that you can plug into an outlet. Not a good deal to me at all.
This is a pretty good generator for things like RV's needing 30 amp service or even paralleling and getting 50amp service. Quiet and inverter type.

Not good for a whole house (which isn't what it was designed for).
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Quote from mstang1988 :
This is a pretty good generator for things like RV's needing 30 amp service or even paralleling and getting 50amp service. Quiet and inverter type.

Not good for a whole house (which isn't what it was designed for).
Thank you for the follow up. I just wanted to make sure ppl understood that.
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Yes and No. Your going to need a knowledgeable electrician to wire this up to your panel with all the correct safety's and interlocks. Also because its 120v only your going to need everything you want to power to be either on one single leg of the panel or have to do some trickery with the plug end to power both legs (be careful doing this in the event that you have a shared neutral). Considering this is only 3400 watts probably running extension cords is your best bet as your only going to be powering a few fridges, lights and miscellaneous items with such a small amount of power.
I bought this generator and an interlock kit, hired an electrician and what djkyle65c says is accurate. I was thinking that I could just turn off the 240v breakers and it would work, but only the breakers on one side of my panel would work precisely for the reason pointed out above. The electrician strongly advised against a workaround.
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Can this be connected to a 200amp home electrical panel to provide backup power for only essentials?
Yes, with an adapter plug if you have a 4 prong inlet. You will not be able to power any 240v appliances or any multi-wire branch circuits. I have this same generator for my whole house with the exception of those I mentioned. Runs my furnace (gas), sump pump, and fridge. Just be aware of the draw on the generator. I've wired in a watts meter to know this.
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Does THD actually matter for electronics with a DC power adapter?
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Does THD actually matter for electronics with a DC power adapter?
Maybe; it depends on the quality of the build of the inverter supplying DC electricity to the electronics. Some deal with it ok, some not so much.

Keep in mind, almost all sensitive electronics are going to be concerting AC to DC at some point. Almost anything with an onboard computer/chip are going to use 5.5v, 3.3v, or less dc voltage at some point.
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Quote from jmschn :
Can this be connected to a 200amp home electrical panel to provide backup power for only essentials?
A lock out kit and an electrician
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I bought this generator and an interlock kit, hired an electrician and what djkyle65c says is accurate. I was thinking that I could just turn off the 240v breakers and it would work, but only the breakers on one side of my panel would work precisely for the reason pointed out above. The electrician strongly advised against a workaround.
My electrician wired the whole panel and told me not to use the 220v stuff. All it's going to do is kill your breaker on the genset
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Quote from kturney22 :
Yeah this thing is only 120v which means you can't run a electric drier, hot water heater, ac or central heat. The most you can run is a refrigerator or anything that you can plug into an outlet. Not a good deal to me at all.

Yeah WTH you need a much more EXPENSIVE one to do that. Peace
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