Prime Power vs Standby Power – What type of generator do you need?

Understanding the difference between prime and standby power can help you decide on the best generator and accessories needed for your business.

What is Prime Power

A prime power generator is used to provide the primary power source for the equipment it is powering. Generators that are used for prime power are designed to run for long periods of time.

When using a generator for prime power, you may need to consider additional accessories like a fuel tank to allow for longer run-times and improved diesel storage conditions to ensure that there is no disruption to your power supply.

What is Standby Power?

A standby generator is used when there is a disruption to the mains power for short periods of time. When paired with an automatic transfer switch (ATS) the generator will automatically transfer power supply from the primary source of power to your standby generator when it detects a failure or outage.

What to consider about prime and standby power?

  • Prime power generators are run on a regular basis, so fuel and regular preventative maintenance needs to be considered as part of your investment.
  • Standby power generators are designed to run for shorter periods of time, but it is still important to run the generator regularly, have regular maintenance and fuel testing.

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