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When was the last time you used your generator for a power outage?

When is the last time you used your generator for an actual power outage?

We haven't had one for years now.
Now that I have all the Inverter generators I could possibly need


Last time here was 2005....Hurricane wilma

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Mine ran last Saturday afternoon for 1.25hrs from a Local P/O I came home an she was running about 20 minutes later she re'transferred, cooled down, then shut off. Went out an recorded the ending run time change, in the log. Around here it's normal for her to run 2-4 times a month for up to 3-4 hrs at a time do to weather or people who can not drive. It's a 25kw so it will pull the whole house an shop at once.
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Ran my Powermate PM0126000 generator 50+ hours post-Nor'Easter October 18-20. There were still oak trees down across one end of my street for 4 days after that.
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I run my Duromax xp10000eh usually 4+ times per year. Usually a couple times in the summer with high winds knocking trees on the power lines. And a couple times each winter with some of the ice and snow storms we get here.

Last one was July or August for 2 days and a few hours.

Shortest outages usually last about 4 or so hours. Longer outages last about 3 days. But most end up in the middle around 24-36 hours.

We life in the country 30-35 minutes outside of a larger city so we tend to not be a high priority during an outage due to population density.


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3-4 times a year, usually of about four hours due to "people not knowing how to drive." We're in the country at the end of a stub line with 56 customers, so in larger outages we're a very low priority.
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Considering I completed the setup and test 2 weeks ago, I haven't used for a power outage. I am ready for the next one, which should be coming up. I usually have 2-3 outages through the winter. most are brief, less than a half an hour, but I have had a couple in the last year over an day. The last one was 36 hours and I lost about $100 of food. The generator would have paid for itself then. I am ready!
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Last spring, weather was cool and got on line estimate via iPhone as to when power would be on. Hooked up the little Honda EU2000 and ran a flat cord under back door so we could have some lights for a few hours. Before that about 5 years during a hurricane, rare up here in E Texas, near Tyler. Knew it was going to hit us so I set the big EB11000 up ahead of time. Used it about 12-15 hours that time.
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The first winter (2017-2018) in our new place we lost power for a couple days, over the next spring/summer I bought the genny, had an electrician run the supply wiring, then installed the transfer switch, haven't lost power since
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The first winter (2017-2018) in our new place we lost power for a couple days, over the next spring/summer I bought the genny, had an electrician run the supply wiring, then installed the transfer switch, haven't lost power since
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