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Hello all,

I read somewhere (and now I can't find it) that my Coleman 4000 watt 120/240 generator splits the power between the 240 plugs and 120 plugs. The way I understand it (and I am looking to be corrected if I am wrong) is that the 240 plug will put out 4000 watts (two 120 legs) but the 120 plugs will only put out 2000 watts (one 120 leg).

Is this correct?

Thanks in advance,
Blane
 

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Typically, there would be 2 120V outlets, one on each 120V leg. That should give you 2x 15A = up to 3600W @120V. The 240V outlet should be either a 20A L14-20 or perhaps a 30A L14-30 @ 240V. It should be capable of 16.66A = 4000W.
 

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Hello all,

I read somewhere (and now I can't find it) that my Coleman 4000 watt 120/240 generator splits the power between the 240 plugs and 120 plugs. The way I understand it (and I am looking to be corrected if I am wrong) is that the 240 plug will put out 4000 watts (two 120 legs) but the 120 plugs will only put out 2000 watts (one 120 leg).

Is this correct?

Thanks in advance,
Blane
One leg can theoretically produce more then 2000 watts on a 4000w 120/240v generator. But the best operating practice is to balance the load between legs while not exceeding the max rating. So you wouldn’t want to be pulling more then 2000w on either leg anyway and doing so might cause low voltage.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I know so little about electricity and even less about generators I am unable to completely understand your answer. To help me understand what my generator is capable of I took a photo of the receptacles.

The 240 plugs are not like any 240 plug I have seen before so I am not sure how a person would use them. Any ideas?

Am I understanding correctly that with this generator I would be able to get 15 amps out of each 120V receptacle at the same time? And the max my generator would supply is 15 amps to a receptacle?

Thank you in advance,
Blane
 

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what is the exact model number on this generator??

most of these like the unit in the pix are made for contractor drop cord use only..
not for connecting to a breaker panel.
just a heads up.
if it had a twist lock 120/240 socket.
that is an indicator that it has a proper winding that will let you do an gen inlet system.

send over the exact make and model number so we can maybe look up the wiring diagram for the gen head.
 
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