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Will there be a significant voltage drop if a 60 FT 8-4 extension cord is used to connect appliances to a 7500W generator?


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2007-03-27 13:58:06
2007-03-27 13:58:06

no but you cant exceed the wattage of the generator if you are close to that amount you will notice a reduction not nescessarily in voltage but amperage which will have the same affect If the generator is 7500 watts, 240 volts, that is approximately 30 amps maximum load. According to one online calculator for voltage drop, your AWG 8 wire run would have only a 3 percent drop over 95 feet or so, or 120 feet if you're only using 25 amps. Ref:


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Yes it can if you connect it with an 120v generator. But it depends on how powerful the generator is.

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Yes, you can connect each appliance between one of the three live wires and the neutral. The generator must supply the correct voltage and have a sufficiently high VA rating.

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