What Will a 6000 Watt Generator Power?


A 6,000 watt generator can power enough appliances for survival if the normal electricity supply is interrupted. It would handle a 120 volt load up to 50 amps, which should provide heat and light and keep food fresh.

Power Surge

  • An electrical appliance, especially if it incorporates an electric motor, will draw a spike or surge of power when initially powered up. This needs to be considered when calculating the load the generator will have to deal with. A home computer with a small monitor typically draws 400 watts in use but will spike up to 600 watts on startup. A medium sized freezer or refrigerator which typically draws 1,200 watts can spike at 2,000 watts, while a 750-watt microwave oven will surge up to 1,000 watts.

Stagger Startup

  • Medium-sized generators will power enough appliances for survival: refrigerator, freezer, furnace fan and lights. But avoid knocking out the generator's circuit breaker by starting appliances one at a time to keep the surge low.

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