If you’re a fairly infrequent traveller or you have an older campervan then you might want to think about equipping yourself with an electricity generator. Especially if you’re someone who likes a few home comforts however far away from home you are, a generator could be a great addition to your camping set-up.
What can a Generator do?
Generators range from extremely basic energy supplies at a certain voltage to large, long-term supplies at a variety of different strengths. You can use them for anything from charging laptops and phones to powering a barbecue or a winch. You should buy a generator based on what you expect to do with it and how often you expect to do it.
Power, Voltage and Amps
When searching for a generator you’ll undoubtedly come across a lot of electrical lingo that won’t make immediate sense. The key is, firstly to match up your output voltage of your generator to your input voltage of any electrical goods – that will be about 240V for UK plugs but for shavers or EU plugs will be less. Power is determined by how much energy your generator transfers and, again, it will need to match whatever you’re hooking up to it. The current (measured in amps) will fall out of the equation if you get these two right.
Use and Storage
A generator is, essentially, a separate engine and, thus, some consideration needs to be given to where you use and store your generator. Always give a good distance between your campervan engine and your generator when using and storing and make sure your generator is covered on your campervan insurance.
It’s good to seek advice when choosing a generator and, as always with electrics, don’t do anything you’re not completely certain of – if your power ratings don’t match you might end up damaging your generator, your appliance or both. Ask around, scour the second hand websites and perhaps see if you can trial a generator to see if it matches your requirements.