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If you’re reading this, you’re at least a little interested in generators. Welcome to the club! To share our passion for generators and electricity conservation, we’ve established this blog page. We’re discussing all things electricity, standby power, generators, and more. Keep checking in to browse and enjoy our latest articles!

The Dangers Of Using A Generator Indoors

The Dangers Of Using A Generator Indoors

Recent tragic events in South Africa have cast a spotlight on generators, and how these load shedding lifesavers can potentially become lethal when operated recklessly. We thought we’d share a few of the dangers people create when using a diesel generator indoors....

Office Buildings And Backup Power Generators

Office Buildings And Backup Power Generators

You won’t hear them kick in if they’ve been installed properly, but generators can be found in many office buildings across South Africa. Some offices simply cannot afford to have the power go down at all, while others choose to have backup power for their occupants’...

7 Factors That Impact A Generator’s Price

7 Factors That Impact A Generator’s Price

Cost of raw materials used in its manufacture Operating costs of the manufacturer Fluctuating expenses along the supply chain Total power output of the generator Fuel being used to power the generator Additional soundproofing requirements Cost of installing the new...

9 Reasons Shopping Malls Need Backup Power Generators

9 Reasons Shopping Malls Need Backup Power Generators

Shopping malls have become the places we go to do just about everything these days. We can pay our bills, buy our groceries, restock our wardrobes, fix our electronic devices, and much more. The shopping centre ecosystem relies on consumers buying from the tenants,...

Diesel Generator vs. Solar Power

Diesel Generator vs. Solar Power

Solar panels have become a common sight in South Africa, propped up on the roofs of buildings from all sectors of society. Private homes, office blocks, commercial centres, and other properties are increasingly making use of solar backup power. While quite a large...

What affects a backup generator’s fuel consumption?

What affects a backup generator’s fuel consumption?

Backup generators: we don’t really think about them until load shedding kicks in. When we are using them, few of us give thought to how much fuel they are using to keep our lights and plug points working. With petrol and diesel prices skyrocketing in South Africa,...

Will load shedding still be an issue through 2022?

Will load shedding still be an issue through 2022?

For over 14 years South Africans have contended with intermittent and often short-notice power cuts, thanks to Eskom's now infamous Load Shedding strategy. As the world slowly starts to get a hold of the pandemic, economic activity is set to grow dramatically in 2022,...

Backup Generator vs. Emergency Generator

Backup Generator vs. Emergency Generator

Generators come in many shapes and sizes, with varying power generation systems. Up until recently, diesel generators have been the go-to backup generator solutions for countless South Africans. However, technology has advanced to the point where you now have options...

You’ve bought a new generator – what now?

You’ve bought a new generator – what now?

Eskom just announced that South Africa is moving into yet another period of load shedding, and you’re about to have a nervous breakdown. You decide that enough is enough now – it’s time to invest in a backup power solution that you can use to keep the lights and plugs...

Emergency Generator Services From S&A Generators

Emergency Generator Services From S&A Generators

As generator specialists, S&A Generators offers emergency generator services in addition to installation, maintenance and repairs. Our support services are designed to help you get back up and running in the event of problems such as generator failure. Operating...

How Does a Diesel Generator Work?

How Does a Diesel Generator Work?

A Diesel Generator will produce power by burning diesel fuel, a diesel generator uses a combination of a diesel engine and an electric alternator. This generator converts a portion of chemical energy within the diesel fuel, resulting in a combustion that turns into...

3 Generator Repairs We Commonly Carry Out

3 Generator Repairs We Commonly Carry Out

Generators, like any mechanical devices, are prone to degradation during their operational lives. Even those generators that stand unused for weeks every year can develop issues. At S&A Generators, we’ve seen all varieties of generator problems, and there hasn’t...

Will using a generator damage my electrical equipment?

Will using a generator damage my electrical equipment?

It’s something many home owners and business owners are investing in, but with so many on the market – which one is best for your specific building? There is always concern around whether or not a generator is installed correctly, and what the collateral household...

How to prevent diesel generator wet stacking

How to prevent diesel generator wet stacking

You might think this concept has something to do with water, but it doesn’t. Diesel generator wet stacking is an extremely common generator issue, usually showing its worst impacts after a period. The good news is that wet stacking is preventable. All you need are...

How to soundproof a diesel generator

How to soundproof a diesel generator

Where would your diesel generator score in the “Noisy Generator Olympics?” We’re guessing it would take a podium spot, and the reality is that generators are by no means quiet things when in operation. Backup power generators are becoming commonplace in private homes,...

Can a diesel generator run on biodiesel?

Can a diesel generator run on biodiesel?

Here’s a crazy fact: the first diesel engine was designed to run on peanut oil. Nuts, right? Since then, it has become more economical to fuel diesel engines with fossil-fuel diesel, available at your nearest petrol station for a cost just under that of petroleum...

Gas Generator vs Diesel Generator – A Comparison

Gas Generator vs Diesel Generator – A Comparison

In our article on a recent gas generator installation the S&A team were involved in, we briefly discuss the numerous benefits of upgrading your diesel gen-set to a gas generator system. Don’t get us wrong, ‘old faithful’ diesel generators are far from losing their...

Does servicing a generator regularly make financial sense?

Does servicing a generator regularly make financial sense?

The short answer to this question is a resounding YES, at least from the perspective of generator specialists. We’ve been working with diesel generators since long before “load shedding” was even a thing, and we’ve seen some scary things happen to generators that...

Should you try connecting a generator to a DB board yourself?

Should you try connecting a generator to a DB board yourself?

Hmmmm... Should you try connecting a generator to a DB board yourself? Reducing the load on South Africa’s national electrical supply framework has been an area of much focus in recent years. Everyone knows what “load shedding” is, and it seems to have become part and...

What happens when you overload a generator?

What happens when you overload a generator?

Generators, like any other electrical supply device, is susceptible to problems from time to time. Like motor vehicles, generator maintenance is required every so often to ensure that a generator is ready and able to provide emergency power should the lights go out...