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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!

How to soundproof a diesel generator

How to soundproof a diesel generator

Are you looking to make your generator less noisy, or soundproof it completely? 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...

Empowering Your Home: The Synergy of Solar Panels and Generators

Empowering Your Home: The Synergy of Solar Panels and Generators

Eskom has unfortunately proven its unreliability over the past twenty-plus years. Their current situation holds a heap of challenges. With backlogged maintenance system failures and power stations that are years behind schedule, Eskom simply cannot produce the load of...

Top 10 Generator Maintenance Tips for 2024

Top 10 Generator Maintenance Tips for 2024

As 2024 draws closer, you're probably working on plans to ensure the new year is successful. One item that should be at the top of your list is your generator's health! Eskom recently announced that loadshedding is projected to be worse than it has ever been in the...

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...

5 Crucial Safety Tips for Generator Use Over The Holiday Season

5 Crucial Safety Tips for Generator Use Over The Holiday Season

The festive season is a time of joy, laughter, and togetherness. Some would say it's the most crucial time of the year to keep the lights shining! If you haven't invested in a generator, now is a great time to purchase one – especially if you expect people over. If...

The Grim Prognosis of Load Shedding in South Africa

The Grim Prognosis of Load Shedding in South Africa

In a disheartening update from South Africa's electricity minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, delivered a sobering message to the nation: there will be no quick fix to the ongoing issue of load shedding. As the country grapples with Stage 6 power cuts, a prognosis for...

Which Generator Brand Should I Choose?

Which Generator Brand Should I Choose?

Choosing the right generator brand can be a daunting task, especially with the multitude of options available in the market. Whether you're preparing for power outages, looking to support your business operations, or planning for outdoor adventures, selecting a...

Decoding the Signs: Is It Time to Replace Your Generator?

Decoding the Signs: Is It Time to Replace Your Generator?

In a country where loadshedding is often topped with more unpredictable power outages having a reliable generator is a must for homeowners and property owners. Generators can be your saving grace, ensuring the lights stay on and essential appliances keep running. But...

How Important Are Generators For The Industrial Sector?

How Important Are Generators For The Industrial Sector?

South Africa's industrial sector is the backbone of the nation's economy, driving growth and providing employment opportunities. However, it faces numerous challenges, including frequent power outages due to load shedding, unpredictable weather conditions, as well as...

Can Generators Cause Damage to Electronics?

Can Generators Cause Damage to Electronics?

Living in South Africa comes with its own set of challenges, but we're a resilient bunch. As the country battles with frequent load shedding, South Africans have grown accustomed to using alternative power sources like generators to get on with life. But because we...

Can You Run A Generator Continuously?

Can You Run A Generator Continuously?

Loadshedding has become a frustrating reality that's here to stay for the foreseeable future. But it's not just a matter of being without power - it can also be incredibly disruptive and pose risks to our electronic devices and appliances. Without a backup power...

Is It Safe To Run A Generator In The Rain?

Is It Safe To Run A Generator In The Rain?

Can I run a generator in the rain? It's a question that many South Africans have asked themselves during power outages caused by inclement weather or load shedding. While the answer is not a straightforward "yes" or "no," there are important safety precautions to...

Where Should A Diesel Or Petrol Generator Be Placed?

Where Should A Diesel Or Petrol Generator Be Placed?

South Africans are a bunch of resilient people, and we usually get through the storm together. But Eskom’s snip-snapping the loadshedding schedule is enough to let the best of us go off our rockers! Luckily, there’s always a silver lining. Backup electricity solutions...

Can You Fill A Generator While It’s Running?

Can You Fill A Generator While It’s Running?

Backup diesel or petrol generators come in many shapes and sizes, but one common thread that runs through all of them is that, from time to time, they will need their fuel tanks to be refilled. Yes, you can fill a generator while it’s running, but the real question is...

How To Extend The Life Of Your Generator

How To Extend The Life Of Your Generator

You can extend the life of your generator by investing in a generator cover, booking planned generator maintenance, checking the generator’s oil levels often, inspecting the battery just as often, and giving your generator a good cleaning from time to time. We’re...

Why Generators Are Basically Portable Power Stations

Why Generators Are Basically Portable Power Stations

Power stations are those little brick buildings with steel doors you see at the entrance to any suburb in South Africa. They are connected to the national power grid, and help to distribute electricity to the houses in each neighbourhood. Portable power stations,...

Why Every Hospital Needs A Standby Generator

Why Every Hospital Needs A Standby Generator

Hospitals are such important institutions in our society, and the life-saving technologies found in modern hospitals require constant electricity to remain operational and impactful. Standby generators are there when the power grid goes down and can ensure that...

How Do You Troubleshoot A Generator?

How Do You Troubleshoot A Generator?

If your generator is looking, sounding, or performing in a way that concerns you, it might be time to troubleshoot it. So, how do you troubleshoot a generator? Troubleshooting involves looking at a number of potential causes of an issue, ticking them off as you go...

What Is The Loudest Type Of Generator?

What Is The Loudest Type Of Generator?

Let’s face it: backup power generators aren’t the quietest devices around. This becomes painfully apparent when load shedding strikes and you hear them powering up around your otherwise quiet neighbourhood. The good news? No matter the generator, there are many...

8 Signs You Need A Diesel Generator Mechanic

8 Signs You Need A Diesel Generator Mechanic

Like all internal combustion engines, there’s a lot that can go wrong with a diesel generator’s engine. With so many moving parts under immense levels of pressure, it’s no wonder diesel engines break down from time to time. As diesel generator repair specialists, we...