Installation / initial set-up, Planning the power load – North Star M165951C User Manual

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Installation / Initial Set-Up


2. Planning the Power Load

Plan your power load so that you do not exceed the generator’s rated capacity.

See the “Power Load Planning & Management” section of this manual to review how to plan and
manage power loads for the generator.

3. Set-up either as a BUILDING BACK-UP or PORTABLE Power Source

This generator is designed to provide up to 7200W

of continuous electrical power. It can supply

electricity in two ways:

1. As a back-up, standby power source for a building. For this application, you must arrange

for a licensed electrician to connect the generator to your building’s electrical system via the
installation of an UL-approved transfer switch. The transfer switch must be installed in
accordance with building electrical code and guidelines supplied by your power company.

2. As a portable power source. You can plug appliances or tools directly into the generator’s

electrical outlets.

Specific requirements for each are given below.

Note: Regardless of whether you use your generator as a back-up power source connected to a

building or as a portable power source, you must not overload the generator. Overloading
may cause serious damage to the generator and attached electrical devices.

Using as a
Back-up Power
Source for a

Contact a licensed electrician to install an UL-approved transfer switch if
you want to use your generator as a back-up power source for a building.

What does a transfer switch do? It:

a) Safely connects the generator to your building’s electrical system by

isolating your generator from your utility company’s power lines,

b) Connects your generator to a critical subset of your building’s circuits

that are needed for emergency power needs.

If your generator will be connected to your building’s electrical system, it
MUST ALWAYS be isolated from the utility power grid with a UL-approved
transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician
in compliance with all
applicable building and electrical codes, and in accordance with guidelines
supplied by your power company.


A transfer switch must be installed in order to isolate your
generator from the utility power grid. If your generator is NOT
properly isolated from the utility system, serious hazards will arise:

When your generator is running, it’s output will back feed into
the utility power line and transformer that are normally used to
provide you with power. The transformer will step up the
current to the normal line voltage. An unsuspecting utility line
worker working on what he thinks is a deactivated line could
be electrocuted.