Best Portable Generator Accessories for Christmas 2015

This is an updated post for this year. Funny thing is that there are only a few tweaks for this year. So what are the Best Portable Generator Accessories for Christmas 2015?

For you folks that have are getting a new portable generator there are a few accessories that are very popular with the in the know crowd.

For this year we’ve highlighted some quick picks for your consideration. These can be great gift ideas for the prepper, the family that is concerned about their own well begin during power outages, and those needing those RV and outdoor event extras.

Best in Class Portable Generator Accessories!

Our selected choices this year are based on popular and high ranked products that will support your generator use. .

The primary categories are listed here in the table fo contents. so lets get started.

Power Cords for Christmas 2015

Power cords provide you the means to get power from your generator to your appliances and tools. The length requirements depend on the power provided and the losses anticipated.

Do not string two cords that are barely rated for the power you plan to supply. The voltage losses can exceed the standards and your electronic equipment may suffer. Always anticipate the lengths most likely needed and buy for that rating. It pays to have both short and long cords to meet your needs. Read more and see more choices at our buyer tips page for Power Cords

Here are some of the most popular power cords in the portable generator accessories area:

L5 Power Cords

Coleman Cable 01912 25-Feet 10/3 Generator Power Cord with L5-30P Plug and 3-Outlets This 30 amp cord is great for 25 foot applications to supply power to up to three smaller appliances. For longer runs look at the Coleman Cable 09208 12/3 SJTW Twist To Lock Extension Cord, 20-Amp, 50-Foot, Yellow and the RV Power Cord 100 foot 15 amp to 30 amp Adapter with Hubbell Connector L5-30R

L14 Power Cords

Reliance Controls PC3040 40-Feet 30-Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for Up to 7500-Watt Generators is a good length for moving your generator away from your house if using for a transfer switch. A shorter one that still gives you a 10 foot clearance is  the Reliance Controls PC3020 20-Feet 30 Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for Up to 7,500-Watt Generators and for long runs the Conntek 20603 100-Feet 10/4 30-Amp 125/250-volt 4-Prong L14-30 Transfer Switch Cord/Generator Extension Cord

RV Cords

Marinco (30RPCRV) 30 Amp Right Hand Angle Locking Cord this direct for generators with a RV outlet, otherwise you may need to pick up an adapter for L14 to RV like the Camco 55272 12″ L5-30 AMP Locking 3-Prong Plug / TT-30 30 AMP Standard Receptacle PowerGrip Generator Adapteralso check out the Conntek 14364 RV 30-Amp STW 10/3 Durable Extension Cord with Straight Blade, 50-Feet and for short distance connections the Conntek 14360 RV 30 Amp 10-Foot 10/3 Bright Extension Cord

Cord Adapters and Splitters for Christmas Giving

Adapters allow you to convert from one plug type to another. One of the more common ones are RV and TT (travel Trailer) adapters. There are also L5 twist lock and L14 adapters to convert or split the available power for use.

Here are some top ones for your considerations and you can get more information at our buying tips pages for Adapters and for Splitters

There are numerous options as found on your tips pages but here are a few of the most popular and highly rated:

RV Adapter

Camco 55333 30 AMP 3-Prong Generator Adapter is a good L5 to TT adapter to get the 30 amp line up going. What also seems to be popular is the 15 amp to TT adapter like the Camco 55165 15M/30F 12″ PowerGrip Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Handle which provides enough power to use a few lights or very light appliances where total power use will stay under 1800W. Another good one is the Camco 55382 12″ 30Amp Locking 4-Prong Male / 30Amp Standard Female PowerGrip Generator Adapter

L5 to type 5 Adapter and Splitter

Coleman Cable 09084 2-Feet Generator Power Cord Adapter, 12/3 Splitter 3-way Adapter, L5-20P to (3) Lighted 5-15R is one of many options in the splitter category which provides a way to use a 20 amp twist lock and break it down to 3 standard household outlets. Just realize it’s still only 20 amps total. For 30 amp splitters for L5 check out these nice units: Coleman Cable 01915 3-Feet Generator Power Cord Adapter, 10/3 Splitter Y Adapter, L5-30P to (2) Lighted 5-20R and for going to L5 to dual L5 NEMA L5-30P to 2x L5-30R Splitter Power Cord – 10/3 SJT, 30A/125V, 22 Inches – IBX-58011

L14 to anything

Coleman Cable 01934 3-Feet Generator Power Cord Adapter, 10/4 Splitter Y Adapter, L14-30P to (2) 10/3 Lighted 5-20R for the direct connect from L14 to 5-20R providing power to a couple of high load appliances. Also we are really liking the Generator cord: 240V L14-30 to six 5-15R DEK 3 ft Twistlock Adapter or the NEMA L14-30P to 2x L5-30R Y Splitter Cord – 10 Foot, 30A, 125/250V, 10/3 AWG -Iron Box # IBX-2130-10

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Wattage Meters for Christmas Giving

Having a watt meter allow you to determine your power needs directly by testing an appliance or tool to determine how big a portable generator you might need. Many folks use them to gather real operational data for adding up total power requirements or even picking which of a few generators they may have on hand to power their needs.

This year there are a few good meters that you can give to the family for starting the preparation for emergency preparedness. Also check our post on Watt Meter and Power Meters

Reliance Controls Meters

Reliance Controls THP103 AmWatt Generator Appliance Wattage/Amps Load Tester is one of the most popular and easy to use devices for reading actually power use of appliances. Also available is the Reliance Controls MB75 Indoor 30-Amp Meter Box which is a direct whole house monitoring for each of the 120V circuits on a 240V input.

Belkin Meters

Belkin has a meter with some extra features like seeing your carbon footprint when measuring you power use. Check out specifics here:  Belkin F7C005 Conserve Insight Energy Cost Monitor

Other Options for Watt Meters

P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor is promoting the energy savings idea, but provides a direct plugin way to monitor power use. Along those same lines you can see what the  TS-836A Plug Power Meter Energy Watt Voltage Amps Meter with Electricity Usage Monitor, Reduce Your Energy Costs and the Weanas® Plug Power Meter Energy Watt Voltage Amps Meter with Electricity Usage Monitor Reduce Your Energy Costs have to offer.

Generator Covers for Winter Protection

Several Manufactures have covers that are specific to the model.This helps keep your equipment from getting overly dirty from dust settling in the air.

The name brands all have covers you can see selections here:

Here are some generic brands that come in various sizes and patterns

Classic Accessories 79537 Generator Cover, Large, Black

Another lightweight one is the Backyard Basics Generator Cover, 34 x 24 x 30 Inch and also try the Leader Accessories Water/UV Resistant Generator Cover Large

For rainy areas you may want to also consider tent or canopy options here’s a couple of good ones:

One of the neatest ideas for construction work was a way to cover your generator and avoid issues with the weather. Although the hard driven rain will get by a cover tent in light and drizzle conditions the GenTent wet weather safety canopy for portable generators is a great way to protect your equipment.

Large Canopies are also a good way to cover your generator and tools in an area. They also make for a good cover for you in other multiple uses. We like the Trademark Innovations Portable Event Canopy Tent, 10 x 10-Feetand the Palm Springs 10 X 20 White Party Tent Gazebo Canopy with Sidewallsfor top choices.

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Giving Transfer Switches for the Ultimate Preparation

If your serious this year about getting your home or cabin setup for quick connect backup power you can always give the gift of a transfer switch to get your home wired for alternate power. Our post on Reliance Controls Transfer switch has a great overview of options. And we’ve gone very in depth on the 

Reliance Controls 31410CRK Pro/Tran 10-Circuit 30 Amp Generator Transfer Switch Kit With Transfer Switch, 10-Foot Power Cord, And Power Inlet Box For Up To 8,000-Watt Generators

You can check out the details here: Review 31410 CRK.

We like this one as it’s an all in one solution to getting your house wired and operating.

Generac provides transfer switches with many of their units and can be a good choice for your needs. This Generac 6294 30-Amp 6-10 Circuit Manual Transfer Switch Kit for Portable Generators is a common option

Also consider the Generac 6376 30-Amp 6-10 Circuit Indoor Manual Transfer Switch for Maximum 7,500 Watt Generators

Summary

These are a few good choices for selecting some gift ideas around portable generator needs. Hopefully this quick pick of ideas has provided you with a few good choices if you’re in the market for a portable generator accessory gift.

Be sure to also check out the best portable generators for Christmas 2015 for getting a main unit or a secondary source this year.

If your needing to get more ideas be sure to go see more options at portable generator accessories central

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