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How to Choose a Shaved Ice Business Generator

How to Choose a Shaved Ice Business Generator

What generator do I need? We get this question a lot! Generators can be a valuable asset to have when operating a mobile shaved ice stand. There are important things to consider when purchasing a generator. Choosing a generator can be determined in a few steps.

First, determine what equipment requires a power supply. Think of everything and don’t leave out a single light bulb. Every electrical appliance is required to have a rating label. Next, find the rating labels on each appliance and add up the total watts that each one requires.

EXAMPLE

Snowie 1000 Shaved Ice Machine 1680 Watts
Hot Water System 1500 Watts
14.4 cu. ft. Commercial Chest Freezer 116 Watts
Fluorescent Lighting 172 Watts
Total: 3468 Watts

The mobile stand in the example runs on a total of 3468 Watts. However, certain appliances require additional power to start up. As a rule of thumb, we suggest multiplying the total amount of Watts needed by 1.5 to account for the start-up power. Once you do the math, you will know the output needed from a generator to operate your shaved ice stand.

Lastly, go back to the example and add up the total wattage and multiply it by 1.5, this mobile stand would require a generator capable of producing 5202 Watts of power (3468 Watts x 1.5 = 5202).

If you’re not plugging your equipment directly to the generator, you will need to use extension cords. I love this guide on how to choose extension cords by Home Depot. The charts provided will help you – pay close attention to the cord length, cord gauge, equipment amperage, designation letters.

If you have any additional questions that we did not answer here, you may need to speak with a certified electrician in your local community.

*The Watts provided in the example are for educational purposes only. Always refer to the electrical rating label on your appliance for exact wattage. Always follow the maximum output wattage on the extension cord label.

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