We had freezing rain for a couple days and our juice went out. This time,
only 9 hours for us. Across the street, they were off for 35 hours. The
last time I used the generator, I ran it for 7 days to the hour.
I have a generator (5000 watt) out in the shop that I can tie into the 240 V
main panel via a back feed from the shop through the welder breaker. I trip
the main 200 amp breaker in from the pole so as to not feed the whole
neighborhood or knock some lineman off a pole and that makes my whole panel
hot. No, there's not enough juice to run everything at once but I can light
any light in the house or run TV etc. You just need to be a little
discriminatory as to how much you turn on at once. Example running the
microwave, I reached over and turned the crock pot off.
Finally I'm getting to the question. Does anyone know how critical cycling
is? My clocks gained a little over 2 min during the 9 hour run so the cycle
must be a little fast. Maybe 61 cycle? How critical is that for something
as fussy as a computer for example?"
Most if not all electronics run on DC. Other than a clock, most other
electical devices are resistance type-light bilbs and crock pots- that are
not sensitive to cyclic rate. I run my generator the same way as you,
plugging into a 50 amp welder receptacle in my barn. I have a 4500 watt unit
and it will run the house as normal except I turn off the electric water