How Many Amps Can A 5500 Watt Generator Run?

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From a practical perspective, most 5500 watt generators will only come with 30 amp outlets.

In that sense, you can say a 5500 watt generator can typically run 30 amps.

That being said, if you have one of the unusual models with a 50 amp outlet, you can use the Watts = Amps x Volts formula to calculate how much of this amp capacity you will actually be able to draw out of the outlet.

By applying this formula to some of the standard volt requirements, you can conclude that these unusual 5500 watt generators would be able to run 22.92 amps at 240 volts, 25 amps at 220 volts, or 45.83 amps at 120 volts.

How many amps does a 5500 watt generator use?

How many amps a 5500 watt generator uses depends on the capacity of the outlets and the devices you use.

In general, the outlets 5500 watt generators tend to come with offer a maximum of 30 amps.

How many amps of these the 5500 watt generators actually use will depend on the devices you connect.

For example, just plugging your phone into the USB outlet of your 5500 watt generator will typically not use more than 1.5 amps.

If you don’t take the outlet limitations into account, you can make some theoretical calculations with the Watts = Amps x Volts formula too.

How many amps is 5500 watts at 120 volts?

Running 5500 watts at 120 volts would come down to around 45.83 amps.

In the context of 5500 watt generators specifically, the outlets available will typically be only able to deal with 30 amps.

That being said, there are also stronger generators with 50 amp outlets that will have no issues generating 5500 watts.

How many amps is 5500 watts at 240 volts?

Similarly, running 5500 watts at 240 volts would come down to about 22.92 amps.

Since 5500 watt generators often come with at least one outlet that offers 240 volts, this is a more realistic scenario for a machine like this.

Again, there are also generators available that offer more power than this.

Will a 5500 watt generator run a 50 amp RV?

When figuring you what you can run off a 5500 watt generator, you may also wonder whether this power level will run a 50 amp RV.

There are conditions but a 5500 watt generator will generally be able to run at least some devices in a 50 amp RV.

The first condition is that you will likely need a 30 amp to 50 amp adapter since many 5500 watt generators only have 30 amp outlets.

As you can expect, this reduction in amps the 50 amp RV can actually draw from the outlet will make it so you could potentially not be able to run big devices with big amp requirements like certain AC models.

Secondly, the electrical devices inside of your 50 amp RV can still not exceed the 5500 watts of power.

Even if your air conditioning system does not need more than 50 amps, you still need to stay within the watt limits.

That also means the number of electrical devices you want to run in your 50 amp RV at the same time will matter.

You will want to figure out the exact numbers for your situation.

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Mats is the founder and head editor of Generator Decision. With a combination of critical thinking, tireless research, and a healthy interest in electronics he helps people find the right generators and how to use these. At this point in the journey, Mats has done research on hundreds of portable generators.