How Many Amps Is A 3500 Watt Generator?

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With the number of amps a 3500 watt generator can generate you can figure out whether this power level is for you or what your machine can run.

In some power categories, the generator outlets limit how many amps you can draw out of the machines.

That being said, the results of the Watts = Amps x Volts are enough for 3500 watt generators since they tend to come with a 30 amp outlet (and a 120 volt limit).

With this formula, you can calculate that a 3500 peak watt generator can produce 29.17 peak amps at 120 volts.

Running watt capacity can vary but a 3500 peak watt generator with a somewhat standard 3000 running watts is able to generate 25 amps after the initial burst of power.

How many amps does a 3500 watt generator produce?

The first step in figuring out how many amps a 3500 watt generator can handle is taking the fundamental Watts = Amps x Volts.

With this and the knowledge that 3500 peak watt generators can typically “only” run 120 volts, you can calculate that these machines offer 29.17 peak amps.

However, you also need to know that these generators tend to have fewer running watts.

After the initial burst of energy, a 3500 peak watt generator with 3000 running watts would at most produce 25 amps.

It is important to note that 3500 watt generators can vary in how many running watts and in turn, running amps they offer.

Lastly, in some power categories, the generator outlets add a limit to the amps the machine can generate.

That being said, 3500 watt generators tend to come with a 30 amp outlet. In turn, the 29.17 peak amps and 25 running amps from above still apply.

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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.