How To Plug In A 50 Amp Generator

50 Amp Generator Plug For An Extensive Power Supply

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Are you looking to transform your RV plug into a safe and durable Powergrip? Then, it would be best if you gave the Camco PowerGrip replacement plug a try.

The 50 Amp generator plug has a robust design that replaces the male end of a 50 Amp RV cable; it can accept from 10 to 10 gauge wires. It has a nice build quality and a removable slide that allows you to use smaller wire gauges, but you can still refer to the micrometer measurement to get the exact measurements of wires that suit.

If you have construction, you can use it since it is safe and reliable for construction. The replacement plug has a housing constructed using UV-resistant Polycarbonate and high-quality components to be highly durable and weather resistant. It is also listed with CSA.

The Camco Powergrip 50 Amp is highly conductive with a sleek design; it is rated 50 Amp 125/250 volts. It consists of a design constructed with high terminals and blades that offer extreme conductivity apart from their sleek design and features.

It also features a hassle-free power grip plug; this power grip handle eliminates frustrations by assisting you to safely and conveniently grip, plug and unplug the male and female receptacle without any damages or straining the cord.

The good news is that you can quickly install the 50 amp plug through a step-by-step guide for plug replacement installation that comes with the package when you purchase.

Benefits Of Using A 50 Amp Generator Plug

Using a generator plug is very important as it prevents the generator from being connected to incoming power directly. If you fail to use a generator plug on your 50 amp generator, you can pose a danger to your POCO workers, and this can lead you to financial liability. The interlock can be in the form of a mechanical device depending on the local requirements.

If not, it can be installed on your electrical panel to prevent the POCO power and the generator power from being connected to the panel simultaneously. It can also assume the form of a transfer switch, disconnect the selected circuits from the electrical panel, and then connect them directly to the generator.

You can also use the 50 amp plug connection to transfer the switch interlock. If the RV and the generator boxes are for a 50 amp generator, they will do the job efficiently, but it will not be safe or code compliant. The RV receptacle is a female receptacle that needs a double male connection cord to the generator inlet, which is not a safe method to go with. Also, the generator receptacle is a male plug that requires a female plug from the generator cord to connect with. The good thing is that all 50 amps are the same as long as you use the cable provided with your RV. The 50 amp plug is a NEMA 145 plug that can fit all 5 amp receptacles. The wiring scheme uses 240 VAC, where each terminal is supplied with 120 VAC.

You can also use the 50 amp generator plugin running home appliances such as ovens, hairdryers, air conditioners and multiple lights at once. The breaker can handle a high voltage capacity of up to 12000 watts while running in a 240V circuit.

How To Plug In A 50 Amp Generator

We use amps to measure the power cords; the larger the amps, the more electricity the cord can handle. For instance, a 50 amp power cord is way thicker than a 30 amp power cord; thus, it can handle a high voltage. To succeed in plugging in your generator, you have to select a power cord that matches the most powerful outlet on your generator. For example, if your outlet is 50 amps, you need to use a 50 amp power cord.

50 Amp Generator Plug For An Extensive Power Supply

The plugs are designed and shaped differently to prevent electrical overload. If you have a 50 amp outlet, you should pay special attention to the shape of the outlet. Also, having a 50 amp outlet on your portable generator will have you purchase a special power cord with two different ends. You will fit the straight male plug into the generator and the twist-lock female connector into a power inlet box or a transfer switch.

Factors To Consider When Buying An Amp Generator Plug

1. Voltage

Voltage is the intensity of electricity generated by the power from the battery, power grid or any source of power. It is measured in volts denoted as the letter V.

You can use 110-120 plugs to repair common household appliances, pigtails and extension cords. If you want a higher voltage, you can use the 240 V plugs. You can use these plugs in heavy-duty industrial applications and generators.

2. Amperage And Wattage

We measure current using amperage; a current is a charge that moves within a component. When you want to buy a replacement plug, ensure that its amperage rating is the same as the old plug you were using. The amperage rating contributes massively to how much wattage will be produced, so going for those with a higher voltage is better.

3. Wattage

The amount of power that your generator consumes is called wattage. To find out the wattage of your generator, you can multiply its voltage with its amperage rating. To determine your amperage ratings, you can use the following tips:


The plugs that are rated between the range of 240 and 1800 watts for a 120 volt have a 15 Amp circuit while those with 1800 watts have a maximum of 15 Amp circuit, but based on 120 volts.

You can also compare the amperage ratings of your plug to the ratings of its NEMA code; the NEMA codes are often indicated on the replacement plug. The general rule is that it should have the same amount of wattage when it yields the same amperage rating.

4. NEMA Codes

If you buy a new plug or a receptacle, it always has a NEMA code written on it. NEMA is the abbreviation for National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The codes are standardized for plugs and receptacles to make it easier for consumers to distinguish between different voltages and amperage. These NEMA codes can help you prevent dangerous combinations of amperage and voltage that lead to short circuits, electrical fires and even electrocution.

Most common plugs are rated between 125V TO 600 V with amps ranging from 15 to 60. They are also grouped by single-phase or three-phase, but with common generators, the single-phase is important since it limits what level you should know about the receptacles and plugs.


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Frequently Asked Questions On The 50 amp Generator Plug.

1. What Is The Benefit Of Having A 50 amp Generator Plug?

With a 50 Amp generator plug, you can power some electricals that a 30 Amp generator plug cant. A 50 amp generator powers up to 12000 watts of electricity while a 30 one powers only 7000 watts. For instance, you can power a central air conditioner with your 50 amp generator that a 30 amp cannot. However, the 50 amp generator plugs are quite expensive than the 30 ones. In addition, the 30 amp plugs can only power the 240V outlet. All in all, the bigger the amp size, the better; if you are going for the 50 amp size generator plug, make sure the generator has a 50 amp output and has watts higher than 8000.

2. What Is The Difference Between 30 and 50 Amp Plugs?

There are two plugs in RVs, the 30 amp service and the 50 amp service; these two amps differ in design. The 30 amp plug features are three prongs that specify a 120-volt hot wire, neutral, and ground wire. The 30 amp plug is normally used on RVs with low load requirements.

On the other hand, a 50 amp plug has four prongs; the two are for 120-volt hot wires, one for a neutral wire and a ground wire. The ground wire separates two 50 amps, and 120 volt feeds. A 50 amp service will provide a maximum of 12000 watts compared to a 30 amp plug that will not receive more power than 3600 watts. Even if you use a 50 amp Rv adaptor on a 30 amp plug, it will still be limited to 3600 watts.

3. Is A 50 amp RV plug a 110 or 220?

A 50 amp RV plug is not any of the above. An RV plug normally has two prongs that bear 120 V each. The two parts of the plug are usually separated to produce 120V to total up to 240V. If it has four prongs, it will be considered 220 Volts.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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