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Throttle on generator question

Hello, I have a Porter Cable 7500 watt generator (B&S Vanguard engine). The engine has a throttle control and also an Idle Controle switch (which is "off" as the manual it says not to use if you're using a Refridgerator/TV on the generator). May be a basic question, but how do I determine what the throttle should be set to? I currently have it running on full, but with only a fridge and freezer plugged in. Is there a general rule of thumb what the throttle should be set to, what i should listen for, etc...? Thanks!

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The idle control switch allows the generator to go into idle when there is no demand form the appliances connected. This saves gas and increases the life of the generator. Damage can occur for some appliances like a refrigerator/freezer because the voltage and frequency are not prepared for the load resulting in a low voltage bad startup that will damage the appliance. Suggest that you leave the idle control switch off while any motor/electronic devices are connected.

The throttle control is likely a choke function for starting. These generators are designed for only one running speed to produce the necessary 60 cycles per second and voltage.
The following link is to a Canadian web site that later in the detail report describes the concern of idle control. In addition it provides good insight to the operation and use of portable generators

Hope this helps?
Understanding Portable Generators

The user manual see pages:

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