Why Generators Have Locking Outlets

Posted by Stephanie Junek on

Have you noticed that most high-power generator receptacles (outlets) are the locking style?  There are reasons for this type of outlet is commonly installed into generators.  Many items that need temporary power require locking style outlets.  This is not a coincidence.  This is largely due to safety. 

When working with a generator as your power source you will find that it is easy for your plug to come loose and lose power.  Generators will shake and don’t always run smoothly meaning if you don’t have a locking plug your power could be interrupted. 

If you are using your generator to power your tools and/or equipment that moves around on a job site, campground, or back yard it is common for you to unplug your power from its source while walking around.  Then you have to go back and forth to turn the power back on. 

Safety and convenience are important when you need back up, emergency power, or when you are powering a job site.  Keeping these things in mind we would like to share with you some of the many locking adapters we have for generator use. 

ADVL1420520 VDUO Generator Adapter allowing you to get two regular T-blade outlets from one Locking generator outlet.  We offer this type of adapter in many different configurations if you search V-DUO on our website. 

ADVL1420520 power generator adapter

ADL520520 compact adapters allow you to turn your locking style generator outlet into many other outlets.  You will use this type of adapter as a temporary solution keeping you from having to hire an electrician to replace the outlet in your generator.

PRO TIP: Many generator warranties will be void if you replace the receptacle (outlet) within your generator. 

ADL520520 compact adapter

L530L1430-018 is a flexible adapter with a heavy-duty cord connecting the necessary outlet to your generator by way of an adapter giving you extra flexibility when working in tough to reach spaces.  This adapter style also gives you a little bit of extra length when needed. 


L520520-096 is an 8-foot long cord turning your generator’s locking outlet into a regular style T-blade outlet and giving you the extra length you need to get the job done. 


L1430PR is a locking plug extension cord for your generator giving you the length you need to plug in your equipment on a job site or when in need of emergency power and want the safety of keeping your generator further from your home.

L1430PR locking extension cord

We have provided you with just a sampling of the many generator options we have available on our site.  If you are looking for a solution you cannot find here don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our knowledgeable sales staff members and utilize the FREE consultation.  We want to help you get the job done right the first time. 

Stephanie Junek Marketing Manager

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