The Origin of Generators – A Brief History

There is an interesting history connected to the creation and use of generators. In 1831 Michael Faraday made what would be the predecessor to our modern generator. The rotating disk in “Faraday’s disk” proved to all that mechanical energy could be converted to magnetic energy. Although his discovery was great, the magnetic energy was unstable. Still this discovery opened the floodgates to other scientists to make a usable, functioning generator.


A top of the line generator like the Yamaha 4-Stroke generator was beyond the realm of possibility of innovators like Faraday. Today’s generators come with things like inverters which help fuel efficiency and help run different devices. Today’s generators run on gasoline, liquid propane or natural gas whereas vintage generators needed a “Faraday’s disk”, electrically charged plates and electrically charged plates to fuel them.

The Dynamo generator was the first of its kind to be able to provide energy to companies and businesses that would need it. Its large size and inefficiency had it falling out of favor. Although it produced twenty-one hundred watts of power, it took 1400 RPM’s to produce it.

With the flip of a switch today’s generators can easy pump out up to 5000 watts of power. Today’s generators are used on remote construction sites to provide power for electric tools and to even power radios and computers. Large generators are used in hospitals to keep critical life-saving machines pumping. Large generators are used in business in the case of power outages that extend for days.

Generators like the Yamaha 4-Stroke has every modern attachment imaginable. There is a remote for easily switching the machine on and off. There is a gauge to tell you how much fuel you have used and how much you have yet to use. There is a feature that shuts off the generator if the oil runs too low.

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One of the complaints about generators is that though efficient, they are very noisy to operate and unattractive look at. In the 1800’s individuals were too excited about their new discovery to care about the noise that the machine put out.

It was all a fair exchange for generated energy. Today’s generators are practically noiseless energy machines. Part of the fun of this Yamaha generator is that it is very nice to look at. A snappy cobalt blue color beats the hulking metal machine generators of the past.