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Also called a dynamo, a generator is a machine that produces electrical power from mechanical power. While the mechanical power can be generated in a number of ways, often a generator uses a gasoline or diesel engine to produce electricity to power other devices. Generators are a common method of generating electricity in remote or undeveloped areas, or when someone wants to remain off the power grid.

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