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Reliance Controls Power Transfer Switch Kit for Portable Generators (6 Circuit)

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Safest Way to Distribute Power
Eliminates dangerous backfeeds and electrical overloads

Everything But the Electrican
Pre-wired transfer switch, power inlet box and 10 ft. cord

30-Amp AND 20-Amp Compatible
Designed for 30-Amps, includes interchangeable 20-Amp plugs

6 Total Circuits
Four 1-Pole (15-Amps) and One 2-Pole (20-Amps)

UL Listed
Certified for use by Underwriter Laboratories


Model
  Model Number:31406CRK
 UPC:851890000034
 Manufacturer Name:Reliance Controls
 Made in USA:Yes
 Maximum Wattage:7,500 Watts
 Voltage:120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Rated Amps:60/30 Amps
 Max Generator Input:30 Amps
 Cord Length:10 ft
 Wire Gauge:10 Gauge
 Conduit Length:18
 Enclosure:NEMA 1R
 Circuits:4  - 15A/120V
1  - 20A/240V
 Circuit Breaker Protection:Each Circuit
 Circuits Breakers:6
 UL Listed:Yes
Overview
 Weight:15 Lbs. (6.80 kilograms)
 Dimensions:7.5"L x 7"W x 4.5"H
(19.05 x 17.78 x 11.43 cm)
 Warranty:5 Years
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Outlets
NEMA L14-20R
NEMA L14-30R

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Q: Hi Mike,

I have a B&S 3500 (eSeries, formerly available from your website) generator. Would you recommend the Reliance Model 31406CRK for this generator? My hope would be to power my oil-fired boiler and 1-2 other critical outlets during an outage. Since this transfer switch supports 30 amps as well, presumably it would work if I upgrade the generator sometime down the road? Thanks for your advice.

by Ian Proffer from Massachusetts on October 14, 2013

A: Thank you for the inquiry!

The Briggs & Stratton generator in reference is fitted with a 20 amp, 4-prong twist locking receptacle. This connection, the L14-20R will not be capable of connecting directly to the Reliance Controls 30 amp power inlet box, PB30 due to this unique connection.

Through the use of the 31406CRK kit, you will be able to use the 20 amp cord adapter to create a compatible power cord. This will allow you to power your desired circuits as well as accommodate a larger generator in the future.


by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I have this Briggs and Stratton 1600w/2000w inverter generator. Can't I have a 6 circuit manual transfer switch installed and just select one circuit at a time to power one (run circuit for sump pump, then turn it off and then turn to gen the circuit for furnace, etc,) I have limited space and a back problem that's why I can only use a smaller generator. I look forward to your help
by Marty Meyers from New Jersey on October 13, 2013

A: Thank you for your inquiry....

Your best option would be to go with a manual transfer switch and then manage the loads you need. However, since your generator only outputs 120V you would require a 120V only type transfer switch.

The following model would be recommended as it offers the most circuits and gives the most flexibility....

6 Circuit 120V Manual Transfer Switch

Or you can go with the next size down to save in cost....

4 Circuit 120V Manual Transfer Switch

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can I use this with Honda EU3000i Handi generator?
by Roy from New Jersey on September 06, 2013

A: Thank you for your interest in Electric Generators Direct!

The Honda EU3000 Handi is fitted with a 30A 120V high voltage connection. As such, this transfer switch and inlet box will not be compatible accessories. We would suggest that your review of our 120v products for compatible equipment.

We feature two good options for transfer switches. Either the indoor switch,
30114A or the outdoor equivalent, 30114B

Now all you will need is a 10' 30-amp 3-prong power cord; PC3110.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can the 240v circuit breaker be divided into 2 20 amp 120 circuits by removing the jumper shown in the picture?
by Bill from New York on September 26, 2012

A: Yes, you can make the 20A 240V circuits into 2 - 20A 120V circuits.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I am wondering if this transfer witch is compatible with all generators with a 30 amp 120/240 volt outlet. My generator is the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder 5500 watt model number 030430-2 and I want to make sure that there is not an issue with the neutral and that the generator is compatible. Also my circuit breaker panel has the ground and neutral on the same bus.
by Andrew from Massachusetts on September 04, 2012

A: Your generator has a bonded neutral. It will work with the 6 circuit manual switch. The only time the bonding makes any difference with manual switches is when connecting GFI circuits in the home. They tend to nuisance trip when connected to a bonded neutral generator. The solution is to buy a transfer switch, like the Reliance "x" series that transfers the neutral as well as the hots.

Again, if you are wiring up lights/fridge/furnace fan/sump pumps you will be fine. If you add a kitchen outlet or bath outlet (near sinks and GFI) to the manual switch then you may experience the nuisance tripping.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can I use this transfer switch with a 4kW generator that has a NEMA L5-30 outlet? If not, what transfer switch could I use?

by David Guevara from Oregon on August 06, 2012

A: The 31406CRK is a 120/240V type transfer switch and will not work properly with your 120V only output.

The following switch is recommended and unfortunately it is not available in a kit so you would purchase each item individually....

Gen-Tran 300660 Manual 120V Transfer Switch

Gen-Tran 30A Inlet Box - 120V

30A 3-Prong 120V Cord

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: The conduit whip shows going to the right, can you rotate it to go to left?
by Greg Santise from New York on July 30, 2012

A: Yes, you can turn the whip to accommodate left or right mounting.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: When I use this transfer switch, do I still need to shut off the main breaker to prevent feeding the main power lines?
by Jacob from Minnesota on May 23, 2012

A: No, the manual transfer switch properly disconnects you from the utility power so you do not need to turn off your main breaker.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I have a home theater system in my living room that I want to power during outages; I have been informed, however, that due to power fluctuations caused by generators - in my case, a Troy-Bilt model 01919; 5500-watt - damage to the electronics may result, and this is not recommended.

Can you advise?

by R L Bagwell from Virginia on July 24, 2011

A: Any sensitive electronics should only be powered by an inverter style generator which produces true 120V output. The largest model we offer is the Honda EU6500ISA which is a 5500 watt model or the Honda EM5000IS which is also a 4500 watt model. See links for additional info:

EM5000IS

EU6500ISA

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I read in your review about an 8000 watts generator being ok to use.... how about an 8500 watt???
by Paul Virag from Ohio on March 12, 2011

A: With this being a 30A system the max wattage you can run through it is 7500 watts. However, when properly sizing a generator you want to size it to 80% of the generators running capacity so when a large load kicks in the unit has enough flexibility to handle it without sacrificing voltage. So, yes a 8500 watt generator will work great with this transfer switch kit.
by Mike, Product Expert
Reliance Controls 31406CRK Reviews & Ratings
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Quality
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Performance
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Value
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Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Easy Install (1)
I'd Buy It Again (7)
Easy To Use (6)
Durable (4)
Features (2)
Cons
Expensive (2)
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These indoor surface mount transfer switches are designed for fast installation in residential and commercial applications. The 18-inch flexible conduit whip attaches easily to the load center and all wires are clearly marked. Simply select the circuits needed in an emergency and connect them to the wire leads.

This model feature a rugged powder-coated steel cabinet with six combination 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch knockouts, resettable branch rated circuit breakers and non-defeatable double-throw... more
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Renton F.
Pendleton, OR
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/13
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Reliance Controls Power Transfer Kit For Portable Generators
Easy to install, Video very good.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Durable, Features
Renton Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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Douglas H.
Westland, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/17/14
REVIEWED
NOV.
07
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Everything You Need
This kit included everything you need to complete this task. Great price and fast delivery. Thank you.
Douglas Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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Antonio M.
Rumford, RI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/12/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
03
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A+++++++++
My customers like it and that's very good. I only install safe and reliable equipment.
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive
Antonio Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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80
Jim H.
Williston, ND
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/9/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
30
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Was All I Had Expected
Was an easy install, once i got my own wiring mess straighten out in my breaker box. Comes with easy instructional video, would buy again.
Pros: Durable, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Easy Install
Jim Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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David H.
Quinlan, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/11/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Everything You Need To Hook Up Your Generator
Counting figuring out what circuits to put on the generator and then finding which breaker controls them, I had my generator wired to my house in about 4 hours with this kit. The only regret I have is that I should have bought an eight-circuit version, instead of the six-circuit unit. Although six circuits seemed appropriate for a 40 amp generator, actual use in my situation indicates eight circuits would be a better choice.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
David Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
David Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Tapped a few keys on my laptop, and the kit showed up at my front door a few days later!"
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Dan F.
Silver Spring, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/24/10
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quick And Easy
Second transfer switch I have installed, and the instructions were dead on. Took me about an hour, counting fitting location support bd and connecting it all. I am not an electrician but I worked as Jr Electrician 40 years ago and understand how to deal with power (still alive). I did the install with main's cut off and it was just 2-wires per circuit. Finding the best knock out to attach was the most time consuming and I was spanning 2 - 200a boxes so there was some cross ties needed. Other... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Durable, Fast
Dan Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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Laurence K.
Pearl River, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/6/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
On The Safe Side
Very pleased with item.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Laurence Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
Laurence Would Recommend Electric Generators Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Haven't used it long enough to rate it properly. But it started with out any trouble and runs well,it is a little loud."
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Steve B.
Catonsville, MD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/4/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Must Have For Emergency Portable Generator
Saves tremendous amount of time and effort over stringing multiple extension cords during a power outage.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Durable, High Quality
Steve Recommends This Reliance Controls Product
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Jeff G
Fair Lawn, NJ
Total Reviews
6 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
65 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Solid And Reliable Transfer Switch At A Great Price
Let's face it, more and more homeowners are realizing that not having an alternate means to power your house is just not possible. Those of us who have lost electricity in the past 2-3 years for days and sometimes weeks are looking at affordable, safe, and reliable ways to assure our homes will continue to be comfortable and secure while we wait for public utilities to come back on line.
Last summer I purchased a 6000w portable generator but realized I would need a transfer switch to properly... more
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Carl K.
Vermilion, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
12
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Installation
The installation was simple and straight forward. Anyone comfortable with their basic wiring skills can do it easily. Running the cable from inlet box to transfer box was the most difficult part of the installation. Had to push 60' of 10 ga through an overhead space. Cable stiffness made it easier than I anticipated. Operation of the transfer switch is so easy that my wife got it the first time I showed her.
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Roy
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/18/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
12
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Time To Upgrade
I had been using an old 'pull-start' generator that never let me down but I had extension cords run all over the house. At 83, I figured it was time to upgrade to an electric start generator and wire things a bit more permanently. The transfer switch was exactly as advertized and the instructions were very clear. The installation went perfectly. In fairness, I had a bit of an electrical background but anyone handy with tools and an understanding of the concept should have no problem... more
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