Frequently Asked Question
What Kind of Inverter do I need?
What kind of inverter do I need? The type and size of
depends on your application. To determine this you must first calculate
the maximum amount of load you will be running on the inverter at one
There are basically four size ranges of inverters. The
first is 50-300
watts; these are small portable inverters. These inverters are ideal
laptops, small lights and other minimal draw AC loads.
The next size range is 300-800 watts. These are also
and still have the outlets on the front of the inverter. This size
is good for small microwaves and other small appliances.
The third range is from 800-2000 watts. These units
usually have battery
chargers built into them. Your can recharge your batteries with utility
power or generator power. They are also great for powering medium size
AC loads, or running multiple smaller loads at one time. These units
typically permanently installed.
The final inverter grouping is a permanently installed
2,000-11,000 watts. They function much like small generators, yet are
silent in operation. They are great for your larger loads, such as
The other question that needs to be answered when
selecting an inverter
is the type of wave form. If you are running sensitive electronic
like fax machines, laser printers or high tech stereo equipment you
a sine wave inverter. A sine wave inverter has a wave form that is very
similar to the form of grid electricity. Other options may include
sine wave, which is fine for items that are not supersensitive to clean
power. You may experience a humming sound when powering clocks, and
radios on a modified sine wave inverter