POWER INVERTER FAQ SECTION
What is a Power Inverter?
There are two basic types of power: DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current). AC power is found in power lines and is what most of us have in our homes. DC power is the kind of current produced by batteries. Not all devices work using DC power, so you can’t just plug any old computer or other electronically powered device into a battery and expect it to work. This is where the power inverter comes in. A power inverter converts energy from DC current to AC current.
Reason to buy a Power Inverter?
If you plan to use a battery to power many electronic devices, you may want to invest in a power inverter. In the event of a natural disaster or long power outage and you want to be able to power up your home with backup power, a power inverter is often an important component. When hooked up to a battery which is charged by a running car engine, generator, solar or wind power, the inverter makes the electricity usable by the majority of electronic devices. Power inverters are also used when setting up solar panels off the grid, and also play a role in a recreational vehicle’s electric set-up.
What size Inverter should I buy?
Inverters are classified based on the wattage or amount electricity you’ll need it to process. The size of the inverter that you’ll need depends on the electronic devices you’ll be hooking up. Then, determine the power consumption of the devices. Finally, you should get an inverter that can handle a bit more than what you anticipate you’ll want to use. You’ll also notice that inverters list continuous watts and the peak capacity. This is because some appliances have a larger start-up need than they consume when running. For example, a drill uses more power to start than continuously when running.
What is the difference between a 12 Volt & 24 Volt Power Inverter?
The difference between these two types of inverters is the type of battery they’re intended for. A 12-volt inverter is intended to be used with a 12-volt battery, and a 24-volt power inverter is intended to be hooked up to a 24-volt battery. While 12-volt batteries are typically found in cars, 24-volt batteries are used in trucks, other large vehicles, and industrial motors.
What type of Battery should I use? Automotive or Deep Cycle?
This depends on your needs and how much power you’ll be consuming. For using a small inverter for short amounts of time (30 – 60 minutes), an automotive battery is fine. You can start the engine and run it for about 10 minutes every hour in order to recharge the battery. For higher consumption of power, above 500 watts, it’s better to use a deep cycle battery that has a higher capacity. In any case, you’ll need to recharge this battery as well, taking care to keep track of the depletion of the battery. The engine or source supporting the battery should be run every hour or so for about 10 minutes to maintain the charge.