The short answer is - An inverter generator converts electricity in order to provide pure, cleaner and safer power for sensitive appliances / equipment. It is more compact, quiet, and energy efficient than a traditional generator, and comes at a higher price for premium models.
Now let’s break down in more detail how inverter generators work, as well as how to choose them properly.
Traditional generators are effective sources of electricity but the quality it produces is unstable. On the other hand, the electricity you get from an inverter generator is cleaner and more stable. Appliances that you use on the daily like hair dryers, lamps, electric stoves, kettles – these aren’t sensitive to the quality of electricity used to power them. This is why in the past, using traditional generators for home appliances is common. But nowadays, many appliances that you use like computers, phones and power tools are very sensitive. So using traditional generators to power them is dangerous and can cause damage to these devices.
How does an inverter generator work ..?
An inverter generator works by converting AC electric current into DC electric current and then inverting it back to AC to create a cleaner wave of electricity. This is called a pure sine wave, and will give so power fluctuations so an inverter generator is ideal for sensitive equipment etc
What is the main difference between an inverter generator and a normal traditional generator..?
Weight & Size - An inverter generator are a lot lighter and more compact in size compared to a traditional generator
Fuel Efficiency - An inverter generator’s higher fuel efficiency. It can adjust the speed of its engine depending on how much power it is being asked to provide. For example, if you only want to power one lamp, the engine will run more slowly and produce less current. If you add a second lamp, the engine will ramp up to meet the additional demand. This is different from a traditional generator, which only runs at one speed no matter the power demand. Of course, the result is that inverters save more energy because they’re not constantly running at full power.
Output - The difference between a generator and an inverter generator is an inverter’s ability to produce clean electrical power for sensitive electronics.
Noise Level - The decibel rating for a traditional generators could be as high as 80 dB and only around 50-60 dB for an inverter generator model. This quiet operation is perfect for campgrounds where, in addition to wanting to get a good night’s sleep, where there may be official noise restrictions.
Parallel Capability - Yes, you can combine two inverter generators with a parallel cable to get double the power. This then allows you to power larger items, like the A/C at home. This feature isn’t available on all brands and models.
How to Choose an Inverter Generator..
Before choosing the right inverter generator, you need to determine two things:
- What are you planning to use it for?
- How much power will you need?
- What features do i require. ie long range fuel tank, wheel kits etc
Once you have worked out the answers to these questions you can choose the right size and model hat suits your application
Is an Inverter Generator Worth It?
Yes, we think so, as inverter generators are lightweight, convenient, fuel efficient way to power sensitive loads for many applications. Many people find that the higher upfront costs are made up for by the fuel savings, quiet operation, and portability offered by inverter generators.