What is an INVERTER?

What is an INVERTER?

What is an inverter?

An inverter is an electric device that changes direct current (DC) energy from a battery or solar panel into alternating current (AC) power, the kind used in most homes and businesses. Inverters are key for powering lights, appliances and other gadgets during outages, as well as powering off-grid systems like motorhomes, boats and cabins.

There are different types of inverters available on the market, each with their own set of features and capabilities.

Some of the most common types of inverters include:

1. Pure Sine Wave Inverters:

Pure sine wave inverters provide stable, clean power suitable for sensitive electronics such as computers and televisions. These come at a higher price than modified sine wave units which may not be compatible with all electronic devices.

2. Modified Sine Wave Inverters:

These inverters produce a modified waveform that is less expensive than pure sine wave inverters, but may not be suitable for powering all electronic devices.

3. Grid-Tie Inverters:

Grid-tie inverters are used in systems connected to the grid so excess energy can be fed back into the system.

4. Micro Inverters:

These inverters are used in solar systems and are connected to each solar panel individually, allowing for greater system flexibility and improved performance.

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What to look for when choosing an inverter

When choosing an inverter, it’s important to consider the specific needs of your application. For example, if you plan to power sensitive electronic devices, a pure sine wave inverter may be the best option. If you’re looking for an inverter for a solar system, micro inverters may be a good choice.

When selecting an inverter it is important to consider what type of functions will be powered by it; this will determine if pure sine or modified sine wave variants are best suited for the application. Additionally, consider the maximum output capacity in watts of the inverter as to accommodate your needs correctly.


In conclusion, inverters are essential for powering appliances, lights, and other devices during power outages, and they are also used to power off-grid systems. Choosing the right inverter for your specific needs is important, and it’s important to consider the power capacity and type of waveform that best suits your needs.

Inverters with batteries can be purchased through Handyman Homes.

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