Power inverter is the gadget which “converts DC to AC”. It has numerous uses. It is used in vehicles and also at homes. There is a limit on power provided by inverter but it provides enough energy for your regular products. In the following article, we are going to guide you regarding the features and specifications and how to effectively choose an inverter in the USA, UK, and other western countries.
Following are the features which you should look for before choosing an inverter:
OUTPUT OF THE INVERTER:
The first thing to consider in this regard is the output of the inverter. This output is measured in watts and it is directly related to the power requirements of your devices. Mostly inverter provides output from 150 watts to 10,000 watts. You can select an inverter according to your output requirement.
Another important thing to be considered while buying an inverter is its connectivity. As it will be of no use if you are unable to plug in your devices. There are low power inverters which provide:
- Single AC socket
- One or two USB ports
On the other hand, high power inverters provide:
- Up to 4 AC sockets
- Up to 4 USB ports
Similarly, there is a difference of current supplied from these ports. You should consider your requirements when going to buy an inverter.
SENSOR FOR OVERHEATING:
Modern inverters are coming with heat sensors. Actually, due to working for a very long period, inverters can get really hot. In such cases, to give protection and protect from damage, heat sensors play their role. These sensors sense the overheating and automatically turn off the inverter. So when buying for an inverter look for a sensor for overheating.
DIMENSIONS AND SIZE:
Although the size of the inverter is directly related to its power supply, size and dimensions also matter when space is a consideration. So you should consider the size of the inverter before buying. A suitable size should be selected according to available space and also power supply required. Another thing to remember is that for better working of the inverter, there should be enough space for ventilation.
LONG ENOUGH CABLE:
It is a feature which many people ignore but it gives fair advantage in the long run. Even if you are using inverter inside your vehicle, still it is preferred to buy an inverter with a long cable. It is going to be beneficial in the future regarding unforeseen circumstances.
It is a plus point for the inverter to have a quiet fan. All inverters are having a cooling fan for reduction of heat but sometimes these fans can be very noisy. Noise from these fans can be very annoying when you have to hear this for a long time, hence for your own and others comfort consider such inverter which is having a quiet fan.
Another protective feature in high-quality inverters is their metal casing. A metallic cover provides better protection and gives safety to you inverter as compared to non-metallic covers. So while buying an inverter you should prefer the one with metallic casing. This will give ensure the invulnerability of your inverter.
There are inverters with built-in safety features. They can sense different problems such as:
- Short circuit
- Low voltage
These protective features not only give safety to your inverter but also to your attached devices. Such inverters are having alarms and also an auto shut down function for safety. So always buy an inverter having these safety features.
Now we will discuss different types of inverters available in the market. We will discuss the usage and working of these and this will be helpful for your guidance, to choose the best one for yourself.
These can be called the best type of inverter. They produce true sine waves. Sine waves are a natural product of rotation of AC machines. The sine wave is the most demanded waveform. Most of the electronic devices available in the market need sine waves to operate at maximum capacity. There is also some equipment that only operates with a sine wave from. So for all these products, sine wave inverter is the best option. They can be used with almost all of the modern-day devices with best efficiency and effectiveness. Due to its high utilization and demand, sine wave inverters are also the most expensive ones.
MODIFIED SINE WAVE
Another type of inverter is a “modified sine wave inverter”. This kind of inverter produces a waveform which resembles a square wave. This inverter is also a good option. It works fine with most of the equipment but most of the time efficiency of the devices is reduced with modified sine waveform as it is not the natural product of the AC machine. Its some percentage is higher than 60 Hz which cannot be used by motors and other heavy machinery, hence it goes wasted and this decrease the efficiency of the device. You should consider the type and requirement of your electronic devices before buying modified sine wave inverter or any other type of inverter.
These are not very common nowadays. This type of inverter is simplest of all, therefore, it is also cheapest. These inverters produce true square waves which are not suitable for complex and high machines of today. Few simple appliances can be run on square wave inverter for example tools having universal motors. Thus if you want an inverter for general home use or to run complex machinery like refrigerator, toaster, oven, etc. then this is not to look for. Sine wave inverter can only be used with some simple appliances so consider this before buying it.
Conclusion: Effectively choosing an Inverter
This was all about how to effectively choose an inverter in the United States of America (USA) and all other countries. Now you know the different types of inverters along with their usage and also what features to look for. We hope that you will find this article helpful in this regard and now you are able to go to the market to find the best inverter and drill machine for you. Just keep in mind these things and you are all good to go! Good luck.