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Inverters-D.I.Y.The Facts you need to know.

Updated on February 9, 2015

What are Inverters? Why you need them.


Do you need an Inverter? Then you need to read this through.

An Inverter is a key piece of equipment in your wind or solar power setup, even if you are just planning to run a Tv from your Camper or Caravan,to powering up your home . Get the right Inverter for the right job.Get the facts here.

.An Inverter, simply put, is an electronic box that makes house hold electricity for everyday items. It converts power from;eg; car Batteries, Wind Turbines, or Solar Panels, then turns it into normal household power.BUT BEWARE YOU CAN'T JUST USE ANY INVERTER.READ ON TO FIND OUT WHY.

New NEW DIY Grid Tie Inverters Just Plug and play..

Why are there different types of Inverters? What do they do and how they work? I will attempt to guide you through the different types of Inverter that are available today..it is a very important piece of equipment in your wind or solar installation, so it is important that you get the right Inverter for the job, or the setup you are running. Inverters can be expensive and there is a good reason for this as I will explain later.There is a lot more to the Inverter than you might think, that's why it is important that you buy the right one.Here you will find Inverters for sale for as little as $30 right up to $3500.00. There are Inverters that can be used for running anything, and there are Inverters that cannot be used for LED lighting,TVs,some PCs and other sensitive electronics.

Inverters Explained

The hows and the why's and the dont's.

The Inverter takes the power from the batteries and then turns it into your household AC current, normally 120volts AC or 240 AC and this is what your house needs to run all your everyday appliances.

The Inverter in most cases will need to take power from Batteries as these give a steady flow of power ,In most cases you can't run an inverter directly from your turbine or solar pannels as the power flowing from them is not stable or constant.Ie the sun goes in ,the wind drops.As I said not always the case as some grid tie inverters can ,and I will explain more in depth later. So for this type of setup you need to make sure your Inverter has the right voltage for your setup, either 12volts 24/36/48. This is your input voltage from your batteries. Then make sure you have the correct output voltage, either 120 volts or 240. The next important bit is the power output that you need.

To do a whole average house you will need between 4000watt and 5000watt continuous power not peak. If you just want to run the lights and you are using low energy bulbs, and maybe a TV and stereo and PC then you may be OK with something around a 1000 watt. These figures are just a guide though. Speak with your local electrician and tell him what you want and he will give you a better idea as to the size you will need.

There is one more thing you need to be very careful about and that is do you want clean or dirty electricity? What i mean here is that there are 2 types of electricity that Inverters can produce.

Pure Energy of the type that you get from the electric company or the grid.this is known as a Pure sine wave Inverter.

Its clean and you can run any appliance's safely even sensitive equipment.

Then we have Modified sine wave ,this is dirty power, you can use this to power a lot of things that don't have sensitive electronics.Kettles for example Fridges, Cookers,Pumps,Fryers,Hot Plates. You CANNOT run LED lighting on these Inverters as they over heat and die within a couple of hours. You have to be careful with some TVs and PCs as they don't like it either, but i have heard that a lot of people use them for this with no problems, but I like to be safe rather than sorry.

Type 1 Grid Tie Inverters.

For those who want to keep things simple.

Grid Tie Inverters are great for those that want to keep things simple. You don't need a set of Batteries for these Inverters. Although these are the most expensive they still work out well as you don't have to fork out for those expensive batteries. one thing though you need to remember is that if you have a grid tie system when the power goes off that's it , no power. On some of the newer models you just attach the power from your Solar panels /Wind turbine, and then plug it into a normal mains socket somewhere in your house, simple. However these Grid Tie Inverters are not allowed in some places so you will need to check with the relevant authorities in the area you live. This is because when you run them they match the supply exactly to the electricity that you are receiving,so when your system is producing power it makes your electric meter run backwards or slows it down. This is called Backward metering. Personally i think this system is the way to go as anyone can install it ,its that simple. As the inverter gets bigger though you may find that you will have to get a qualified electrician to install it. So if you are at work all day and you turn off all your appliances the meter would go backwards reducing your electric bill. Important Updates on this article below .

Typical grid Tie setup
Typical grid Tie setup

D.I.Y. Grid Tie Inverters

Simple Plug and play directly to the Grid .Without the huge expense.

Lets say you want to connect to the Grid but only have a couple of pannels , and perhaps a small budget , you maybe want something that can be expanded when funds allow , you want something that is not to technical and easy to install.

what would be the cheapest way to achieve this? Well good news because there are new Inverters on the market that we call plug and play , prices have really dropped Just over £200 will get you all the above . They are great grid tie Inverters that will connect you directly to the grid. Very simple to install, very cost effective , very reliable. So what's involved ? Well not a lot really ,its just a matter of connecting the solar pannels to the inverter and then plugging the inverter into a normal household wall socket, how easy is that? There a GREAT piece of kit I know because I have used a few different types of inverter and one came out tops by a long way .You will need one that is MCS Approved so its no problem with the electric companys . It has Island protection so if the power goes off,it cuts out automatically ,so no nasty shocks for anyone working on grid .It's a great environmently friendly way to get yourself connected to the grid. It has two multicontact {MC4} DC terminals for super easy plug and play instalation. The all come with a communication port so that you can monitor them remotely .It has a very wide input range that makes it a very good flexible system. In all its a great Inverter for small scale solar power systems, and you can just add to as you can afford it .

Does it have any downsides?

Well not really, but I found one, you can't use it for the government feed in tarifs .

They also make the same Inverters specially designed for Wind Turbines.

In all if you want idependance, your on a budget ,or just starting out then these Inverters are a great start..You don't need expensive Batterys, less maintenance ,lower costs .

Just a tip for some of you. When my batterys are fully charged my solar voltage regulator stops charging the batterys and diverts the power directly to the grid tie Inverter automatically. I also got a couple of extra pannels and connected them directly to the inverter, so we do all washing and heating of hot water etc during the day to take full advantage of the extra power. I would recommend this system to anyone just starting out, its so easy to do anyone can do it ,but you still have the peace of mind that at the end of the day if all fails you still have that connection to mains power.

eBay Inverters for sale new and secondhand bargains. - The new D.I.Y plug and play Grid Tie Inverter

I have found some great bargains and often start my search here . I have bought Wind Turbines solar pannels and lots more.

Be careful buying used and ask if it is in good working order.Don't be afraid buying good second hand equipment ,you can save yourself a fortune and often get good advice from the seller .

This Inverter listed below is great value and its just PLUG and PLAY.Great piece of Kit

The Grid Tie Inverter

Solar-Plug Grid Tie Inverter 250W
Solar-Plug Grid Tie Inverter 250W

A very DIY friendly Grid tie Inverter. Just plug and play. You can get these in varying power outputs.

 

Type 2 The stand alone Inverter.

An Inverter that is not connected to the grid.

So you have your wind or solar panels installed, now all you need is to get the power into your home and start using it.

Power Inverters work like this.

Type 1.

The first type of Inverter I am talking about is a stand alone Inverter. This type of Inverter is used for what is known as OFF grid, Its not connected to your mains power. These Inverters can be used when camping, you just attach them to your car/truck battery. The power from your wind turbines/ solar panels goes through a voltage regulator, and the voltage regulator sends the power to your batteries.You have to have a voltage regulator as the Wind Turbine often generates its power with 3 phase DC. So it converts the power to whatever your system is running normally either 12volt 24/36/48, for the average residential setup.

Great Stuff on Amazon

A really good reliable Inverter, with a good power output and a very good price. this is a modified sine wave inverter can be used in Cars, Trucks, RVs, and in the home.

Cobra CPI 1575 1500 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter
Cobra CPI 1575 1500 Watt 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC Power Inverter

Lots of power here...How The Cobra Power Inverter Works 12 volt in .

The Cobra power inverter is an electronic product that has been designed and built to take low-voltage DC (Direct Current) power from your automobile or other low-voltage power supplies and convert it to standard 115 volt AC (Alternating Current) power like the current you have in your home. This conversion process thereby allows you to use many of your household appliances and electronic products in automobiles, RVs, boats, tractors, trucks, and virtually anywhere else.

 

Type 3. Pure Sine Wave Inverters

The best choice if you have the money.

Pure sine wave Inverters are more expensive than modified Inverters. These Inverters are safe to use with any electrical equipment, because they make electricity that is the same as you get from your supplier or the grid. If it is sensitive it should run fine. Just follow the steps above when buying one of these Inverters.

Pure Sine Wave Inverter.

These are good for all types of electrical appliances. Use anywhere. This model here has a lot of power for the money.

How to setup your Inverter

This bit here will explain just a basic setup .

So your Batteries are charged and you want to connect your Inverter ,so lets make sure the Inverter has the correct input voltage ,for a car or truck 12volts or 24volts..for a wind turbine you will be probably using batteries in series so your output voltage will be in steps of either 12volt 24/36/48volts.OK so it has the right voltage look now at the back of the Inverter it should have 2 large screw on lugs or terminals one black /negative and one red /positive..so the positive goes to positive {REALLY IMPORTANT} on the battery and negative to negative ..Before you start make sure the unit is switched off..Sometimes when you connect these terminals it can make a spark ,don't worry its sometimes normal.It Would also be a good idea to put a large cut of switch between the battery and the Inverter ,these are available at most car truck stores.then on the front you have your sockets ..make sure the output voltage is set to the country or the appliance you are using ,this should be 120volts ac or 240ac .depending on where you live ..and plug it in to the sockets on the front of the unit ..make sure the appliance is switched off ..power up the Inverter , {always do this first } then switch on your appliance..that's it ..

Need an answer to a question ?

Ask anything you like,its free and just an e.mail away.

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Some Questions and Answers

Can you mix power Inverters?

Well yes you can ..As long as they are being fed the same voltage ..IE both are 12volt or both take in 24volt ..etc..So suppose you want a pure sine wave and a normal modified cheaper Inverter. I mix mine because I need to run some sensitive equipment PCs example and the rest is not important ..So what do i do ..I look at how much power the PC uses 70watt.and then i have a TV flat screen plasma 100watt and some LED lighting 40watt.So I add them up total 210 watt then i add a little in case i have other things in the future,so I reckon on 500watt pure sine will be fine ..500watt continuous 1000watt peak . Everything else can run on dirty modified sine wave ,these are a lot cheaper so for my house i am going to get 5000 watt continuous 10.000peak

You must also ensure that each inverter has a direct supply from the battery or the power source you are using, Normally batteries.and its own cut off switch. Don't link them like this .from battery to Inverter one then from inverter one to inverter two .But like this ,cables direct from battery to Inverter one ,done, and cable from battery to Inverter two done .

Please feel free to leave a comment. Inverters can be pretty technical so ask away here.

Please rate and comment . I would be pleased to do the same for you.

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      StormsHalted 20 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Hi,

      I am considering a Grid Tie inverter for my university project ...... I would like to go with the microinverter approach for this.

      Can you please tell me whether a microinverter has to be single phase or three phase?

      Which one would be better for a house?

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      danny brown 2 years ago

      What size inverter do I need to run a home and how many battery's in the bank do I need?

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      Q B 2 years ago

      Hi Steve

      I am in Stellenbosch and interested in using my golf cart as a power source for my home. I have 6 x 6v 225Ah batteries, so I will need a 36V inverter. Where can I purchase one and can you give me some advise on the setup p-lease.

      Regards

      Q B

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      Do-It-Yourself-Solar 3 years ago

      The most important fact that is a real fact is when you have solar power you really save money at the same time.

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      steve1717 lm 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would always use an engine to charge batterys or solar panels.if using an engine put a split charger in to charge 2 batterys use marine deep cycle by all means,

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      steve1717 lm 4 years ago

      Anthing with sensitive electronics should be treated with caution when using inverters. But as you were only drawing power from the battery it should not have affected.I can only guess that the battery was not up to the job or the inverter is a bit naff,but sounds like battery is low,I would habe put extra battery on the vehicle deep cycle.and used a split charger so you never drain your main battery,hope this helps,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Do inverters have a duty cycle rating?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How are inverters rated? Is there a duty cycle.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done explanations of the gear. I plan on using a solar generation scheme with paired inverter to power my off the grid chalet. Nicely done! COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have connected a 400w inverter to my car battery (diesel engine running) and power up a total of (+/-) 150w of lighting. I never noticed any problem, the engine and inverter were running for good 4 hours. Since I don't have any charger for my battery, I let the engine idle for 4 hrs. And since the engine is diesel, I don't have any thoughts of messing it up. I thought of buying marine batteries for these type of installation and a charger. And thought of buying at least a 5000w of inverter strictly for my 2 window type ac units w/c have 850w ea. capacity. Is this a good idea? Thanks in advance.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: can you order from ebay from where you are? plenty are available from companies in my country, but ebay was the absolute best pricing, i bought a 300W inverter for $85, and solar panels 100W 10A for only $200.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can we use our house hold inverter (and not solar inverter) for solar power use. I feel that we fed solar Dc directly to battery (with charge controller) and that battery goes to Inverter. Now we switch of the Electricity mains to Inverter and it will switch to battery mode, thereby getting solar power. Will it work for day time solution?

      Thanks in advance

      Vivek Mandot

      email: mandot@gmail.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a 300w tie-in for my solar panels, and a 600w tie-in for my wind generator.

      if i run them directly (without a car battery) they seem to run fine.

      if i connect a battery to either inverter, the lights just flash and 'fibulate' improperly, the battery shows no reduction in power overnight, so i guess it's actually not drawing power from the battery at all.

      i don't bother running the solars with a battery, but i was warned by the vendor of the 600W that a 550W wind generator may over-peak the inverter, hence the desire to use the car battery as an over-capacitor, but then the inverter does not seem to take power from the car battery. a couple days ago when we had wind, the battery charged up to 19V! and is still 18.5V.

      any idean why the inverter is not taking power? do i need an AMP gate to limit the AMPS? i don't think i should need one, but as i said, the solar panels are only putting out 20A and work fine. the car battery is 720CCA, is it tripping the current protection?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i am a resident of hyderabad here in this market tkey r n no of companys which supplys inverters can u suggest me which one could be the better one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have just got my wind turbine up and running. I have a meter that measures volts, watts, etc. plugged into my wall outlet and a grid tie inverter plugged into the meter. When we first started everything up the meter was reading 500 watts as the grid tie inverter is 500 watts. The wind stopped blowing and the 24 volt battery bank has now dropped to 18 volts. The inverter is now putting out 12.3 or so watts and the 3 green lights are blinking slowly. Do I unplug the inverter until the winds pick up again or leave it plugged in when the batteries are low or depleted?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What type of inverter would I need to run a 20 watt LED Toshiba TV from a 12 volt battery.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      there is only 1 thing missing and that is WATTS how many watts INPUT from solar panels are required for a pure sine wave inverter of 600 watt capability? I believe Zachary had a similar question

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      is it useful to switch off household inverter if we are in a holiday trip

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you connect a grid tie inverter to a standard home using a normal meter? will there be any affects if the grid tie inverter has surplus power to send back?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just want to ask what kind of inverter can i use for the room aircondition?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      DO YOU HAVE TO RUN THE ENGINE ON THE VEHICLE TO USE A INVERTER ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The 12, 24 etc is for how you set up your solar panels. 2 panels in series would be 24 volts. If you connect 3 solar panels 12 volts output each in series it would be 36 volts to the inverter. If you connect them in parallel then the voltage remains 12 volts and current goes up, which might increase efficiency, but check the current limits on your inverter, system.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am planning a bike tour and want to bring a 5 watt solar panel and connect it to a 300 watt portable inverter to charge small electronics. Is this possible and does solar panel watts matter? Can this setup charge a laptop ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      live in Philippines. Will grid tie work for me? I don't want to use batteries, and just want a simple way to reduce electricity use. Even though I can't sell power back, can I still use it to simplify my connection and lower my electric bill?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Live in the Philippines. Grid Tie is not the norm, as there is no cooperation with the local utilities or gov. But, can I use it anyway, as it seems like the way to go, not having batteries etc..I use more electricity than I would give back, since the AC and TV are running around the clock.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If I had a plug and play inverter, it seems it would potentially damage 208V devices if power were off and I was relying on it until it came back on because only 1 leg would get power? Is that why better ones have 208v output?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HELLO i WOULD LIKE TO PUT AN inverter IN MY BOAT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST ONE, NOT RUNNING A LOT OF APPLIANCES. THANKS

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Could someone tell me how a grid tie in ruduces you electricty bill, I have a clamp meter between the meter and the main switches. When the inveter is running it shows via a clamp on the inverter cable 0.40A so power is getting out. But on the meter on the meter the watts are going up as well, and to cap things off the difference between the actual electric meter was higher than the clamp meter, Help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Could someone tell me how a grid tie in ruduces you electricty bill, I have a clamp meter between the meter and the main switches. When the inveter is running it shows via a clamp on the inverter cable 0.40A so power is getting out. But on the meter on the meter the watts are going up as well, and to cap things off the difference between the actual electric meter was higher than the clamp meter, Help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it practical to take two aims120 volts, 5000 watts power inverter , connect to a sub panel that has two hot 1 neutral and a separate ground. Measuring across the two phases should read 240 v A/C.

      I am trying to achieve running my house off grid using the two inverters with a transfer switch utilizing both 120v ac and 220 v AC. Can the mentioned set up work?

      Lindsey

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 230w solar panels and I am looking to buy a 1000w grid tie inverter.....I need to know why there is 12 24 36 48 volt inverters.....whick would I need to just lessen the house load?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 12 volt set up 2 x 273AH Batteries, 2 x 120w Solar Panels, 30amp Digital Solar Reg.

      I have couple of questions.

      1. Can I leave the inverter turned on and the run the positive wire through a switch inside as my batts are outside, should the positive wire have fuse.

      2. An inverter has 1 - 2 plugs, but I have 6 things I want to run, so can I run a short lead from inverter to a 6 way powerboard, if so any particular type.

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      hydroelectricenergy 5 years ago

      So what do you think about micro inverters vs distributed dc/dc converters - is it a vhs vs betamax situation or do they both have a part to play

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      steve1717 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can just add panels Rick ,should not make any difference .you don't have to separate them or anything or swap them over .just add on to your existing systyem ,most panels will these days still produce power in just daylight they don't need direct sun ,but of course they will work harder when in full sunlight ..Ps no 2 poanels will produce the exact same power ..

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      steve1717 lm 5 years ago

      @simplypowersupply: Cheap is great as long as its reliable ..Cheap modified are great for running all the dirty stuff normal lighting kettles ,tools etc ..not led or sensitive stuff ....

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      steve1717 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You just have to remember that you must link the inverters directly to the battery not to each other ..they should not affect each other ,you may have a very sensitive voltage sensor on one of the invertors ..regarding the fridge why have a separate inverter .? If your running all pure sine wave inverters ..no matter what size of inverter you are running there wioll be hardly any difference in the standy power consumption ..Just because you are running something small on a big inverter ,the fridge will only take what it needs ..I would only use a second inverter as back up ,or have one for running the sensitive stuff and the other for the heavy duty things , and if I wanted to run a fridge then i would make it completely stand alone with its own solar pannels batterys and inverter ..hope this helps ..

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      steve1717 lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: They will both charge your batterys the same ..But from your own power would be cheaper and greener.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 2kw system with 12 panels , i get a good feed in to to grid but I loose about 4 hours of sun light late in the afternoon , my system faces north , can I add another bank of panels to the west that i can swap over to capture the remaining hours of day light with out damaging the system

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      do I get a better charge from my inverter yo my scooter battery or from house current.This is a handicap scooter with gel batterys

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi - thanks for that useful info, I am in South Africa and have a 36v Solar Power system, I also have two inverters (both stand alone, both pure sine wave,) one is 1KW and the other 4KW, both are connected to the 36v batteries, appliances in our house can be run off one or the other depending on consumption but I have to manually switch from one inverter to the other by means of two "on/off" switches. I have two questions, can I connect the inverters up in such a way that I do not have to manually switch form one to the other and secondly I also have a 600 watt pure sine wave 36v inverter that I would like to dedicate to the use of an energy efficient fridge, I realize that this would mean adding a dedicated electricity cable between the fridge and the inverter but I am worried that there could be "conflict" because I have found that when both inverters are accidentally switched "on" at the same time one will trip or switch off in "overload mode". In affect I would like to run all three inverters off the same set of batteries but operating in auto mode if at all possible....can you advise? ...many thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very brilliant discussion! This is indeed a must-have guide for power inverter enthusiasts :)

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      simplypowersupply 6 years ago

      Great summery of Power Inverters, seems you have the subject wrapped up. I wonder what you think of the cheap modified sine wave inverters which seem to be everywhere these days?

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      onwuzuam 6 years ago

      Can you please advise me on the equivalent of 10 KVA output sine power inverter which I intend using in my home?

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      onwuzuam 6 years ago

      Can you recommend a pure sine ware inverter with 10,000 VA output for use in my home in Africa?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Thanks for your question ..You need to know how much power you actually need ..so if you need lets say 100 watts but don't want to make your inverter work to hard ..then double it ..get one that can handle 200 watts continuouse, in this case the Inverter wont be stretched or work to hard and you should not have problems with overheating ..If possible drill small holes for ventilation ..The Inverter 1000watts will produce 1000 watts but only if it is asked to do so ..if you are running a light that only needs 20 watts then it will just supply 20 watts ..but it just means that it will be working very little ..laso have you thought about insulation inside the box gold foil as used on racing cars to reflect heat ??hope this helps ..if your still not sure just ask .steve g

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I need to look for an inverter capable of operating at temperature as high as 60 deg C producing maximum 150 Watts, but I couldn't find one. I manage to find Xantrax 1000 Watts inverter capable of operating at 60 Deg C. My question is, if the load is about 100 watts, is the inverter still produce 1000W or only 100+ Watts i.e just enough to drive the load.

      Why the question? I need to put the inverter inside an explosion proof enclosure under direct Sun light. Heat produce by inverter exceeding 150 Watts + ambiance 40 Deg C will caused the internal temp to rise as high as 90 deg C which is too high for the inverter itself.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I need to look for an inverter capable of operating at temperature as high as 60 deg C producing maximum 150 Watts, but I couldn't find one. I manage to find Xantrax 1000 Watts inverter capable of operating at 60 Deg C. My question is, if the load is about 100 watts, is the inverter still produce 1000W or only 100+ Watts i.e just enough to drive the load.

      Why the question? I need to put the inverter inside an explosion proof enclosure under direct Sun light. Heat produce by inverter exceeding 150 Watts + ambiance 40 Deg C will caused the internal temp to rise as high as 90 deg C which is too high for the inverter itself.

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      steve1717 lm 7 years ago

      @anonymous: hi to answer that i will need to the amp hours of the battery but say its 100amp will be about 4 hours ..buy an led lamp instead..probally go at least 20 hours more i expect could even double that ..steve

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi i was wondering i got a rally 600 800 max i im wanting to use it on my boat with a deep cycle battery all i want to run is a 250 watt floodlight to fish with at dark without using a propane lattern was going to montlight on a pole how long will it burn a 250 watt bulb before it drains battery the ingine will not be running