Inverters convert direct current into an alternating current. They are commonly used to run items such as lights, sleep apnoea machines, laptops and have many applications in a camping environment when away from 240V power.
Inverters convert 12V DC battery power into 240V AC power, which means you can run any 240V or mains power appliance, or piece of equipment. It is important to note that when looking for an inverter the size is very important. Inverters come in many sizes from 150W up to 2000W and more. There are also two types of inverters; Pure sine wave and Modified sine wave.
Pure sine wave inverters are used to operate sensitive electronic devices that require high quality waveform with little harmonic distortion. In addition, they have high surge capacity which means they are able to exceed their rated wattage for a limited time. This enables power motors to start easily, which could otherwise draw up to seven times their rated wattage during start-up.
Virtually any electronic device will operate with the output from a pure sine wave inverter.
Modified sine wave inverters (modified square-wave or step-wave) approximate a pure sine waveform. Modified sine wave inverters are designed to satisfy the efficiency requirements of the photovoltaic system while being less expensive than pure sine waveform inverters. These inverters are capable of operating a wide variety of loads, electronic and household items including but not limited to television, videocassette recorders, satellite receivers, computers and printers.
GK’s friendly experienced staff would be more than happy to discuss with you which inverter would suit your requirements, having you on your way in no time.