Thinking about getting a power inverter? Here are some things to consider

Updated Jun 23, 2023

Before buying a power inverter, you’ll need to know how many watts of power you will be using at the same time. It can be challenging to figure out which inverter is best for you. But, with the right information, it can be simple. The handy PowerDrive Power Calculator can help, too.

First, determine your power needs

Electronics, such as laptops, gaming consoles, LCD TVs, and tablets, will be between 100 and 300 watts each. Appliances such as refrigerators have a 500-watt start upload and a 50 to 60 watts running load. Microwaves and coffee makers will be in the 1,000-watt range. All appliances and AC-operated items are labeled or marked with how many watts or amps they will use. In general, double the wattage of your highest-rated appliance. For example, if you have a microwave that is 1000 watts, you will need at least a 2000-watt inverter to power this appliance. Microwaves are sold by cooking watts. An 800-watt microwave will still need 1000 watts or more to make those 800 watts. Look for the power consumption label on the back or inside of the appliance door.

Consider the type of inverter

There are two types of power inverters, modified sine wave inverters and pure sine wave inverters. Modified sine wave inverters are typically less expensive but may not work as well with sensitive electronics such as computers or gaming consoles. Pure sine wave inverters are more expensive but produce a more stable AC power signal that is better for sensitive electronics.

Be on the lookout for safety features

Look for features such as overload protection, overheat protection, and short circuit protection. These features will help prevent damage to your devices and the inverter itself.

Consider the size and portability of an inverter

Power inverters come in different sizes and shapes. Choose a size that will suit your needs and also ts in the area you are going to keep it. Ensure you have enough room for proper ventilation in the location you will put it.

Look for additional features

Some inverters have USB charging ports, remote control, LCD displays, an app, and Bluetooth access. An app will help keep you updated on the operation of the inverter allowing you to check the battery voltage, output power, and product temperature, as well as customize settings and power the inverter on and off remotely. Having these features can make your life easier over the road.

If you are looking for a reliable inverter that will power your needs on the road, check out the PowerDrive inverters. The series of PowerDrive inverters offer various sizes from 100W to 3000W featuring overload protection, overheat protection, short circuit protection, and a PowerDrive app to control the inverter from your phone. You can nd the PowerDrive inverters in travel centers across the United States and Canada.

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