How to Choose the Right Inverter

Your choice of inverter battery is vital. To get as many backup hours as possible, it’s important to choose the right inverter.

Step-By-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Inverter

The power has gone off again. What do you do? The power grid is ruthless and continues to disrupt our lives.

There is hope, however, in the form of inverters and the batteries that power them. Living in the era of inverters has become a necessity and not a luxury. The big question is, though, how do I choose the right inverter for my needs?

Step 1. Work Out How Much Power You’ll Need.

How much power is required for my inverter? This is the first question to ask when buying an inverter. What appliances will run off the inverter? Will it be a PC, lights, fluorescent lights, television, and kettle?

You need to factor in how much direct current you need. It is important to know how much power will be consumed by household appliances. Break down how much power consumption each one consumes.

Next, add everything together to get to a final wattage figure. The idea is to have continuous output power systems running uninterrupted. The next step is to find out the VA ampere rating.

VA is the amperes of current derived from the inverter and supplied to the appliances. Inverters operating at 100% efficiency would be ideal. This, however, is not usually the case.

For most inverters, the maximum power is 60% to 80%. We refer to the efficiency of an inverter as the power factor. It is the ratio of power needed by appliances supplied by the inverter. The range of the power factor for almost all inverters ranges from 0.6 to 0.8!

Step 2. Work Out What Type Of Battery Your Inverter Needs.

Inverter battery chargers and batteries are the backbone of your inverter. The entire system is dependent on different types of batteries. Battery type and quality, and the size of your inverter battery will vary.

Battery voltage and battery size is important when it comes to getting adequate power. You will need to figure out how much power output your inverter will provide to your electric devices.

How many hours will the inverter run all your electrical equipment for? What size of inverter and battery will give you the right amount of running time? Battery capacity matters. It is one of the essential factors when deciding how many inverter backup hours you will need. We measure inverter backup in AH, or Ampere Hours.

Find Out More About Inverters, Battery BackUp Systems, and Batteries Today!

Contact us today to find out how you can keep your appliances running during load shedding. Find a wide range of backup power options and different types of inverters for all applications. Inverter size depends on what your requirements are. PHD Powerhouse is powering South African homes and businesses, big and small.