What is an inverter?

An inverter takes 12-volt DC power from your RV batteries or solar system and converts it to 120-volt AC to power your standard appliances.

 

Modified Sine Wave versus Pure Sine Wave Inverters

Modified sine wave inverters are older technology and generally less expensive. They can be used for many standard appliances but may cause trouble with delicate electronics or audio equipment. Some equipment may work but run hotter than normal.

Pure sine wave inverters are a bigger investment, but much more versatile. Equipment such as LED televisions, laptops, battery chargers and some fluorescent lights may encounter difficulties may not function unless a pure sine inverter is installed. Learn more about Go Power! pure sine inverters here.

 

How To Determine What Size of Inverter to Use

Inverters are rated in watts, and almost all electrical appliances have a corresponding rating. Use our online Calculator Tool to help choose the right Go Power! Inverter for you, or check out the examples below:

 

Wattage Used by Mobile Appliances & Tools

Operating wattage may not be exact for all applications. Please review individual product specification for actual wattage requirements. Wattage rating can be calculated by Volts (120) x Amps.

Appliances and Electronics

= Ideal with pure sine inverter

ApplianceWatts
Cell phone50
Ceiling fan75 – 120
Coffee maker800 – 1200
DVD player35 – 100
Gaming console (X-Box)100
Hair dryer900 – 1600
Iron1000
Light bulb (incandescent)100
Light bulb (fluorescent)25
Microwave oven1500 – 2000
Mini Christmas lights (50)25 – 75
Computer + monitor125
Laptop25 – 150
Laser printer / fax (printing)850 – 1300
Satellite receiver10 – 25
Stereo250
Tablet (iPad)100
TV (Flatscreen)65
TV (25″)300
Toaster800 – 1500
Toaster oven1500
Toaster oven (convection)3000 +
Vacuum cleaner1225 – 1500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common and Commercial Tools

Pure Sine Wave inverters are ideal for variable speed tools (ie: drills)

ApplianceWatts
1/4″ drill250
1/2″ drill750
8″ circular saw1800
Air compressor2000-3000
Bucket heater1500
Charger – Battery powered tools240 – 500
Credit card machine100
Electric chain saw (14″, 2 hp)1100-3000
Engine block heater750
Fiber optic splicer1000
Grinder (4 1/2″)800-1500
Halogen flood lamp500-750
Hammer drill1100-1600
Heat gun600-1500
High-pressure washer (1hp)1200-3600
Knife cutter1100
Reciprocating saw1500-1800
Sewer camera, lights + crawler500
Shop Vac (5 hp)1000
Space heater1500
Sump pump (1/2 hp)1100-2200
Table saw1800
Thumper (electrical fault locator)1800-2500