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. The inverter also acts as a battery charger if you’re plugged into an electrical source or using a generator.

 

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

Appliance Watts
Cell phone 50
Ceiling fan 75 – 120
Coffee maker 800 – 1200
DVD player 35 – 100
Gaming console (X-Box) 100
Hair dryer 900 – 1600
Iron 1000
Light bulb (incandescent) 100
Light bulb (fluorescent) 25
Microwave oven 1500 – 2000
Mini Christmas lights (50) 25 – 75
Computer + monitor 125
Laptop 25 – 150
Laser printer / fax (printing) 850 – 1300
Satellite receiver 10 – 25
Stereo 250
Tablet (iPad) 100
TV (Flatscreen) 65
TV (25″) 300
Toaster 800 – 1500
Toaster oven 1500
Toaster oven (convection) 3000 +
Vacuum cleaner 1225 – 1500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common and Commercial Tools

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

Appliance Watts
1/4″ drill 250
1/2″ drill 750
8″ circular saw 1800
Air compressor 2000-3000
Bucket heater 1500
Charger – Battery powered tools 240 – 500
Credit card machine 100
Electric chain saw (14″, 2 hp) 1100-3000
Engine block heater 750
Fiber optic splicer 1000
Grinder (4 1/2″) 800-1500
Halogen flood lamp 500-750
Hammer drill 1100-1600
Heat gun 600-1500
High-pressure washer (1hp) 1200-3600
Knife cutter 1100
Reciprocating saw 1500-1800
Sewer camera, lights + crawler 500
Shop Vac (5 hp) 1000
Space heater 1500
Sump pump (1/2 hp) 1100-2200
Table saw 1800
Thumper (electrical fault locator) 1800-2500