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
Appliances and Electronics
= Ideal with pure sine inverter
|Ceiling fan||75 – 120|
|Coffee maker||800 – 1200|
|DVD player||35 – 100|
|Gaming console (X-Box)||100|
|Hair dryer||900 – 1600|
|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|
|Toaster||800 – 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)