Inverters and inverter chargers can greatly improve any off-grid power system. An inverter will take the direct current (DC) power stored in your battery bank and turn it into alternating current (AC) power, so you can power your household appliances. Some inverters also come equipped with a built in DC charger so that you can charge your battery bank from an outside source of power or from your generator. An inverter charger would replace the need for a converter and can help you optimize your space.
When you are plugged into an outside power source, the inverter charger can act as a pass through system. This allows you to run your appliances off the outside power source and charge your batteries simultaneously.
To determine the correct size of your inverter, look up the wattage on all appliances you intend to run at one time.
Sum up the wattages and that number will give you an idea of how large of an inverter you will want.
For example, if you wanted to power a coffee pot that requires 1200 W and a heater that requires 500 W, your total wattage requirement would be 1700 W.
You would then want to find an inverter that can supply more than this amount of power. You should also consider how long you want to run your appliance(s) for, as this will affect the amount of batteries you will need. Each one of our batteries supplies 1200 watts per hour.
If you are using an inverter charger, we recommend using the following settings on your device with our batteries:
- Charging voltage = 14.2 V – 14.6 V
- Float = 13.6 V or lower
- No equalization (or set it to 14.4 V)
- No temperature compensation
- Absorption time = 30 minutes per battery (if it’s an option)
To check out the inverter chargers we offer, click here.