Comprehensive working principle of power inverter

2022-08-03

Everyone uses some kind of electronics in their RV or car. You might listen to an MP3 player, check your route on a global positioning system (GPS), or play a portable video game. These types of electronic devices can be charged or powered by plugging them into the vehicle's cigarette lighter (or power port).


But what if you want something more refined on the open road? Maybe you want to toast, watch an LCD TV, or even write an article on your laptop. Making sure your electronics get the power they need on the go isn't as simple as finding the right adapter. You need a power inverter.




Our Hisolar offers many different types of power inverters for almost any type of application.


Why do I need to convert from DC to AC?


Most cars and RVs are powered by 12-volt batteries. In some cases, a heavy-duty 24-volt battery may be used. Knowing your vehicle voltage is important because the voltage rating of the power inverter you choose should match the voltage of the battery. In either case, the battery provides direct current. This means that current is constantly flowing from the negative terminal of the battery through the complete circuit and back to the positive terminal of the battery. The flow is only in one direction, hence the name direct current. The ability to provide DC power is inherent in the nature of batteries.


Direct current is very useful, but batteries generally only provide relatively low voltage direct current. An inverter increases the DC voltage and turns it into AC before sending it out to power the device. Since these converters can basically run in reverse to achieve the opposite effect, they are called power inverters.



How to use the inverter safely?


To keep you and your equipment safe when using a car inverter, keep the following points in mind.


1.Protect your inverter from overheating

If you're going to use a power inverter in a car, you need to make sure there is enough space and enough effective ventilation. Power inverters can overheat quickly when not kept cool, but most have their own fans that can be turned on when needed - however, this consumes more power.


2.Limit yourself to low-power devices

While you might be tempted to use your car's power inverter to power what's really needed, you could damage your car's battery in this way. While you most likely won't destroy it right away, it will degrade quickly and lose capacity. To avoid buying new batteries, try to limit yourself to low-power devices.



Installation of power inverter



The power inverter is very easy to install. Most of them are "plug and play" devices, especially smaller low power power inverters. These power inverters have a cable with a plug that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car or truck. They are portable, so no additional installation is required.



Proper installation becomes even more critical if you buy a power inverter that allows for higher power. Below 500 watts, a cigarette lighter can still be connected, but above 500 watts a direct connection to the battery is required. The input cable of the power inverter has clips that can be connected to the terminals of the battery. If the installation is permanent, the cable can be bolted to the terminal. The power inverter itself can be installed anywhere, we recommend installing it in a place with good air circulation because power inverters generate a lot of heat and they use cooling fans and heat sinks to prevent overheating.


What does a power inverter look like anyway? Well, the smallest power inverter can fit in your pocket, and the higher-power models are about the size and weight of a large dictionary. As a general rule: the higher the wattage, the bigger and heavier the power inverter.


If you are looking for a high quality power inverter, we have just what you need. Check out https://www.cnhisolar.com for the best prices on high quality power inverters, available in a variety of powers.