what is a inverter generatorAn inverter generator is a portable generator that adjusts its engine speed to match electrical demand, rather than running at a constant speed, the way a traditional generator does. Inverter technology produces cleaner power, while also reducing noise and fuel consumption. If you’ve seen one in the store and asked “What is an inverter generator?” it’s time you learned not only what they are, but how they work and why they’re so popular.

How an Inverter Generator Works

The way inverter generators produce electricity is more complicated than traditional generators. The first stage is the same. The engine burns fuel to turn a rotor that generates AC (Alternating Current) power. But instead of sending it directly to the control panel, inverter generators send it to a device called a rectifier. Rectifiers convert AC power into DC (Direct Current) power, which is then converted back into AC power by a computer inside the generator, before being sent out to your devices.

Advantages of Inverter Generators

Inverter generators are more expensive than traditional generators. But while their short-term costs are high, they’re generally outweighed by their long-term benefits, such as:

  • Fuel Efficiency. Because the motor throttles back as electrical demand dips, inverter generators burn less fuel over time.
  • Less Noise. While a traditional generator produces 80 decibels or more, an inverter generator only produces around 60 ‒ a quieter choice for camping and tailgating parties.
  • Portable. Inverted generators have compact motors, making it easier to fit them into tight spaces. They’re also lighter than traditional generators, so they’re easier to carry as well.
  • Clean Output. Inverted power has less than three percent harmonic distortion, which means the generator’s output is at or near 60 hertz (standard frequency for the USA), making it far less likely to burn out your electronics.
  • Less Maintenance. Inverter generators have fewer moving parts than traditional ones. And because they run at slower speeds when you draw less power, they experience less wear and tear, which means less time, effort, and money has to be spent on their upkeep.

The one true downside of inverter generators is their strength. Even the largest can’t produce more than 5,000 watts, while a large, traditional generator can produce over 12,000. However, one of the advantages of inverter technology is parallel capability. Instead of relying on a single generator, you can connect two inverted generators to power larger devices, even your entire home.

Protecting Your Electrical System

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