Everything You Need To Know About Inverter Generators

Getting the power you need to run your campsite or worksite, power your food truck, or simply supply electricity during a power outage, is essential. Sure, you can rely on a portable battery in some situations. Even portable solar and wind power can work. But you often need more energy than these sources can provide. When it comes to efficiency and reliability, an inverter generator can be an ideal solution that keeps you up and running.

What is a Generator?
A generator is a machine that transforms mechanical or motives power into electrical energy. It gives you electrical power in situations where you’re away from the general electrical grid in your area and can’t access a building with an electrical outlet. Generators can run on a variety of fuels but they often rely on petrol. The attraction of inverter generators is that they’re easily portable and tend to be quieter and more fuel-efficient than standard or traditional generators.

How Does an Inverter Generator Work?
To tackle this subject, let’s first look at how a generator works, overall. There are two main parts to any generator:

  • the engine
  • the alternator

Within the alternator there are two other important components:

  • a rotor
  • a stator

Basically, the engine uses fuel to run and turn its shaft. A magnet on the shaft then turns, creating an alternating current (AC). This current then makes the rotor in the alternator turn as well. The rotor finally gives rise to power in the stator, which is a coil of wire that doesn’t move, via a magnetic field, and this current is sent to the generator’s control panel. When this happens, you can then plug in your power tools and run your appliances via your generator, letting you get to work, or watch TV!

The thing is, with traditional generators, the current produced has a high total harmonic distortion (THD). It’s not like the power you get from the outlet in your home, and it isn’t as “clean”. Because they offer a lot of power, traditional generators can be useful in some situations but dangerous in others because the current supplied can damage sensitive appliances and devices like TVs, computers, and smartphones.

In contrast, an inverter generator works a bit differently. The AC power produced by the alternator is sent to something called a rectifier, which converts the AC power to direct current (DC). (Yes, this is why they call the band AC/DC!) The DC power is then inverted back to AC power by a computer inside the whole machine before it’s sent over to the control panel for you to use. This process allows inverter generators to supply you with a “cleaner”, safer, surge-free electrical current. The current produced by inverter generators can be safely used to power up your normal household appliances, gadgets, and devices.

The Benefits of Inverter Generators
While inverter generators can be more expensive than traditional generators and can’t provide the same massive power, they come with some definite advantages. Inverter generators are:

  • Surge-free
  • Safer
  • Quieter
  • Lightweight
  • Easily portable
  • More fuel-efficient
  • More eco-friendly

Compared with standard generators, inverter generators are a more attractive option if you’re going camping, heading out bush for the day, or seeking a safe backup energy source during power outages. While they do still rely on petrol, these quiet petrol-powered generators also produce fewer carbon emissions than their standard counterparts. For these reasons, when it comes to generators for everyday use, this is one of your best around.

Need to Know: Safety and Inverter Generators
Of course, every great invention comes with a bit of a warning. Because inverter generators run on petrol, it’s ultra-important that you always run yours outdoors or in a very well-ventilated space. Even small generators can produce significant fumes, placing your life in danger indoors, or in enclosed spaces. It’s recommended that you run your generator at least 6 metres from your home or building, with the engine exhaust directed away from all windows and doors, in order to keep carbon monoxide emissions at bay.

At MaxWatt, we supply you with the best in Brisbane inverter generators to keep your worksite or vacation space running as it should.

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