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12v dc inverter : Good Alternative Energy Option
12v dc inverter are a versatile accessory with an increasing number of applications as shown in the examples below. Their basic function is to convert battery power to mains type power in order to run electrical appliances. Their independence from grid power makes them extremely versatile and makes possible the freedom of using of electrical appliances designed for mains power almost anywhere.
The vehicle power inverter has become a must-have accessory for travelling retirees, car and truck owners, and boat owners. One of the more traditional uses of 12v dc inverter that is also rapidly expanding is by home owners who want to generate their own power with solar power systems. Sales are exploding, so what is driving their increasing use?
A current fashion is for young car owners to customise their vehicle by adding a high powered sound system. These upgraded sound systems have a much higher wattage than the factory fitted system they replace. This is usually too much for the car’s electrical system to manage. This has created a demand for 12v dc inverter systems for cars.
A second advantage of 12v dc inverter that are fitted (or can be attached) to automobile power systems is that they can be used as an emergency power source for the home. All that is required is to plug in an extension cord running from the car to the house and you can plug in emergency lighting or whatever. To avoid a flat battery make sure the engine is running to recharge the battery. Also do not run the engine in an enclosed space as the fumes are highly toxic and can kill. Ensure the vehicle is positioned in an outside area where the exhaust fumes are blown away from the house. Follow these simple precautions and you have an emergency power supply and portable power for travelling.
The increase in retirees (or grey nomads as they are often referred to) hitting the road with their caravan or RV motor-home has also expanded the inverter market. It is unusual to find a late model motor-home or caravan that does not contain a 12v or a 24v power inverter. They are usually connected to a second vehicle battery or in an increasing number of cases the battery is connected to a solar power system. This enables them to be independent of caravan parks and mains power, giving them greater choices in places to visit while also saving money.
Truck owners are using more electrical appliances in their vehicle when away from home and so 12v dc inverter for trucks have become very popular. Appliances like shavers, microwaves, power tools, DVD players, computers, fridges and even TV’s are being powered through inverters by truckies. This is also true for boat owners.
Due to the rapidly rising cost of electricity homeowners are having solar power systems fitted to their house roof in order to reduce their dependence on grid power. Some that are producing excess power are selling it back to the power utilities and turning a profit. Electricity produced from the sun by solar panels and stored in batteries needs to pass through a home power inverter to make it suitable for household or grid use. The very best type of power inverter for this application is the true sine wave power inverter, or pure sine wave inverter as it is also known.
Power inverters for house use or vehicle use are priced according to the wattage your system requires (wattage is based on the total number of appliances you want to run at once), the quality of power required, and the number of outlets you require. It is best to err on the side of larger wattage and more outlets than to limit expansion options for the future. Motor driven appliances need more power at start-up than they do to run so keep this in mind when selecting a suitable unit.