One of the most important elements in any independent energy system is the inverter. This is because an independent electric energy system is not connected to the electrical utility grid. Inverters can vary from extremely small to larger, more complicated options. The common bond between all types of inverters is a storage battery, which is used to absorb as well as release energy in the form of DC or direct current electricity. There are two basic types of inverters; sine wave inverters and modified wine wave inverters. Sine wave inverters are often considered to be the best. This is because they offer a number of benefits, including clean power, no detrimental effects and can be used by a variety of different homes.

Clean Power

Sine wave inverters are able to produce power that is much cleaner than any other type of inverter. This is because sine wave inverters have a geometry that is naturally smooth. The sine wave power that is produced by the utility grid is generally delivered to customers with very few distortions. Sine wave inverters deliver power that is not only cleaner but also more stable than the power that is produced by most grid connections.

No Detrimental Effects on Electrical Loads

While modified sine wave inverters are also available, many consumers will find that these types of inverters produce detrimental effects on their electrical loads. This is because modified sine wave inverters reduce energy efficiency on transformers and motors. The energy that is wasted results in abnormal heat that can reduce the longevity and reliability of numerous devices, including computers and appliances.

Can be Used in Any Application

Approximately 5% of all household appliances will not even work on a modified sine wave inverter. When the consumer tries to operate the appliance on a modified sine inverter, there is often a buzz that is produced. This is quite common on audio devices, particularly speakers. There can even be a loud and annoying buzz that is emitted by ceiling fans, fluorescent lights and transformers. In certain instances, microwave ovens will produce less heat and may buzz as well when operated on a modified sine inverter. Computers and televisions may produce rolling lines on the screen. Surge protectors have been known to overheat when operated on a modified sine inverter. Sine inverters do not produce these types of problems, making it possible for them to be used in all homes and appliances.