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Inverters increase or decrease voltage to provide the correct operating voltage for a device. Inverters come in various types because not every device operates on the same voltage. By using an inverter, you can use your household appliances on the 12-volt power system of your motorhome or boat, or use your 12-volt appliances when connected to the camping site's power supply.

Pure Sine Wave Inverter

A pure sine wave inverter delivers a clean power supply to devices, which is crucial for sensitive equipment. Without a pure sine wave, certain devices may experience malfunctions. Examples include laptops, coffee makers, and battery chargers. Typically, devices with sensitive electrical technology require a pure sine wave. A pure sine wave inverter delivers power in the same way as a home electrical system. The pure sine wave is also known as a pure wave. Pure wave inverters that utilize this technology are often more expensive than the "normal" modified sine wave inverters.

Buying an Inverter

Consider the following factors when purchasing an inverter or inverter charger. It's essential to know these details to ensure the inverter meets your expectations.

  • Which devices will you connect to the inverter? This is important because not every device works with every inverter. There are specific sinusoidal inverters that provide stable voltage, unlike inverters without a "pure sine wave." Therefore, before making a purchase, check if this feature is necessary for your devices.
  • What is the wattage of the devices you will connect? An inverter has a maximum power output. Therefore, choose an inverter that can deliver enough power to operate your device. Additionally, note that devices like refrigerators have a high peak power requirement during startup, which is often much higher than their normal operating power. Not every inverter can sustain this peak power (for a sufficient duration) to operate the device. Tip: Our Carbest inverters provide a high peak power output!
  • Do you have enough space to accommodate the inverter? The higher the inverter's power, the larger it tends to be. An inverter with high power output requires a considerable amount of space. Does it fit in the technical compartment or the desired installation location?
  • Does your battery have enough capacity? Another consideration is whether your battery has sufficient capacity to support the inverter for an extended period. If you have limited capacity, a high-power inverter can quickly drain the battery. If you have a means to recharge the battery, such as solar panels or a charge booster, you can likely opt for a higher-power inverter. Tip! You can protect your battery from over-discharge with a battery protector.
  • An inverter consumes power even when idle An idle inverter still consumes power, even without devices connected. If you're not using the inverter, turn it off. This will save power that can be used for other purposes.

If you're unsure whether you need a pure sine wave inverter or if you're uncertain if the available inverters are suitable for your specific needs, feel free to ask us!

Motorhome Inverter

There are plenty of devices you use at home that you'd like to bring along in your motorhome. Examples include cameras, laptops, and even coffee makers. However, these devices don't operate on 12 volts alone. With a motorhome inverter, you can charge and use these devices wherever you go with your motorhome. Most motorhomes have one or more leisure batteries. These batteries are separate from the starter battery and are better suited for powering devices. This setup often allows you to connect an inverter with higher power output. Just remember to protect the battery from complete discharge.

Motorhome Inverter

In motorhomes, inverters are typically connected to the cigarette lighter socket, drawing power from the motorhome's starter battery. It is recommended to use a low-power inverter in the motorhome to avoid the risk of draining the starter battery. Additionally, the 12-volt socket that is standard in motorhomes is not designed to handle heavy loads.

12V to 230V Inverter

If you want to use household appliances in your motorhome or caravan without relying on a fixed power supply, you need a 12V to 230V inverter. This inverter converts the low voltage from the battery into the 230-volt power supply required for home appliances to function.

230V to 12V Inverter

Conversely, it is also possible to convert power from 230 volts to 12 volts. This allows you to use your 12-volt devices when connected to the camping site's fixed power supply.

Solar Panel Inverter

If you're looking for a solar panel inverter, you can find them among our charge controllers. These inverters ensure that the power generated by the solar panels is converted to the appropriate voltage for optimal charging of the battery in your motorhome or caravan.

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