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How to Select Power Inverters: An Overview

Power inverters convert Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC). However, beyond their obvious similarity, the pieces of equipment can be quite different. Therefore, it is important to develop a set of criteria to assess whether a power inverter truly meets your electricity conduction needs. If this is your first time shopping for a power inverter, below are four important selection criteria that you should consider before purchasing a new power inverter.

Load Rating

The first step is to determine the size of the load the inverter will serve. This can be done by calculating the Watts or Amps of all equipment that will receive power through the inverter. If the equipment is not rated to serve the load, it may operate inefficiently, wear out prematurely, and cause safety hazards.

Load Characteristics

After calculating the size of the load, examine its characteristics. Loads that require AC generally fall into two categories: electronic loads, such as computers; and motors, such as the compressor in an HVAC system. An electrician can help you determine the characteristics of the load.

Product Certifications

An inverter’s certifications help determine its areas of use. For example, many companies require inverters to have a Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) certificate, a TUV – TL900 certificate, or a Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) certificate. What certifications do you need?

Construction Grade

In terms of construction grade, power inverters fall into three basic categories: residential grade, commercial grade, and industrial grade. Be sure to purchase an inverter whose construction grade matches the type of environment in which the equipment will be used. Otherwise, the product could fail prematurely and cause safety hazards.

Contact Us Today

Exeltech has over 14 years of experience manufacturing the best industrial grade power inverters and power converters on the market. Our inverters and converters come with three important product certifications that make their area of application practically limitless: NEBS, RoHS, and TUV – TL9000. If you need help selecting the right type of inverter for your facility, call us today at (800) 886-4683, or use our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!