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Making an Informed Decision When Buying a Sine Wave Inverter

For many organizations, sine wave power inverters are a significant purchase in terms of price and the essential role they play in the operating environment. If this applies to your organization, it’s important to perform your due diligence and research the inverter you plan to buy before you make an investment. If you need some guidance on selecting the right product for your needs, take some time to read through the following keys to making an informed inverter purchase.

1. Define the Application

Determine the application for which you need the equipment. For example, if you need to connect an independently powered building to the utility grid, your search should be limited to grid tie inverters. To give another example, if you need to convert direct current (DC) solar power into alternating current (AC), limit your search to solar power inverters. If in doubt about the application, contact Exeltech. We’ll help you select the right inverter for your application.

2. Determine Load Size

What is the maximum wattage of the electricity load for the environment the inverter will serve? You can arrive at the number by adding together the maximum wattages of all equipment to which the inverter will provide electrical current. If you need to support an exceptionally large load, it may be necessary to order a custom inverter that’s designed to handle the job. Above all, avoid purchasing an inverter whose load size is less than the maximum load it would carry.

3. Assess Operating Conditions

Certain conditions in the operating environment may justify purchasing an inverter that’s designed to perform well in their presence. For example, if the environment features airborne contaminants, heavy vibration, unusual acoustics, or a high level of moisture, buying an inverter that has a Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) Level 3 certificate would be ideal. Our inverter specialists will help you assess whether you need specially designed equipment.

4. Compare Prices

After you know the type of inverter you need, the load size it should support, and whether conditions in the operating environment require the inverter to have special certifications, you can start comparing prices. When it comes to this step, a good tip is shop for inverters that are sold direct from the manufacturer instead of sold through a vendor. Because a vendor applies a markup to earn a profit, you can often find better deals on inverters that manufacturers sell.

Shopping for Sine Wave Power Inverters?

The four steps above are a basic summation of how to make an informed purchase when you shop for sine wave power inverters. If additional concerns apply to your selection criteria — especially concerns that are unique to the environment in which you will implement the inverter — contact the inverter specialists at Exeltech today at (800) 886-4683, or refer to our contact page. We look forward to helping you choose the best sine wave inverter for your requirements!