Articles: What is an Inverter?

A Power Inverter, or Inverter, is an electrical power converter that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). The input voltage, output voltage, and frequency are dependent on design.

What does a power inverter do, and what can I use one for?

A power inverter changes DC power from a battery into conventional AC power that you can use to operate all kinds of devices… electric lights, kitchen appliances, microwaves, power tools, TVs, radios, computers, to name just a few. You just connect the inverter to a battery, and plug your AC devices into the inverter … and you’ve got portable power … whenever and wherever you need it.

[IMAGE-This is how a typical set up looks like]

The inverter draws its power from a 12 Volt battery (preferably deep-cycle), or several batteries wired in parallel. The battery will need to be recharged as the power is drawn out of it by the inverter. The battery can be recharged by running the automobile motor, or a gas generator, solar panels, or wind. Or you can use a battery charger plugged into an AC outlet to recharge the battery.

But now with ARIGO Power Portable Lithium AC Portable Power, you do not need to set up your own battery plus inverter as above, putting yourself at risk of connecting bare wires by yourself and risk electric shock if you are an amateur. Also notice that this setup is almost impossible for mobility ?? The lead-acid battery alone easily weighs 10kg or more …

Now with ARIGO Power, you just charge it up, carry it out and BINGO… you can power up your equipment just like that, anywhere, safely, hassle-free.

[IMAGE-ARIGO Power AP Series]

Do I need Modified Sine Wave, or Pure Sine Wave?

Advantages of Pure Sine Wave inverters over modified sine wave inverters:

1. Output voltage wave form is pure sine wave with very low harmonic distortion and clean power like utility-supplied electricity.
2. Inductive loads like microwave ovens and motors run faster, quieter and cooler.
3. Reduces audible and electrical noise in fans, fluorescent lights, audio amplifiers, TV, Game consoles, Fax, and answering machines.
4. Prevents crashes in computers, weird print out, and glitches and noise in monitors.

Reliably powers the following devices that will normally not work with modified sine wave inverters:

  • Laser printers, photocopiers, magneto-optical hard drives
  • Certain laptop computers (you should check with your manufacturer)
  • Some fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts
  • Power tools employing “solid state” power or variable speed control
  • Some battery chargers for cordless tools
  • Some new furnaces and pellet stoves with microprocessor control
  • Digital clocks with radios
  • Sewing machines with speed/microprocessor control
  • X-10 home automation system
  • Medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators

How big and heavy is a 1000W pure sine wave inverter?

Size : Average 37 x 15 x 7 cm
Weight : 3.5kg to 5 kg

Below are some examples of a 1000W Pure Sine Wave inverter.

[IMAGE-Various Pure Sine Wave Inverters]

How big is the 1000W pure sine wave inverter in the ARIGO Power AP700 unit?

Size : 15 x 18cm
Weight : less than 1kg

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