Many buyers ask themselves whether they should go for a traditional portable power generator or for an inverter generator, which is the newest technology available in the market. I think this is a choice that you need to make on your own. You can do this easily when you know everything about the inverter technology and how it compares to the traditional one.
I know from experience how important it is to make the right choice of portable generator as a buyer. I use such devices in my small restaurants on different Caribbean islands. I always check the features and capabilities of a generator before I purchase it. Here I will do the same with the inverter generator.
How It Works
The inverter technology is based on a process which has three stages. Firstly, the generator produces multiphase alternating current (AC). Next, a microprocessor converts the alternating current into direct current (DC). Finally, the inverter converts the DC into AC again.
A traditional power generator, on the other hand, produces AC power directly. Basically, the engine produces the mechanical power which is then converted into electrical power by the alternator.
Inverter Generator Advantages
The next logical question to ask is how the inverter technology is better than the traditional one. The reality is that it brings a range of benefits and advantages. Let’s look at them so that you can make a well informed decision when it comes to using this technology or not.
Clean & Safe AC Power
The AC power produced is clean so it is safe enough to power devices with sensitive electronics. I certainly need to explain what the term “clean” means when it comes to electricity. With a traditional generator, there are surges in the AC output produced. There is considerable total harmonic distortion in the alternating current produced. This is easy to notice when you look at the sine wave depicting the flow of the current. It is slightly irregular and not as smooth as you would want it to be. An inverter generator, on the other hand, uses its microprocessor to regulate the AC output and to prevent surges and irregularities. The produced AC output has low total harmonic distortion. You will see a fairly smooth sine wave.
You can readily power even the most sophisticated laptop, printer or a multimedia device using an inverter generator. You can be certain that the electronic device and its sensitive components will be perfectly safe. This is one of the main reasons why many small businesses and households prefer the inverter technology than the traditional one.
An inverter generator is more energy efficient compared to a traditional generator. Needless to say, this is a huge advantage given the ever growing prices of gasoline, which is the most widely used fuel for standby generators. The energy efficiency is achieved though the regulation of the speed at which the generator works. The microprocessor detects how much power is actually consumed. In turn, it regulates the speed at which the generator works to produce this power. Hence, when you consume only little power, the generator works at a low speed and this saves fuel and money. Some inverter technologies can lower the fuel consumption by as much as 40 per cent. It is not possible for a traditional generator to regulate its speed. It works at a single speed to produce maximum power at all times.
Quiet operation is another one of the benefits of the inverter generator. I personally value noise reduction a lot as louder sounds disturb both my clients and my staff and this is certainly not good for any restaurant business. The quiet operation is possible thanks to the speed regulation. When the generator is running at a lower speed, it makes much less noise. You can expect the loudness of the sound produced by an inverter generator to be between 3 and 8 dB lower than that of a traditional device.
Compact & Light
An inverter generator is much more compact and lighter compared to a traditional one. This is because engineers have the opportunity to integrate different mechanical parts more effectively. When a generator is smaller and lighter, it automatically gets better portability. It will be much easier for you to take the device wherever it is needed.
Inverter Generator Disadvantages
It is certainly difficult to find any disadvantages to this technology which works to produce better quality power while saving you money. However, there is one thing that I feel I should mention. The inverter technology is not cheap. The prices are much lower now than they were a couple of years ago thanks to the ever growing competition, but they are still not as low as some consumers would like them to be. Still, you can be certain that your investment will pay off fairly quickly and that it will bring lots of benefits in the future.
A Final Word
Now you can decide whether to go for an inverter generator or not. If you choose this technology, you should ensure that you purchase a portable generator of top quality.