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What is an Inverter Generator? Pros and Cons

From the smallest gadgets to the biggest factories, generators keep our world powered has helped many people and organisations.

However, there’s much more to generators than just a machine making electricity. In this article, we’re taking a look at inverter generators, finding out the good and the bad so that you can make an informed decision.


What are Inverter Generators?

The new and portable range of generators known as inverter generators is revolutionising generator technology. This new range of generators that are becoming quite popular nowadays can adjust its engine speed as per the load size instead of running continuously with the same load. This upgrade in technology also means lower fuel consumption and accurate power.

What else is new? Well, some of these machines come with inbuilt sensors that trigger a shutdown whenever the carbon monoxide level is alarmingly high. Some even emit fewer amounts of carbon monoxide, thus becoming a better environment-friendly option compared to their previous versions.

This new upgrade allows the inverter generators to work silently and more efficiently. This also saves fuel and our money. Though they are expensive, they are cheaper in the long run.

Types of inverter generators

These generators are broadly classified into three types based on their size:

  • Large: The large sized inverter generators weigh around 250 pounds and are too big to be used just for a party. But they are powerful enough to light up your house. These generators can produce energy upto 220 volts. These can directly be connected to our electric panels using a safety device called transfer switch.
  • Mid-sized: These can weigh upto 80 pounds and can produce power upto 2500 to 4500 watts but it is not recommended to be used or connected to electric panels even with a transfer switch. These are too dangerous to even be used by directly connecting them to electric devices if certain guidelines are not followed.
  • Recreational: These weigh upto 50 to 60 pounds and can generate power upto 2000 watts that is good enough for parties and and camping but not for other purposes.

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Pros and cons of Inverter Generators

Here are a few pros and cons for inverter generators.

ProsCons
Fuel efficiency: The fuel efficiency of these generators is very good. Since they don’t have to produce the same amount of power for a longer period, they save a lot of fuel.High price: These generators might seem very costly, but the long term effects and their perks make it worth the investment.
Eco-friendly: They use the inverter sine wave technology that has fewer fuel emissions and higher power generation. This higher power generation creates a safer environment for electrical devices to work.Low power output: These generators can be used to light up small houses and can be used for camping sites and parties. But when it comes to bigger usage, they can’t be used.
Less operational sound: These generators produce noise of only 60 decibels that is also the range of volume of a normal conversation. This happens due to the installation of mufflers and noise-reducing design, including casing.
Smaller size: Due to their smaller size, they are easy to carry around and cover less space; thus can fit anywhere.

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