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Inverters & Accessories

Inverters & Accessories

Inverters & Accessories

 

Inverters

Solar Conduit offers inverters and complete power systems from OutBack Power Systems, Enphase, Morningstar, Apollo Solar, Magnum Energy, Samlex, Xantrex, Fronius, Exceltech, Thor, and SMA.

The inverter is the heart of all but the smallest power systems. It is an electronic device that converts direct current DC power from batteries or solar modules into alternating current AC power to operate lights, appliances or anything that normally operates on power supplied by the utility grid. Inverters come in many varieties, sizes and qualities and offer various features that specialize them for particular applications.

Off-grid, or standalone, inverters convert DC power stored in batteries to AC power that can be used as needed. Select an inverter for your power system based on the maximum load you will be powering, the maximum surge required, AC output voltage required, input battery voltage and optional features needed.  The size of an inverter is measured by its maximum continuous output in watts. This rating must be larger than the total wattage of all of the AC loads you plan to run at one time. Wattage of most AC loads can be determined from a tag or label on the appliance, usually located near where the power cord enters, or from the owner’s manual. If the inverter is expected to run induction motors, like the ones found in top loading washers, dryers, dishwashers and large power tools, it must be designed to surge, or deliver power many times its rating for short periods of time while these motors start.

Standalone inverters are available with two basic power output waveforms: sine wave, and modified sine wave.  Modified sine wave inverters are reasonably priced, but are not recommended for use with modern electronics such as stereos, laptops, televisions, etc., as they make electronics run hotter and also cause noise interference.  Grid-tie inverters, dual-function inverters and utility companies deliver a sine wave.  Sine wave inverters have a higher cost, but they can operate almost anything that can be operated on utility power. Exeltech sine wave inverters are an excellent choice for power systems running audio or telecommunications equipment and other electronics that are waveform-sensitive. Some inverters can be ganged together for up to 36 kW of output and can operate off-grid or grid-tie. We now carry Samlex sine wave PST inverters for a lower cost, a small system sine wave alternative.

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