Inverter Peak Power vs Rated Power

What is an inverter power rating

Most people are familiar with the term inverter, but when it comes to power ratings, things can get a little confusing. So, what exactly is an inverter power rating?

The rated output power is an important performance parameter of an inverter. It is the power that the inverter can output continuously and steadily for a long time. The rated output power is usually given in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW).

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Inverters are rated by their maximum continuous power output. This is the amount of power that they can output for an extended period of time without overloading or damaging the inverter. The size of the inverter you need will depend on the equipment you plan on running off of it.

When choosing an inverter, it's important to select one that can handle the maximum power draw of your equipment. Make sure to select an inverter with a power rating that meets or exceeds the power requirements of your equipment.If you have equipment that requires 2,000 watts of power, you need a 2000 Watt inverter or a higher power rating.


What is an Inverter Peak Power

When the power inverter starts up, it can maintain a maximum power output for a short period of time, typically within 20 milliseconds. This maximum power output is known as peak power, or peak surge power.

Peak power is important because it determines how quickly the inverter can start up and provide power to the system. If the inverter can't provide enough peak power, the system may not start up properly or may not be able to run at full capacity.

To ensure that an inverter can provide the necessary peak power, manufacturers typically use oversized power transistors. This allows the inverter to provide a higher peak power output for a short period of time, without overloading the transistors.


What is inductive load

High-power electrical products made by electromagnetic induction, such as motors, compressors, relays, fluorescent lamps, etc., such products need a much larger operating current than the current required to maintain normal operation, for example, a refrigerator that consumes about 100W of power during normal operation, the operating power can reach 900W or more.

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This voltage peak is much higher than the voltage value that can be carried by the inverter, which can easily cause instantaneous overload of the inverter and affect the life cycle of the inverter. Therefore, this type of appliance has a higher standard for the supply waveform.


What factors influence the peak power rating

The inverter peak power rating is affected by numerous factors, including the type of inverter, the input voltage, the output voltage, the frequency, and the efficiency. The most important factor, however, is the type of inverter. The three types of inverters are square wave, modified sine wave, and true sine wave.

Square wave inverters are the most common and cheapest type of inverter. They are also the least efficient, with efficiency ratings of only 50-60%. However, they are still adequate for many applications, such as powering lights and small appliances.

Modified sine wave inverters are more expensive than square wave inverters, but are also more efficient, with efficiency ratings of 70-80%. They are also better at handling inductive loads, such as motors.

True sine wave inverters are the most expensive type of inverter, but are also the most efficient, with efficiency ratings of 90-95%. They are also the best at handling inductive loads, and are the only type of inverter that can power sensitive electronic equipment.


How to choose the right power inverter

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Some appliances or tools that use electric motors, such as refrigerators, washing machines, drills, etc., require a large current to drive them at the moment of starting. Only when the peak output power reaches the peak power of the appliance to start, the appliance can be turned on normally. Once the start-up is successful, only a smaller current is needed to maintain its normal operation. As long as the rated output power reaches the power required for the stable operation of the appliance, the appliance can operate normally.

If your appliance is a fan, TV, etc. that consumes a total of 1000 watts, then you need to buy an inverter with a rated power of 1000 watts or more. However, if the appliance is an inductive load with an electric motor, the starting power of the appliance must be considered when choosing the capacity of the inverter.

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