There are a few key differences between converters and inverters that are important to understand. First, converters transform AC voltage to DC voltage, while inverters change DC voltage to AC voltage. In other words, a converter converts 110 voltages to 12 voltages, and an inverter modifies 12 voltages to 110 voltages.
Another key difference between these two devices is that converters are typically used to power DC devices from an AC power source, while inverters are used to power AC devices from a DC power source. For example, you might use a converter to power a DC appliance from an AC outlet, while you would use an inverter to power an AC appliance from a DC battery.
Understanding the key differences between converters and inverters can help you choose the right device for your needs.
A power converter is a device that converts AC to DC, or vice versa. Inverters do the opposite function, converting DC to AC. DC-DC converters are also possible, but not as common in automotive applications.
Some appliances, like laptops, run on DC voltage instead of the AC provided by mains power. This is why every laptop power cable includes a transformer in the middle.
Power converters are useful in a variety of applications, from providing power to devices that need DC voltage, to converting AC to DC so that it can be stored in batteries.
In an automotive context, a power converter can have two main uses: it can charge your DC batteries or it can supply power to your appliances.
As the world increasingly moves away from using fossil fuels, renewable energy sources are becoming more and more popular. Solar power is one of the most popular renewable energy sources, and as solar panels become more efficient, more and more people are using them to power their homes and businesses.
However, solar panels only produce direct current (DC) electricity, and most appliances and devices in our homes and businesses require alternating current (AC) electricity. This is where inverters come in. Inverters are devices that convert DC electricity into AC electricity, and they are becoming more and more common as solar power becomes more popular.
Stand-alone inverters are typically used in RVs, boats, and other vehicles, as they can be used to power devices while on the road. RV owners and campers may especially find value in having an inverter, as they can use it to power devices while on the road. Any car can use them, even if it isn’t an RV. They’re a great option for charging phones, laptops and other small devices.