Travels and Inverters

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There’s nothing more relaxing than traveling—going out of town, driving from known to unknown places, strolling by the seashore, jogging around the park, going camping. These things make us feel alive and renewed. It’s like pressing restart or reset and beginning with something optimistic.

Travels are fun, especially when they’re outdoors. But for those who can’t live a day without using their phone, traveling without a source of electricity can be a bit harsh. After all, some electronics help us get in touch with the people we love even if we’re on a vacay.

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This problem of portable power can be solved with one of the most beneficial inventions in our world today: inverter generator. Inverter generators are the answer to any traveler’s issue on power. With one unit, you can bring a convenient source of energy with you, and you don’t even have to worry about its weight. Gardening and Home has proven this point, and you’ll know more when you read their article.

Below are the benefits of taking an inverter generator with you on your next trips.

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Advantages

  • They are light, making them comfortable to handle, transport, and store.
  • They are fuel-efficient, thereby saving your money for fuel.
  • They automatically change the speed of the engine depending on the power output required by the appliance.
  • They vibrate less compared to standard generators.
  • They have enough run time despite their small size. They can last up to 10 hours!
  • They operate with minimal noise. They only work at 50 to 62 decibels, which is quieter than your vacuum cleaner (70 decibels).
  • They supply clean and smooth energy, making them safe to use with sensitive appliances such as phones, game consoles, tablets, and laptops.
  • They allow parallel operation. You can connect them to another identical unit to double the power output.

 

Calculating Load

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Obviously, you’ll need to calculate how much electricity you need when you travel. After all, an inverter generator can’t power up two appliances at the same time, and it only has limited power in store for you per operation. To maximize the energy output of your inverter, you need to calculate how much power it should have to satisfy your needs. This will lead you to one task: getting the total energy requirements of the appliances you’ll bring when you travel.

Get the info you need from the data tag, nameplate, or stamp placed at the bottom or side of your appliances. You can also read the manual to be sure.

Most of the electricity requirements are measured in amps, and most inverters express their power outputs in watts. Because of this, you’ll need to do some conversion. Don’t worry; with these formulas, you can calculate with ease.

Convert amps to watts:       watts = volts x amps

Convert watts to amps:       amps = watts ÷ volts

That’s it! Before converting though, add all the electricity requirements of everything you’ll be bringing that might need an inverter generator like your laptop, phone, tablet, speakers, outdoor grill, coffee maker, and so on.

Note: If the load is reactive, measure using the beginning wattage which is typically 3x more than the running wattage.