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Using an Inverter for Emergency Home Backup Power

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At Inverter Supply we take your portable power needs as seriously as you do. We know finding the right power inverter can be challenging and our staff is poised to guide you through the selection process. Such as the inverter for Emergency H
At Inverter Supply we take your portable power needs as seriously as you do. We know finding the right power inverter can be challenging and our staff is poised to guide you through the selection process. Such as the inverter for Emergency Home Backup Power is very important.
 
Using an inverter for emergency power is by far the most common use.  Before you purchase an inverter you will want to take a piece of paper and a pen and write down all of the appliances that you feel are necessary to have during a power outage. After you write down all that, you need to go to each one of the appliances and look on the back or bottom for what is called the service tag. This tag will show you a few important specs that help with picking the correct size of the inverter. The first spec that you will most likely come across is the voltage; this will either be 110,115, or 120vac. 
 
In some cases you may find that the voltage is between 205vac and 240vac. You will need a special inverter to run this appliance. We will get to that later. 
 
The next spec you will find will be the Amps. For example this should read like this: 6.0a or 6.0 amps. What you will do now is take the volts--lets say 115--and multiply by amps 6.0 and this will give you 690 watts. The equation should look like this Volts x Amps = Watts or in this example 115 x 6.0 = 690. Ok, Now that we got that out of the way we can start sizing an inverter that is going to work well during a power outage. 
 
The most common inverter sold for emergency home back-up power is a 1750 watt. The reason for this is that most people want to hook it up to their car, and the 1750 is perfect for most vehicles and will run most appliances. When you hook the inverter up to your vehicle, to run the inverter you will want to try to keep the inverter close to the battery, and out of any weather. I get a lot of calls about why inverters sometimes won't work when they are hooked to the vehicle this way. Most people hook these up with jumper cables. This is not the best way to do this. Jumper cables do not give a proper connection to the inverter. The best way to hook an inverter up is with a ring terminal that fits properly over the inverter post. 
 
Next we have to cover how the battery will hold a charge. You will want to keep the vehicle running while the inverter is hooked up. This will allow the vehicle's charging system to keep a charge on the battery while the inverter is in use. If the car is off, the inverter will still work. However, for prolonged use the inverter will work best if the vehicle is running. This just about covers using an inverter for emergencies with a vehicle.
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