If you want to use appliances that run on AC while you aren’t connected to shore power or running a generator, you need an inverter. If you can use AC appliances in your RV when you aren’t connected to shore power or running a generator, you already have an inverter.
An inverter is the device that draws current from your battery bank, and turns it into 120 volt AC, which is what you get from a standard electrical outlet. Since most appliances like TVs, microwave ovens, laptops, cell phone chargers, etc. use AC, an inverter system will be an important component in making your “boondocking” adventures more comfortable.
Inverters are rated in terms of their peak steady state wattage. The inverters we sell are rated from 2000 watts to 3000 watts. Inverters can typically “surge” beyond their rated capacity for a short period of time. For example, the 3000 watt inverter we sell can surge up to 3900 watts for five seconds.
You may see the words “Modified Sine” or “Pure Sine” associated with inverters. Experience has taught us that Pure Sine inverters are the only way to go. Properly rated Pure Sine inverters will work well with all AC devices, whereas Modified Sine inverters can make some appliances run roughly and shorten their lifespans.
Chargers – Some inverters double as battery chargers when you are connected to shore power. This is a handy feature for topping off your batteries quickly.
Hybrid – Hybrid inverters work great in situations where you are limited by a 15 or 20 amp shore power service but still want to run heavy loads. A hybrid inverter will synchronize its output with shore power allowing you to draw from the shore and your battery bank at the same time.