Portable Generator or Inverter — What’s the Difference?

Portable generators use a combustion engine, which must turn at 3,600 rpm to generate electrical output, typically of 120/240 volts at 60hz frequency. The engine runs at a constant speed, regardless of electrical load.

During a power outage, portable generators can run multiple (depending on the wattage) essential appliances. They also provide a means of power where additional electricity is needed, including DIY projects, hobbies, power tools, outdoor events, and construction sites. Although portable generators offer the greatest output and extended run times, they are heavier to transport and use more fuel.

Inverter technology produces electricity on demand based on what is being powered, resulting in a slower engine speed with less noise and lower fuel consumption.

Inverter technology also provides a sine wave equal to the power delivered by a utility. The electric current is consistent and stable, allowing consumer powering of more sensitive electronics, such as laptops or televisions, without voltage fluctuation.

Inverters can work in case of a power outage at home, but they won’t be able to power multiple appliances at once, for example a refrigerator and an air conditioner. An inverter with 2,000 watts can individually power a security system, laptop, dishwasher, furnace fan, kitchen appliance, television, or sump pump.

Inverters with their light weight, and low noise levels, are ideally suited for camping, RV, marine, tailgating, and other uses in the outdoor recreation market.

A-iPower offers inverters at 2,000, 2,300 and 3,800 watts. Visit a-ipower.com for additional information.