What exactly is a sine wave inverter? Basically, it is a device that takes the output of a battery, direct current or DC, as its known, and converts it to alternating current or AC, which is like the power from your home outlets. There are a multitude of devices on the market today that will perform the above functions, but they are not all created equal.

Pure Sine Wave or Modified?

The first thing you should know is there are two types of inverter on the market, pure sine wave and modified. Generally speaking, they will both perform the same functions, but in a distinctly different manner. While modified inverters are cheaper as a rule, pure sine waves are usually the better choice.

Modified sine wave inverters send energy out in chunky, almost block-like waves. Kind of an all or nothing proposal. Pure sine wave inverters, on the other hand, produce energy in even arching waves. When does this matter? In both situations, your devices will work. They are getting power after all, but items like fans, lights, radios and other sensitive equipment will buzz and run a little on the hot side when powered by a modified inverter. In addition to being on the noisy side, the constant power can shorten the overall lifespan of the device being powered.

Choosing the Right Inverter

These are just a couple of basic differences in the type of inverters on the market today. You should know there are also different sizes and those scaled differently based on whether they are intended for commercial, industrial, residential, grid tied or off grid applications. When you begin seeking a company to provide your pure sine wave inverters, make sure they are prepared with devices applicable to your particular set up and in the case of industrial, future expansions.