Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about mobile power and renewable energy products and the systems that convert DC to AC power.

Battery Monitors – a window into your power system

Battery Monitors - a window into your power system - written By Chris McClellan - Director Enerdrive For as long as I’ve been involved in selling Independent Power Products which is now 21 years, battery monitors have been a very major part of the products within my...

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Understanding Pure Sine Power Inverters

An inverter is a piece of equipment that converts DC battery power into AC 230v mains power. Inverters are available in varying wattage outputs ranging from 150w through to 5000w+. When inverters were first invented, they produced what is called a “Modified” sine wave...

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Flat v Angle Installation of Solar Panels

The positioning of solar panels determines the power output. The angle of the sun in relationship to the angle of the solar panel determines the maximum power density. The tilt angle has the biggest effect on the efficiency of the solar panel. When the angle of the...

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Lithium Battery Overview 2016

Lithium Battery Overview 2016 Lithium Based batteries are quickly becoming a reasonable replacement for the 150 year old technology of Lead-Acid batteries. In applications where weight is a consideration, Lithium batteries are among the lightest options available. In...

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Lithium … It’s All The Rage

Lithium Batteries Are All The Rage ... But does your Caravan or RV really need a lightweight, super-efficient battery system? We get many people inquiring about lithium batteries for their caravans, motorhomes and boats, but the big question is do they really need to...

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Realistic Inverter Loads Explained

What can I run from my Inverter ... Realistically. When using inverters many people have different conceptions of what are realistic inverter loads. Here is a general overview of What's Real & What's Dreaming. Basic household AC appliances such as Televisions,...

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What is an inverter?

What is an inverter? Modern inverters have caused a quiet revolution in the way we live with independent power systems, by providing silent 240 volt AC electricity anytime, anywhere. So, just what is an inverter? An inverter transforms the DC electricity stored in...

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Voltage Problems? See Our Cable Size Chart.

Got voltage problems? Check your cable sizes. In an independent power system, you generally would find an inverter and battery charger system working to the common goal of providing power. What ties each of these together are the battery cables to supply the power to...

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Inverter Output Waveforms

Inverter Output Waveforms Pure Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave. The differences between these types of inverter output waveforms are subtle, but significant in the way that they operate certain types of loads.   Modified Sine wave Inverters These units are...

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MPPT vs PWM Solar Controllers

MPPT vs PWM Solar Controllers Which is the best solar controller for my system? MPPT or PWM? We have compiled a small amount of information that will hopefully help you to understand better what the difference is, and why you should choose an MPPT or a PWM type Solar...

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Maximising Charge Sources

Maximising Your Charge Sources One of the most common comments we receive from users across the market is the statement "we run from a solar system", but do not elaborate any further on what makes up their total "System". Using the term "Solar System" is really a...

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Inverter Summary

Inverter Summary One thing that you will find in the market place are substantial price differences from one inverter to another, not only between Modified and Pure sine wave but also between different brands. Due to the market for such items becoming more...

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Inverter Questions Answered

What can I run from my Inverter ... Realistically. Have an inverter question? Here is a list of the most common inverter questions that we get asked. How long will my batteries last? Each time I run my inverter a high pitched alarm is sounding? This is the most often...

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Economical System Sizing

Economical System Sizing Our recommendations when it comes to system sizing is this: Sit down and list everything that you would ever want to run from your power inverter. Once this is done, look for any appliance with a power rating above 2000watts and strike these...

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Common Installation Problems

What can I run from my Inverter ... Realistically. My electrician will not install my inverter because there is no earth from the 240 volts AC. Will my RCD's work, and can the inverter be installed safely? Unlike mains power, the AC output of a power inverter does not...

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