What is an inverter?

What is an inverter?

An inverter is an electrical device that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). DC power is generally produced by batteries, solar panels or wind turbines, but most of the appliances and machines we use in our daily lives operate on AC power. An inverter enables the use of DC power to operate AC devices. The inverter converts the DC power to AC by rapidly switching the direction of the current, producing a sinusoidal AC waveform or a modified sine wave. With the use of an inverter, portable electronic devices like laptops, and many other household appliances such as televisions, pumps, and refrigerators, can be powered by DC power source such as a battery bank or a solar-powered system. Inverters have become an essential component in many applications, particularly in off-grid or partially-grid-connected systems where AC power is required.

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