What Is An Inverter Generator Used For?

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Inverter generators are used for things like camping, tailgating, home backup power, food trucks, outdoor events, and much more.

In these situations, you typically want to use sensitive electronics and/or want to keep noise levels down.

If you look more closely at what an inverter generator is, you will also notice that these are basically always portable machines.

In turn, you get the flexibility of using an inverter generator for multiple of the purposes above.

What are the main purposes of inverter generators?

Two of the main purposes of inverter generators are clean THD power and quieter noise levels.

There are other advantages of inverter generators too, but these are typically less important.

Low THD levels help you avoid damaging and/or speeding up wear and tear of sensitive electronics like a TV, phone, and certain refrigerators.

Quieter noise levels make the generator experience more convenient for you and the people around you.

This can be especially useful for situations like a camping where there are noise level limits.

Additionally, inverter generators are basically always portable which can be useful too.

More specifically, you can use inverter generators in a variety of locations for a variety of purposes.

Even if you don’t plan to travel with your RV across the US, being able to use your machine for both tailgating and a DIY session is a nice benefit.

What can you run off an inverter generator?

You can run basically anything off an inverter generator as long as your machine can generate enough starting watts, running watts, amps, and volts for the devices.

This applies to mini fridges, battery chargers, a TV, a microwave, a welder, a coffee machine, a radio, and much more.

You basically want to measure/figure out how much power your setup requires.

After that, you want to get the right size of inverter generator or choose fewer/smaller electrical devices until your current machine can handle the setup.

Can an inverter generator power a refrigerator?

Yes, an inverter generator can power a refrigerator if it has more than 2200 peak watts.

For smaller inverter generators the answer depends on the watts, amps, and volts the machine can produce and the power needs of the refrigerator

Can an inverter generator run an air conditioner?

Yes, an inverter generator can run an air conditioner if it can produce enough power for the AC.

However, your inverter generator will have to be strong since air conditioners tend to require a lot of power.

When in doubt you want to check your AC user manual or a generator wattage chart.

Examples of when to use an inverter generator

As you can expect, there are many examples of when you can use an inverter generator. Some of these include:

  • (RV) Camping
  • Tailgating
  • Home backup power
  • Food trucks
  • Outdoor events
  • Mobile detailing
  • Off-grid living

In short, in basically any situation where you want to power sensitive electronics and/or keep the noise levels down, you can use an inverter generator.

For situations like a construction site, inverter generators tend to be less essential.

However, even in cases like this, you could still use an inverter generator to get extra power if you have one anyway.

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Mats is the founder and head editor of Generator Decision. With a combination of critical thinking, tireless research, and a healthy interest in electronics he helps people find the right generators and how to use these. At this point in the journey, Mats has done research on hundreds of portable generators.