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Yamaha Inverter GeneratorsUnsure whether you need an inverter, generator or converter for your RV? Supplying electrical power to your coach doesn't have to be a confusing issue, although with all the options out there it may be overwhelming. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you may even need a combination of devices to get your intended result. Once you are prepared with the right information, however, the task becomes much simpler.
Mostly self-explanatory, a generator provides electrical power, particularly when an external power source is not present or the main power source is inoperative. Many people have generators at home to keep crucial things running in the event of a power outage or blackout. When looking for a generator, portability and easy storage are certainly factors for your motorhome. You'll also want to consider how much power, or wattage, you need. This ultimately depends on how many devices or systems you plan on running off of it. Noise level is also something to think about, particularly if you'll be running it around other people, or at night. Some models, such as the Yamaha EF2000iS, can be connected with a second generator if you need additional power. You can even keep your batteries charged when a campground power source is not available. Keep in mind that units like the Yamaha EF2000iS are inverter generators, which perform a little differently than other generators, especially in terms of size, noise and power level.
Inverters and converters have one main difference. Inverters will take DC power and convert it into AC power, while converters change AC power back to DC. Inverters work well when you need to run certain devices or appliances that require the higher voltage of AC power. Sometimes they can be used as an emergency power source in place of a generator. It also works off your battery power, so you'll need to keep in mind the power consumption on the batteries when you are running it, especially if it is at full capacity. Inverters can run multiple items at once, depending on their size, but large systems such as air conditioning units are not ideal for use with an inverter. Going beyond just providing DC power, a converter can also keep your batteries charged. 12V DC devices can now be run off a higher voltage AC power source or generator. In the event that you are not connected to some sort of power source, your 12V DV accessories can run of battery power so long as they are adequately charged. Just like with a generator, the amount of wattage you need and the noise level definitely come into play when choosing one of these devices.
If you have further questions about which of these devices is right for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.
By Julie T

Using Generators, Inverters or Converters in Your RV

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