Due to the similarity of these terms and the fact that many people use them almost interchangeably, consumers seem to be a little confused about the difference between generators, inverters, and inverter generators.

So what is the differences between these, which one is better in 2021 ?

Don't worry, we will answer this question in the article. So please keep reading!

This article includes the following topics:

(1) Definition of Generators, Inverters and Inverter Generators

(2) The Main Difference Between a Generator and an Inverter Generator. Inverter Vs Generators

(3) Pros and Cons of Inverter Generators

(4) When would You Use An Inverter Generator?

(5) What Kind of Inverter Generator Should You Buy?

(6) What Size Inverter Generator Do You Need?

(7) What Equipment Can ERAYAK EIG2200P 2,200 Watt Inverter Generators Run?

(1) First Of All, Definition

Conventional Generators
Conventional generators have been around for long time, and the basic concept behind them has remained essentially unchanged. They consist of an energy source, usually a fossil fuel such as diesel, propane or gasoline, which powers a motor attached to an alternator that produces electricity. The motor must run at a constant speed (usually 3600 rpm) to produce the standard current that most household uses require (Typically 120 or 220 Volts AC @ 60 Hertz). If the engine’s rpm fluctuates, so will the frequency (Hertz) of the electrical output.

An inverter gains power from a DC source (typically a comparatively fixed source, like a car battery or a solar panel), and uses electronic circuitry to “invert” the DC power into AC power. The converted AC can be at any required voltage and frequency with the use of appropriate equipment, but for consumer-level applications, the most common combination is probably taking the 12V DC power from car, boat or RV batteries and making it into the 120V/240V AC power required for most everyday uses.

Inverter Generators
Inverter generators produce electricity in a ‘pure sine wave’ format – that is, in continuous smooth waves. Conventional generator technology delivers power in choppier square waves.Inverter generators produce power in three stages – high-frequency AC (alternating current), DC (direct current) and stable AC. This differs from standard conventional generators, which only produce AC electricity.Conventional portable generators deliver higher output than the inverter types. However, the result you get from inverter technology is a cleaner power delivery that adjusts up and down according to load, with minimal harmonic distortion.This makes inverter generators very suitable for sensitive devices like mobile phones, LED televisions, audio equipment and laptops, as they prevent overheating and overload.The lower output of inverter generators can also be doubled by connecting two generators through a parallel connection.

(2) The Main Difference Between A Generator and An Inverter Generator

When compared to conventional portable generators, inverter units provide the following benefits:

●Less distortion due to cleaner voltage.
●Greater fuel efficiency due to lower fuel requirements.
●Lower carbon emissions, making them more eco-friendly.
●Smaller size and lighter weight, making them easy to transport.
●Quieter operation.

In terms of purchase cost, inverter generators tend to be pricier than conventional ones in the same power range, due to their more complex technology.
However, this can be offset by their lower operating costs and other benefits.

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(3) Pros and Cons of Inverter Generators

When deciding whether an inverter generator is a suitable option for your off-grid electricity needs, it’s important that you consider each aspect of the generator and your specific situation. Here are the pros and cons of inverter generators to help you assess and evaluate your options:

Advantages of Inverter Generators

●Fuel Efficiency: Inverter generators are much more fuel-efficient than conventional fuel-powered generators. An inverter generator automatically adjusts the speed of the engine to only what is required by the load, unlike conventional generators which operate at a constant speed. Running the generator at a lower speed saves energy, so less fuel is needed.

●Cleaner Power: The inverter’s electronics technology produces a sine wave that outputs fewer fuel emissions and much cleaner power than a traditional generator. Higher quality electrical output means a safer environment for electronics. The quality of output also lends itself to parallel capability.

●Low Noise Level: Most inverter generators produce noise at less than 60 decibels, which is the volume of a quiet conversation. The small engine operates at a slower and steadier pace, producing less noise than a conventional generator. Inverter generators are constructed with a noise-reducing design that involves enclosed casing and installed mufflers for sound insulation.

●Easy Maintenance: Inverter generators require very little maintenance compared to their conventional counterparts. Maintenance is limited to battery inspection, which should be performed each month to ensure smooth operation.

●Portability: Inverter generators are more lightweight than standard fuel-powered generators due to the smaller fuel tank. Most portable inverter generator models are designed with carrying handles and wheels for easy mobility.

●Parallelism: More modern inverter generators can often be connected in parallel to obtain double power. This means that when you need more power, such as a large air conditioner, you can easily connect two inverter generators in parallel to meet the demand.

●Emergency power to your Tesla: Is your electric car dead? Try putting an inverter generator in the trunk for emergency. As the electricity generated by the inverter generator is purer, more and more electric vehicle owners indicate that they will put an inverter generator in the trunk in 2021.

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Disadvantages of Inverter Generators

●Cost: Inverter generators used to be more expensive than conventional portable generators. Even though, the upfront cost of the unit can be hefty, but the unit provides plenty of advantages that make the investment worthwhile in many situations. However, the above-mentioned problem has long been obsolete, take honda eu2200i(1100USD) as an example, ERAYAK EIG2200P(500USD) provides the same performance at half the price.

●Lower Power Output: Limited to technology and cost, inverter power generators are usually lower 5000 Watts. The standard inverter generator is capable of running some small household appliances, air conditioning, RVs and outdoor equipment. To increase power output, the inverter generator can run in parallel mode with a duplicate generator.

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(4) When would You Use Sn Inverter Generator?

Inverter generators are often a popular choice for situations where power requirements are relatively low (e.g. compared to a full-size house) and where quiet operation and portability are important.

This means that as well as being great for recharging your laptop or phone, an inverter generator might be suitable for:

●Camping trips
●Fishing trips
●outdoor adventures
●Running caravan air conditioning
●Emergency power source for EV
●For use in the home to keep things ticking over during a temporary blackout
●As a power source for a mobile food or coffee business
●Or to power outdoor lighting for a garden party.

Needless to say, there are many use cases for an inverter generator- both for recreation and home, trade use. 

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(5) What Kind of  Inverter Generator Should You Buy?

Before deciding on a suitable unit, there are a few questions to ask relating to power needs, purpose, features and costs. Here are some suggestions.

PLEASE NOTE THAT: Is it a pure sine wave generator? What model(power) do I need?

Some generators are ‘modified sine wave’ units and produce a choppier signal in comparison. To get the type of generator we are describing here, make sure to look for one with a pure sine wave inverter generator.

Then you need to think about how many watts do you need. You need to consider the total power of all appliances. Some electrical appliances such as air conditioners (700W) will start at 3 times the current when starting, which means that your air conditioner requires a maximum of 700W*3=2100W, so you cannot choose an inverter generator with a peak power less than 2100W.

(6) What Size Inverter Generator Do You Need?

There are several steps to consider for this:Look up the power needs of the appliances you want to run, including how much they need to start up. In many cases, wattages of both will be the same, but it will differ for items with a heat element or motor (e.g. air conditioners, hair dryers, fridges, toasters, coffee machines and electric tools). Some of these items can have up to four times the power requirement to start up as they do for continuous running.

If you are going to be running several appliances at once, add up the power requirements of each to arrive at a total. This will enable you to get a generator with the right capacity for your needs. Let’s say you are going on a camping trip and you want to be able to run a camp fridge, laptop, recreational air conditioner, TV and coffee machine – possibly at the same time on occasion. In this case, you will likely need a 2,000 to 3,000-watt inverter generator capacity to allow for start-up and running.

Once you have an idea of your requirements, contact our team to discuss the best models to suit your needs.

(7) What Equipment Can ERAYAK EIG2200P 2,200 Watt Inverter Generators Run?

A ERAYAK EIG2200P 2,200-watt inverter generator can run a range of recreational and household appliances. Here are some examples:

Recreational – caravan air conditioner, camping fridge, toaster, TV, laptop, coffee machine, barbecue.

Household – fridge, toaster, TV, ceiling fan, laptop, coffee machine, toaster, vacuum cleaner, small power tools.

However, it all hinges on the power requirements of each appliance and what you intend running together.

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