1000 watt solar panel kit (1KW) – off-grid application.

1000 watt solar panel kitA 1000 watt solar panel kit with the right inverter and battery bank can take your cottage off-grid. Solar power systems are still quite expensive when you compare them with the grid-supplied power. In my opinion, though, they are cheaper than generators for off-grid applications.

Why 1000 watt solar panel?

You do not need a 1000 watt solar panel kit to start your journey off-grid. But you will be off to a very good start if you start from here. A 1000 watt solar panel kit will provide a lot of power to recharge your batteries during the day fast enough to use it again at night.

What can a 1000 watt solar panel kit do?

Most solar panel kit are 24 volts systems. You can have a 1000 watt solar panel system that is a 12 volt system. The downside of a 12 volt system is that, you will be drawing more current from your batteries and as such you will loose more power to heating of your battery cables.

A 1000 watt solar panel system does not mean that all you can power is your house is 1000 watts. The 1000 watt rating only refers to the amount of power that will be returned to your battery bank from the sun light.

A 1000 watt solar panel system will deliver 1000 watts to your batteries every hour that the sun is directly over the panels. We all know that the sun will not always be over head. So depending on your location and time of the year, you may get an average of 5 – 12 hours of sunlight daily.

This means that your 1000 watt solar panel kit can theoretically deliver 5,000 t0 12,000 watts of power to your battery bank. In practice however, you may estimate for 50-70% of that. This is because the sun is only directly over your panels for about 1 hour of the day. At other times it is at an angle and your panels will not deliver the full 1000 watts.

Examples of 1000 watt solar panel installations.

Components

These are not the exact components used in this video. These are the components you will need to build yours.

Cables and wood work will cost extra. At least you can work with these and get a good estimate. The 1000 watt kit from Eco-Worthy comes with the solar charge controller. You may also choose to build your own kit. It may be a little more expensive, but you will have more control.

Another Example of 1000 watt solar panel installation (actually 1200 watt) in Phoenix, Arizona

Components needed to build a similar System. This is if you want to build your own solar power kit.

This system runs a 6000 BTU window air conditioner, washing machine and other electronics for 10hrs daily.

Here are some 1000 watt solar panel kits.

24 Volts – 1000 watt Solar Panel Kit

Eco-Worthy 1000 watt Poly Solar panel kit

1000 watt solar panel kit

12 Volts – 1000 watt Solar Panel kits

Renogy

1000 watt solar panel kit

What to add to your Kit to make your system

In addition to the solar panel kit, you will need a power inverter and a battery bank. You will also need racks to arrange your batteries, some fuses and maybe extra cables.

To choose the right inverter, you will need to decide if you want a 1500 watt inverter, 1000 watt inverter, 2000 watt inverter  or 3000-watt inverter. There are other capacities too.

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter – 100 W, and 1 – 10 KWatt Power Inverters

best pure sine wave inverterAre looking to buy an inverter and you are wondering what is the best pure sine wave inverter in the market these days? Then look no further. In this article, we highlight the top selling pure sine wave inverters in the market. Not only that, we also have a section where we list pure sine wave inverters by capacity.

What really is a Pure Sine Wave Inverter?

A pure sine wave inverter is a device that converts direct current from a battery to alternating current similar to that supplied by the power company in your city. A pure sine wave inverter produces current that is very close to that supplied by your power company. This is better than the modified sine wave inverter that produces current that is similar but not as smooth.

Low Frequency Inverter or High Frequency Inverter?

There are 2 types of pure sine wave inverters. The low-frequency (LF) pure sine wave inverters and the high-frequency (HF) pure sine wave inverters.

The LF inverters use a big copper transformer, so they are bigger, heavier and more expensive. They are also better with equipment that requires high starting power such as compressors and air-conditioners, especially if you use these equipment regularly and for long periods. The video below will give you more

The HF inverters use smaller transformers and electronic components. They are lighter in weight and are less expensive. These are good for the occasional user. There is no need to spend so much money on an inverter if you will only use it for a few hours a week. These inverters are also perfect for electronic equipment and smaller devices even when using them for several hours daily. The video below will give you more info:

As you choose your pure sine wave inverter today, make sure you choose the one most suitable to your needs. The more expensive ones are the LF inverters and the less expensive ones are the HF inverters.

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter by Capacity

When thinking of buying an inverter, the first thing you want to do is figure out what the power rating of your inverter will be. To know that, you need to think of what you will be using the inverter to power. Check the power rating of the equipment you want to power and add the ratings to come up with the total power rating needed. You can then buy a power inverter that has a rating higher than your power needs. If you will not be using your equipment simultaneously, then all you need to know is the power rating of the equipment with the highest power consumption.

Pure sine wave inverters range from 100 watts to 30,000 (30 kwatts) capacity. Most home users stop at the 5000-watt pure sine wave inverter and commercial users start from 10,000-watt inverters. Our goal in this article is to present you with a list of the best pure sine wave inverters available for purchase online on Amazon.

In other articles on our website, we have reviewed a number of these inverters by capacity. In these other reviews, we have included the modified sine wave inverters as well as the pure sine wave inverter for that capacity.

You can read about 1000 watt inverters, 1500 watt inverters, 2000 watt inverters, 3000 watt inverters, and more.

In this article, I have not selected the best pure sine wave inverter for each category because there are many different features that appeal to different buyers. What I have done here is to list the ones that we noticed were relatively good. They have good reviews from previous buyers. There are some of these inverters that do not have many reviews. We added them to the list because they are produced by reputable companies who may not yet be marketing their inverters properly on Amazon and as such do not have as many reviews.

Best pure sine wave inverter –  100 watt to 500 Watts

Best Sine wave inverter – 500 Watts to 900 Watts

Best Pure Sine wave inverter – 1000 Watts – 1400 Watts

Read more reviews – Best 1000 watt inverter

Best Pure  Sine wave inverter – 1500 Watts – 1900 Watts

Read more Reviews – Best 1500 watt inverter

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter – 2000 Watts – 2900 Watts

Read more reviews – Best 2000 watt inverter

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter – 3000 Watts – 4900 Watts

Read More Reviews – Best 3000 watt inverter

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter – 5000 Watts – 9000 Watts

I always wonder why one would like to draw 5000 watts from a 12 volts battery system? You will need to have very good cables to connect your battery bank to the inverter. A 48V or 24V inverter may be a better choice for the home, RV or off-grid user. That being said, here is a selection of 5000 watts inverters.

Best Pure Sine Wave Inverter – 10000 Watts and above

 

Inverter Generator – What is it and what are the best Inveter generators!

I am always looking out for alternatives to generators and recently I ran into something called and inverter generator.  With technological advancement happening all around us, the generator world is gradually evolving. The conventional portable gas generator we are acquainted with is being replaced by the inverter generator. If you are new to the generator market, it can be confusing to understand the incredible number of differences between these generators. However, this article will serve as a guide, explaining these differences. I have also highlighted the best inverter

WHAT IS AN INVERTER GENERATOR?

Inverter Generators outputs AC current just like most conventional generators would. However, the current is then converted to DC voltage and inverted back to clean AC voltage. The inverter smooths and improves the quality of the electricity generated. This process effectively irons out variations and spikes that might otherwise be harmful. Simply put, an inverter generator is capable of providing electricity of similar quality to “mains” electricity from a socket in your house. This means that you can run sensitive electronic equipment without fear of damage.

What is the difference between Conventional Generator, Inverter, & Inverter Generator?

A conventional generator, the one we are familiar with, consists of an engine driving an alternator to produce electricity. The engine has to run at a constant speed to provide the correct frequency of electricity. However, the frequency of the electricity will vary with fluctuations in engine revs. The power spikes make this type of generator risky to use for running your sensitive electronics.

The inverter converts the power produced that comes in the form of direct current and converts it to alternating current. This current is filtered and given a fixed frequency, producing cleaner power than conventional generators.

The inverter generator, on the other hand,  incorporates both the technologies into one powerful equipment. It produces electricity just as a conventional generator does and converts the power produced just as an inverter would. The power supplied by the inverter is a pure sine wave and always the correct voltage and frequency. They are your best and safest bet when it comes to running sensitive electronics. Computers, TVs, and Microwaves are some examples of sensitive electronics.

Which is right for me?

Depending on a number of factors, any of these could prove to be a right choice for you. Let us look at the important features to look out for while purchasing one. We will also see how each of these generators fit the profile.

 Size [Weight/Portability]

It is advised that you go for generators that are portable and lightweight. Most inverter generators fit this profile. Their portability makes them easy to transport as they fit easily into your car, boat or RV. Conventional generators on the other have are heavy and bulky. They lack the convenience that inverter generators have.

Maximum Power Output

Conventional generators come in just about any size you want. They usually range from 500 watts to 50,000 watts and higher. Inverter generators focus on convenience, quiet operation and portability, meaning that their maximum output possibilities are limited. They are mainly available in 1000 to 4000-watt models.

Quality of Power Produced

The conventional generator is connected to an alternator and runs at a speed that produces the desired AC frequency at a cost. The output of the alternator is connected directly to the load, without any processing. This means that the quality of power produced is not clean and can cause damage to sensitive electronics.

The inverter generator, however, has a slightly different mode of operation. This unit produces AC electricity just like a conventional generator but a rectifier is used to convert the AC power to DC. Capacitors are used to smooth it out to a certain degree and DC power is then “inverted” back into clean AC power at the desired frequency and voltage. The resulting electricity is much cleaner; essentially the same quality of electricity that you typically get from your electric company. This makes it a suitable power source for running sensitive electronics such as your printers, game consoles, computer and other appliances/electronics.

Fuel Efficiency / Run Time

The run time depends largely on the fuel tank size. Inverter generators are more fuel-efficient. Its engine speed adjusts according to the power load needed.  Conventional generators instead normally run at an even 3600 rpm, regardless of the power load. Fuel savings can be significant.

Noise

Inverter generators are designed to be comparatively quiet. This type of generator adjusts the electrical characteristics of the power produced using microprocessors and special electronics. This means that the engine can throttle back when the load is light, saving fuel and substantially reducing noise.

The conventional generators are quite noisy. They run at a constant speed (typically 3600 rpm) in order to produce a stable flow of electricity.  To give an idea, an inverter generator running low, could be the equivalent of people conversing. Instead, many conventional generators can have the same noise range (decibels) as a chain saw. A silenced generator has the same engine as a conventional generator, running at a constant 3600 rpm, but is much quieter due to the acoustic cabinet which significantly dampens the sound. The conventional generators, on the other hand, are quite noisy. They run at a constant speed (typically 3600 rpm) in order to produce a stable flow of electricity.  This type of generator can have the same noise range (decibels) as a chain saw.

Price

The conventional generator has a greater advantage than the inverter generator in terms of price. The former is very affordable and less costly to repair. All the amazing benefits of the inverter generation come at a quite expensive cost. Its convenience, quiet operation, fuel efficiency, portability and controlled power output makes it stand out.

Before making a choice, you can evaluate the importance of each of these factors. You can check what applications you intend to use your choice generator for and your scheduled budget.

Top 3 Inverter Generators in the Market

Inverter Generators are increasingly becoming popular due to their high efficiency, amongst other amaxing qualities already mentioned above. Aome of the rated best inverters for this year, 2017 in the generator market include:

Champion Power Equipment 75531i Inverter Generator

75531i is arguably the best inverter generator in the market this year. It has 3100W powered by a 171cc OHV engine which makes it capable of running for 8 hours on a full tank. Like most inverter generators, it provides clean energy and has low noise pollution. What makes it stand out from other inverter generator is its capability of powering a 15,000btu air conditioner. You can take this device while on a trip, remote areas or campsites. The device weighs 80lbs which includes 4 integrated wheels and a stowaway handle. Other features include an enclosed housing, 1-12V DC outlet w/cables, overload protection switch, 1-tt30 Receptacle and a low oil sensor. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Westinghouse iGen2500 Portable Inverter Generator – 2200 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts – Gas Powered

This is another one of the top ranking inverters available in the market. This generator produces enough power to light an average home including its electronic gadgets. It is very cost effective when compared to other similarly rated inverters. This unit is portable and produces power clean enough to run your sensitive equipments. It also has a 12V adapter where you can charge cell phones, laptops and other appliances. The iGen2500 has a high rating and loads of positive reviews  due to its high quality features. Some of these features include:

  • Double air circuit and muffler to maintain coolness as your unit runs.
  • Power indicator light,
  • Low oil shut down,
  • Asymmetrical fans,and a sound output
  • AC overload reset,
  • High efficiency running mode, a tool kit and an oil fill measuring container.

Honda EU 2000ITIA3 Portable Inverter Generator

This generator runs on a 2000 Watts inverter that produces only about 53 decibels of noise. When on a full tank, the generator can run for up to 8 hours, producing continuously clean power while on. Its powerful Honda GX100 engine makes it produce a great chunk of energy capable of powering an average home’s lighting systems plus all its electric appliances and gadgets. Owing to its light weight, you can carry this generator around your home, on a trip, and wherever else you need it.

Like other inverter generators, Honda EU 2000ITI produces consistent clean power and is equipped with overload protection. It has an oil alert system which protects it from any damages that may occur should oil reduce in the engine. You can use this generators to power your refrigerator, microwaves and other sensitive equipment without worry. It also comes with a 3- year warranty, so you can rest assured that the generator is made to last for quite a long time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HQST Solar Panel Review – 100 watt Monocrystalline and more

HQST solar panel review

I installed a 200 watt solar panel in my home in May 2016. Since then I have been researching solar panels. I think I am becoming a solar energy enthusiast to say the least. This is an HQST Solar Panel Review. I believe that solar energy is the way to go when it comes to being energy efficient. After installing my first Solar Panel and reading a few solar panel reviews, there are a few things that I look for. I believe anyone who is interested in buying a solar panel and is not a solar panel “expert” will benefit from this review of the HQST 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel and other Solar panels.  

 

How much Power?

Hqst solar panel plateThe 100 Watt rating on the solar panel refers to the peak power that the panels can out put when placed under direct sunlight. It is the ideal case. In reality you will not get this peak power all through the day. If you have direct sunlight for 5 hours, then the solar panels will ideally output 500 Wh of power.

This means you can use the solar panels to ideally supply 500 Watt hour of power to your battery or to any direct current load that may be connected to the panels. In my own case I bought my solar panels to charge my 200Ah battery.  It is more realistic to assume that the panels will only supply 80% of the max power rating even when you have an almost ideal situation. If however there is some shade, some cloud or your placement does not allow for adequate sunlight to your panels the amount of power outputted will be affected.

Solar technology has advanced greatly such that you can easily find a solar panel in just the right size to suit your electrical/electronic needs. Purchasing 100 Watt solar panel is a great choice if you merely want a small solar PV system for your home or your RV. This HQST Solar Panel Review will give you an insight on the HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel; its features, pros, and cons including a list of other quality HQST solar panels.

 

HQST Solar Panel Specification

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Max. System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 47 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches

FEATURES

  • The tempered glass and corrosion resistant aluminum frame allows each panel to withstand high wind (2400Pa) and snow loads (5400Pa), increasing durability and value.
  • High Module Conversion Efficiency. Its bypass diodes ensure excellent performance in low light environments.
  • Monocrystalline panels come with high-efficiency solar cells that increase space efficiency.
  • Pre-drilled holes on the back of the panel allow for easy and secure mounting.
  • Off-Grid Rooftop/Ground Mounted.
  • Advanced encapsulation materials with multilayered sheet laminations to enhance cell performance and prolong service life
  • IP65 rated junction box provides complete protection against environmental particles and low-pressure water jets.
  • TPT back sheet ensures smooth performance over a long period of time.
  • 5 years material and workmanship warranty including 25 years power output warranty.

Benefits of HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

  • This solar panel is easy to install.
  • It is ideal for both residential and rural use
  • Pre-drilled holes on the back of the panel provide a fast and secure mounting option.
  • Its monocrystalline solar cells give you more efficiency per space compared to polycystalline solar panels.
  • It is reliable, having a high conversion efficiency and simple mounting advantage.
  • This solar panel is quite durable. The cells laminated into the plastic makes it stronger than glass or aluminum options.

Shortcomings

  • It comes with no bare wire MC4 Connectors

This product has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon, costing Out of stock with a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 and 84 customer reviews. Most of the customers had nice things to say about the product. To see reviews on Amazon, click here.

In Conclusion,

This product seems to be a great one so far. HSQT Solar Panels have proven to be true over time. They deliver quality products that last overtime with an amazing warranty plan.

Some other solar panels marketed by HQST include:

150 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Flexible Solar Panel

HQST 100 WATT 12 VOLT POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR PANEL

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit with 30A PWM LCD Display Charge Controller

HQST 100 Watt 12Volt Off Grid Polycrystalline Portable Foldable Solar Panel Suitcase with Charge Controller

 

HQST 200 Watt 12 Volt Monorystalline Solar Panel Kit with 20A PWM LCD Display Charge Controller

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Marine Kit

HQST 400 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel Kit (MPPT40)

Best 1000 watt inverter – 2017 (Modified and Pure Sine wave inverters)

A lot of portable consumer electronic devices such as your cellphones electrical appliances and electronics, use batteries and as such they need power inverters to produce alternating current (AC) power when on the road and maybe when there is a power outage. A 1000 watt inverter is capable of connecting directly to the battery network, to convert the direct current (DC) energy to the household AC electricity used to run your household appliances and standard electronic devices. In this article, we have picked out the best 1000 watt inverter in the modified sine wave and pure sine wave categories. 

If you are interested in a 2000 watt inverter or a 3000 watt inverter you can also read our reviews.

Best 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter

Here are the top 3 pure sine wave inverters we have found for you. If you want to know more about them. Please keep reading.

  • Xantrex 806-1210 PROwatt 1000 SW Inverter
  • Continous 1000 Watts - 12V
  • 2000 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 1
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - YES
  • Sunforce 11240 1000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter
  • Continous 1000 Watts - 12V
  • 2000 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 0
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - YES
  • Power TechON PS1002 Pure Sine Wave Inverter
  • Continous 1000 Watts - 12V
  • 2000 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 1
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - NO

Best 1000 Watt Modified Sine Wave Inverter

Here are our choice of top 3 1000 watt modified sine wave inverters.

  • KRIËGER 1100 Watt 12V Power Inverter
  • Continous 1100 Watts - 12V
  • 2200 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 2
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - YES
  • Power Bright PW1100-12 Power Inverter
  • Continous 1100 Watts - 12V
  • 2200 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 0
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - YES
  • Potek 1000 watt Power Inverter
  • Continous 1000 Watts - 12V
  • 2000 Watts - Peak
  • 110V AC Outlets - 2
  • USB Port - 0
  • Hardwire Port - NO
  • LCD Display - YES

Criteria for choosing the best 1000 watt inverter for your use.

Picking the right inverter is a very critical choice. To make the process as easy as possible for you, we have put together a list of key points to consider when choosing your inverter.

Rating: It is important to determine the wattage required to operate the appliances that are normally used. Although it may seem convenient to purchase an inverter large enough to run all desired appliances and accessories, the drawback will be the added cost of the inverter. It is important to confirm the exact power requirements of all electrical appliances and accessories you will be using at the same time. Do not underestimate normal usage. Doing so will only lead to disappointment and more expenses. Here is a rating chart that will help you choose.

how much power do you need

Noise: It is safe to say that noise is not a pleasant sound for anyone especially in our 21st century where everyone is busy and as such need little or no distraction. Choosing an inverter with little or no noise is a suitable choice, one that should not be ignored. If however, you plan to use your inverter to power noisy tools, then you will not need to spend the extra money to buy a quiet inverter.

The number of power outlets: Power Inverters are available with single outlets to power one device and multiple outlets (two or three outlets) to power multiple devices simultaneously. You need to decide the number of power outlets you would require.

The number of USB Ports: Some of the power inverters come with Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports which allows you to charge a wide range of electrical and electronic appliances including cellphones, laptops, game consoles, power tools and other household products while in the car. They come in conjunction with the power outlets or without. Having the USB port feature allows Smart phone, iPhone, Tablets and other USB product users to charge their devices with ease. 

Safety Feature: To prevent your battery from draining while charging leaving you stranded, some inverters incorporate a safety feature that cuts off power to the inverter once a certain internal temperature is reached i.e. before the battery is completely dead. Another important safety feature that is beneficial and is present in some models is the surge protector which cuts power if a power surge or overload is detected.

Size: The size of the inverter is determined by the space in your boat, RV or home area. Make sure the inverter can fit into the area you have made out for your inverter.

 

Types of 1000 Watt Inverters.

Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter:

This inverter type is a reliable, economical choice capable of running most types of devices especially basic household appliances. They cost way less than the true sine wave inverters. However, they can damage sensitive devices over a period of time. Microwave electronic control panels often will not function properly on a modified sine wave inverter. The more sensitive the device, the less likely it will function on a modified sine wave.  Many users have complained that their CPAP machines do not function properly with a modified sine wave inverter. Watch the video below for more.

 

Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter:

The pure sine wave inverter is more efficient than the modified sine wave inverter and almost twice as efficient when used to power certain appliances. They are a perfect choice for running appliances and powering sensitive electronics such as microwaves that pull a large amount of current. They are however, more expensive than the modified sine wave power inverter. To learn more about the pure sine wave inverter please watch the video below

Two Types of Pure Sine Wave Inverters

There are 2 types of pure sine wave inverters. The low-frequency (LF) pure sine wave inverters and the high-frequency (HF) pure sine wave inverters.

The LF inverters use a big copper transformer, so they are bigger, heavier and more expensive. They are also better with equipment that requires high starting power such as compressors and air-conditioners, especially if you use these equipment regularly and for long periods.

The HF inverters use smaller transformers and electronic components. They are lighter in weight and are less expensive. These are good for the occasional user. There is no need to spend so much money on an inverter if you will only use it for a few hours a week. These inverters are also perfect for electronic equipment and smaller devices even when using them for several hours daily.

As you choose your pure sine wave inverter today, make sure you choose the one most suitable to your needs. The more expensive ones are the LF inverters and the less expensive ones are the HF inverters.

The difference is not significant for 1000 watt inverters

The higher the power rating of your inverter, the higher the difference between the LF inverter and the HF Inverter. At 1000 watt or lower, you are mostly using your inverter to power electronic devices, small appliances, and small tools.  The High frequency pure sine wave inverters will do a fantastic job with such devices and at a lower cost. We suggest that you purchase a HF unit if unless you are absolutely sure that you need a LF system. We have noticed that manufacturer are cutting back on producing LF inverters with 1000 watt capacity or less. That being said, there are still some Low frequency sysytems in the market and most of them double as battery chargers.

Best 1000 watt inverter – Pure Sine Wave

Based on customer reviews and research, here are the top five, highly recommended pure sine wave inverters that can run your devices smoothly.

 

Sunforce 11240 1000W Pure Sine Wave

Price: $212.89

The Sunforce 11240 1000-Watt Pro Series Pure Sine Wave Inverter converts DC power into clean, stable AC power, ideal for running home appliances, pumps, and motors. With a continuous power of 1000 Watts and a peak surge power of 2000 Watts, this unit is a reliable solution for power failure emergencies and guarantees optimum compatibility with sensitive equipment and electronic devices. Compact and portable, this inverter is perfect for use at work sites, on boats, or for permanent use in a solar power setup. This inverter sells on Amazon at $212.89 with 4.1 rating and over 180 reviews. This is a great price for a pure sine wave inverter, one which is a power-heavy, reliable unit. It also comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Features

  • Two 110V household electrical outlets to power a wide variety of electronic devices.
  • LCD display and LED Notification Light
  • DC/AC power inverter remote control modular connector cable
  • Key chain remote control to turn on/off the inverter at a distance.
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as an overload alarm, Soft Start System, Low Battery Shutdown, DC Input overload voltage, Output Overload, Overload Temperature, Short Circuit Shutdown and High-Speed Cooling Fan

Pros

  • It comes with LCD display and LED notification lights that allow you to monitor the status of the inverter with ease.
  • Its portable advantage allows you to use it as a convenient power supply for when you travel.
  • Unlike some of the similar rated pure sine wave inverter, its Soft Start Technology protective features prevent large loads like your microwave from shutting down the inverter.
  • It comes pre-packaged with a wireless remote control, the receiver and modular connector cable. This means that you do not have to spend extra purchasing these accessories unless yours is faulty.

Cons

  • The inverter is not quiet one as its fan comes on and off frequently and is not quiet during operation.
  • It has no USB ports which is a very big problem especially if you did not come along with your charger for your cellphone or any other USB compatible device.
  • It does not have a hardwire port which means that you cannot connect directly from the inverter to your home circuit box.
  • Even with a high number of AC ports, they are not GCFI protected. This could be very hazardous especially in wet locations.
  • The unit does not display any information about the battery it is connected except possibly voltage.
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XANTREX 806-1210 PROwatt 1000 SW Inverter

Price: $285.00Click on the price link to get this price with free shipping while it lasts!!

The compact, easy-to-use and easy-to-install design of the PROwatt SW Series makes it ideal for use in commercial truck, RV and marine applications. With high surge capability, the PROwatt SW Series provides the necessary current to startup demanding electrical loads. This inverter sells on Amazon at $285.00. It also comes with a full 2-year warranty.

Features

  • Built-in digital display for DC volts and output power
  • Built-in USB port
  • Dual GCFI AC receptacles for safe operation
  • Heavy duty terminals for trouble-free Battery connection
  • Available on/off remote switch (with ignition lockout) to prevent unnecessary battery drain.
  • 900 watts continuous power output; 1000 watts for 5 minutes
  • 2000 watts surge (peak power)
  • 2- year warranty
  • ON/OFF remote switch with ignition lockout with 25′ cable
  • 15A inline transfer relay
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Low voltage alarm, Soft Start System, Low Voltage Shutdown, Overload voltage protection, Overload shutdown, Over temperature shutdown, GCFI Protection, and Thermostatically controlled cooling fan.

 

Pros

  • It has LCD display unit which lets you monitor system performance at a glance. Front LED Display is handy to check on your power demand and battery voltage.
  • You can safely power loads directly from the dual GFCI-protected AC outlets on the front panel.
  • The optional PROwatt Remote Panel lets you control the inverter from a convenient location, up to 25ft while the inverter itself is mounted out of sight and close to the batteries
  • Very quiet operation with almost zero AC humming and the cooling fan is not noisy at all.
  • Very low idle consumption (0.35Amp).

Cons

  • It does not have a hardwire port which means that you cannot connect directly from the inverter to your home circuit box.
  • It has the lesser number of USB ports than some of the similar rated pure sine wave inverter.
  • Positive & Negative terminal struts are not very strong.
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MicroSolar 12V 1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter

The MicroSolar 12V 1000W Power Inverter offers a peak power of 2000W to help handle the starting surge power demands of appliances and equipment, ideal for running a wide variety of electronic devices. Purchasing this inverter is ideal, as it costs Out of stock and over 150reviews on Amazon. They also have a great warranty plan of 1 year and 3 month’s free replacement.

Features

  • 12Volt Input, 120V AC Output
  • Efficiency: 90%
  • USB Port
  • Comes with a 15- foot Remote Wire Controller and 2- Foot 7 AWG Battery Cable, making it easy to control the device from a distance.
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Low voltage alarm, Low Voltage Shutdown, Soft Start Technology, Overload voltage protection, Overload shutdown, Over temperature shutdown, and Thermostatically controlled cooling fan.

Pros

  • It has a higher number of AC outlets i.e. 3 AC outlets that allow you to connect more of your equipment directly to the inverter, than some of the similar rated inverters.
  • It also has a single USB port which allows you power gadgets such as cellphones, tablets and other USB compatible devices.
  • The cooling fan is of very high quality as it helps to keep the system cool and effective when there is overheating.

Cons

  • Unlike other pure sine wave inverters, this inverter does not have a display unit. This makes it really hard for you to know what is really going on with the inverter. The LED notification light is a very poor substitute for the display unit. This means that you have a little more to purchase an accessory that will give you a visual status of the inverter while in operation.
  • This inverter does not have as much protective features as its competition. It only has an overload protection, low and high voltage shutdown features. Its AC outlets are not GCFI protected. This means that they do not offer very safe connection between your devices and the inverter neither do they prevent you from electric shock in wet locations.
  • It does not have a hard-wired port which allows you to connect the devices or a wall socket directly to the inverter via electric cables.

 

Go Power! GP-SW1500-12 1500-Watt Pure Sine Wave

The GP-SW1500 Go Power is one of the most powerful inverters in the market. It is an excellent choice for sensitive loads & large loads that demand a clean, pure source of AC power. It is ideal for powering appliances, electronic equipment and is a reliable backup power in cases of emergency backup power. It also provides reliable pure sine electricity that is just as good as the energy from a local utility, making it suitable even for equipment and appliances with a high draw load on startup. This unit is quite expensive as it costs $551.99 .

Features

  • 2 GFCI outlets with full overload protection and power save mode.
  • Hardwire Port
  • Continuous output power: 1500 Watts
  • Surge power capability (peak power): 2000 Watts
  • Output frequency: 50/60 Hz Adjustable
  • 2- Year warranty
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Low voltage alarm, Low Voltage Shutdown, Soft Start Technology, High Voltage Shutdown, Overload shutdown, No load power consumption, AC output short circuit protection, Over temperature shutdown, Reverse Polarity Protection and Thermostatically controlled cooling fan.
  • Accessories: GP-SW-REMOTE remote switch and 4 AWG Cables & Fuses

Pros

  • Its AC ports are GCFI protected which means that you can safely connect your equipment to the inverter even in wet locations and not stand the risk of getting electrically shocked.
  • It has a hardwire port which allows you to connect directly from the inverter to your home.
  • It is an ultra-silent inverter as its fan are also very silent while running.
  • It has settings that allow you to change your frequency between 50-60Hz depending on which frequency is in operation in your location.
  • It has a higher wattage rating than other inverters on this list.

Cons

  • It does not have an LCD display unit which would have been a much better substitute for the LED lights.
  • Compared to other similar rated inverters, this inverter is very expensive and not too nice on the budget.
  • It has no USB port which is a very huge problem if you forgot to bring your charger along while on a trip or at work.
  • It is not portable compared to other similar rated pure sine wave inverters.
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Best 1000 watt inverter – Modified Sine Wave Inverters

Although modified sine wave inverters are not as reliable as the pure sine wave inverters, they are more popular and economical. If you are not powering sensitive equipments, there is no need to spend so much on pure sine wave inverters. Based on our results, these five under listed modified sine wave power inverters are the best in the market in 2017.

Power Bright PW1100-12 Power Inverter

The PW1100-12 from Power Bright is a heavy-duty inverter that provides up to 10 amps of AC power. It is designed to run hard starting inductive loads such as refrigerators and power appliances, power tools and electronic devices. It features soft start technology to ensure smooth start-up of tools and appliances. It is housed in an anodized aluminum case with heat sink design providing greater durability and maximum heat dissipation. This unit is relatively cheap for a pure sine wave inverter as it costs Check on Amazon with with good ratings from over 170 reviews on Amazon. It has a 1-year warranty plan.

Features

  • 1100 watts continuous power output
  • 2200 watts surge (peak power)
  • Soft Start Technology
  • Built-in digital display shows DC volts and output power in watts
  • LED power / fault indicator
  • High-speed thermally activated cooling fan
  • Two 3-prong 110 Volt AC outlets
  • Screw on type DC terminals for easy battery connection
  • Anodized aluminum case provides durability
  • Triple external fuse protection
  • 3ft 8 AWG battery cables with clamps.
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Low voltage alarm, Low Voltage Shutdown, Soft Start Technology, High Voltage Shutdown, Overload shutdown, Short Circuit Protection, Over temperature shutdown, and Thermostatically controlled cooling fan.

Pros

  • It has soft start, low interference technology which some inverters do not have.
  • It is very portable.

Cons

  • It does not have a hardwire port which means that you cannot connect directly from the inverter to your home circuit box.
  • It has no USB port or LCD Display.
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Krieger 1100 Watt 12V Power Inverter

The Krieger KR2000 is a heavy-duty, compact 1000 Watt power inverter capable of powering the most demanding loads in your car, truck, boat or RV. The cost of this inverter which is Out of stock on Amazon, with 4.2 rating and over 560 reviews. They also have a great warranty plan of 3 years for parts and labor.

Features

  • Dual 110V AC outlets
  • Dual USB with 2.1A shared
  • LCD display showing output wattage, input voltage, battery level and warning indicators, to keep you updated on its operation.
  • Continuous output power: 1100 Watts
  • Surge power capability (peak power): 2200 Watts
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Low voltage alarm, Low Voltage Shutdown, High Voltage Shutdown, Overload shutdown, AC output short circuit protection, and Over temperature shutdown.
  • Accessories: Wired Remote control, ANL Fuse kit and 3 ft 4 Gauge 100% copper battery cables

Pros

  • Its dual USB ports are compatible for charging your tablets, iPads and cellphones.
  • It has a combination of an interactive digital display and LED notification lights to keep you updated without stress on the status of your inverter.
  • The ultra-silent thermal fans make this inverter a quiet one.
  • The installation kit that comes along with this inverter saves you the trouble of having to go purchase extra accessories like in other similar rated inverters.

Cons

  • It has less AC outlets when compared to some other similar rated inverter.
  • It does not produce clean power like the pure sine wave inverters does.
  • Although it is a heavy-duty equipment, it is not best suited for your sensitive and power demanding appliances over a long period of time. This is because the power produced by this inverter caused these appliances to wear and tear with time and can cause them to fail unexpectedly.
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Energizer 1100W Power Inverter

The Energizer EN1100 converts 12V DC from car’s battery to 120 Volt AC power. This heavy-duty Power Inverter connects directly to a 12 Volt DC battery to power hand held power tools, televisions, gaming consoles, home electronics and small appliances in your vehicle. With this inverter, you will never be left without power when you need it! This inverter is very affordable as it costs Out of stock. It has a 1-year warranty plan.

Features

  • 1100W continuous and 2200W peak power
  • Dual Standard North American AC outlets
  • Dual 2.1A shared USB ports; compatible with iPad and iPhone
  • LCD display showing output wattage, input voltage, battery level and warning indicators, to keep you updated on its operation.
  • Ultra-Silent thermal fan and 3 Ft. Battery Clip Cables Included

PROS

  • This inverter is compact, easy to use and easy to install.
  • It has a dual USB port that allows you to power your cellphones, iPads, tablets, iPhones and other modern USB compatible devices.
  • It has an ultra-quiet fan which makes it very silent during operation.
  • The combination of LCD and LED light makes the monitoring of the status of this inverter very easy.

CONS

  • Although it is a heavy-duty equipment, it is not best suited for your sensitive and power demanding appliances over a long period of time. This is because the power produced by this inverter caused these appliances to wear and tear with time and can cause them to fail unexpectedly.
  • It does not have an installation kit which would have made the product more attractive.
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Go Power! GP 1000 watt inverter modified sine wave 

Go Power! 1000-Watt Modified Sine Wave Inverter takes in 12 Volt DC power and converts it to AC household power to run loads up to 1000-Watt of continuous power for operating standard AC appliances on the road. This model is solid choice for most mid-range power needs, ideal for powering kitchen appliances, as a source of emergency back-up power and a wide range of other power applications. It costs $104.44

Features

  • 1000 watts of continuous power
  • GP-DC-KIT2 for easy hook-up to the battery
  • 2 AC outlets
  • Over voltage, under voltage and overload protections
  • 1 year warranty

Pro

  • It has a good number of AC outlets
  • It comes with a GP-DC-KIT2 for easy hook-up to the battery

 

Cons

  • It has no USB ports
  • Its features are not as standard as other products on this list and it isn’t a popular demand as it has 3.6 out of 5- star rating on Amazon and 7 reviews only.
  • Noisy Fan
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Whistler 1600 Watt 12V DC to 115V AC Power Inverter XP1600i

Price: $107.85

This Whistler XP1600i inverter is a mountable inverter designed to handle high surges and protect charging devices. It is perfect for powering your life on the road as it meets your charging schedule of multiple electronics and power a variety of devices from your car, truck or RV. It is also perfect for travelers and for home use during a power outage. The warranty plan for this unit is limited to 2 years. The limited warranty is void if the unit is abused, modified, installed improperly or tampered with. It has a 3.8 rating and 178 reviews on Amazon. Although it is higher than a 1000 watt inverter, it can be used since the cost is quite affordable.

Features

  • 1600 Watts Continuous – 3200 Watts Peak Power
  • 3 AC Outlets and 2 USB Ports for powering/charging devices such as game systems, laptops, and more
  • Digital Volt/Watt Meter for monitoring power usage
  • Thermostat Controlled Fan and Overload Indicator
  • Equipped with numerous safety features such as Smart Surge Control, Overload/Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, and Thermal Cutoff.

Pros

  • Its dual USB ports are compatible for charging your tabs, iPads and cellphones.
  • It has a higher number of AC outlets than most of the similar rated inverters
  • It is very cost effective and the cheapest one on this list. 
  • It has a high surge capacity (handles short term overload perfectly) to help start up your hard-starting appliances like microwave, AC, large power tools etc.

Cons

  • It does not produce clean power like the pure sine wave inverters does.
  • Although it is a heavy-duty equipment, it is not best suited for your sensitive and power demanding appliances over a long period of time. This is because the power produced by this inverter caused these appliances to wear and tear with time and can cause them to fail unexpectedly.
  • It does not have a trustworthy display unit. An LCD display would have been a better option.
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Conclusion

Making a choice from these inverters should be easier now. Most of these inverters are very efficient and reliable.  You should choose one best suited to your needs and budget. 

If your need is simple or you are just getting into the world of inverters, then you can start with the Kriëger modified sine wave inverter. If however you know your needs and you have the budget, we recommend the Xantex inverter.

Take your time making your choice from any of these inverters. Your comfort should be the priority here. Whatever your choice inverter is, be sure to buy an adequate battery so that you can enjoy your product to the fullest.

You may also consider getting some warranty! I usually do so with electronic devices and I have had to use them a few times.

KRIEGER 4000 Watt Inverter Review – 12 Volts Modified Sinewave

Whether you are camping, traveling or simply driving, there is no doubt that you’d want your electrical conveniences powered and ready for use. This is why you need a power inverter so that you can power them while in your car. The Krieger 4000 Watt Inverter, one of the best modified sine wave inverters available in the market, is a heavy-duty, portable 4000 Watt power inverter capable of powering the most demanding loads efficiently and provides back-up automotive power supply. If you want to power a microwave oven, a TV, a laptop or any other similar electronic devices and home appliances, this inverter can do so smoothly. With this inverter, you have power on the go for your cars, trucks, boats or RVs.

WHY MODIFIED SINE WAVE INVERTER

Although pure sine wave inverters are a more preferred choice due to their ability to produce clean power and run your electrical conveniences smoothly, the modified sine wave inverter can also be an excellent cost effective choice for you especially if you do not have too much load to run. This inverter type is perfect for running equipment that run on non-sinusoidal current such as your electric heaters and bulbs. The major advantage of purchasing this inverter type is that it is less expensive than the pure sine wave inverters and they run simple systems efficiently. If your equipment your inverter will run well on a modified sine wave current, you may as well save money and purchase this inverter type.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model: KR-4000
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 9.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Continuous output power: 4000 Watts
  • Surge power capability [peak power]: 8000 Watts
  • Output Wave Form: Modified Sine Wave
  • DC Input Voltage: 12V
  • Input Voltage Range: 10.5V – 15.5V
  • AC Output voltage: 115V
  • AC Output Voltage Range: 110V – 120 V
  • Rated Output USB: 2 * 5V/max 2.1A (iPad)
  • Cooling System: Thermostatically Controlled Fan.
  • METLAB approved to UL and CSA standards.

The Krieger KR-4000W Inverter package includes these items: KR-4000W Power Inverter and installation kit which include: a 3ft. two gauge AWG battery cables, remote switch with a 20ft cable, in-line ANL fuse kit and user manual.

Features of the Krieger 4000 Watt Inverter

Power Rating

With 4,000 watts of continuous power, this inverter is guaranteed to run any of your appliances and equipment within its wattage range as long as the load is not greater than 4000 Watts. It also has a surge capability of 8000W which helps to kick-start those appliances such as your microwave that require a large amount of power on startup. You need to check the maximum continuous and surge rating of your device before purchasing this inverter. Do not purchase this inverter if the power rating of your device exceeds the power rating of this inverter.

Dual 3-prong 120V Standard North American AC Outlets 

These outlets are the “Type B” North American NEMA 5-15 standard. They supply 120VAC to your appliances. If your appliances do not match the shape of this sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. However, they are not GCFI protected like the pure sine wave inverters.

5V/max, 2.1A (iPad) shared Dual USB Ports

This inverter features two 5VDC, 2.1A (iPad) USB port. This allows you to power one or two single 2.1A-compatible tablet devices or two 1A USB-charging devices, such as your cellphones while on the go.

Built-In Digital Display 

It provides you with useful information that helps you monitor the status of the inverter while in operation. You will be able to know when the battery is in need of recharging, its input voltage, output power, and temperature shutdown. This feature is a huge benefit of purchasing this inverter as most of the similar rated inverters do not have this visual feature.

LED Indicators 

These indicators also work with the LCD to give you a status update of your inverter. A green LED indicates that the unit is on and receiving power.  Whenever a shutdown occurs due to an error condition, the green LED remains on.  A red LED indicates an error or alarm condition such as high voltage, low voltage and voltage overload.

Heavy duty terminals

This feature allows you to connect your batteries easily and it accommodates large electrical loads. It has large positive and negative terminal lugs to supply the high current needed for this power inverter. A separate ground lug is also provided for the safe delivery of power.

Ultra-Silent Thermostatically Controlled Cooling Fan

The two small internal fans keep the unit cool while operating under heavy loads so proper ventilation is required for reliable operation. Like the similar rated inverters, they are thermostatically controlled which means that they only come on when the temperature rises above the normal temperature range for this inverter.

Remote Control Outlet: This port allows connect directly to the remote panel accessory which gives you access to control the inverter from about 25ft. You can turn it off and on without even having to move an inch. However, this port is not wireless so you will need to connect the remote control using a communications cable.

Accessories of the Krieger 4000 Watt Inverter

ANL Fuse Kit:

This kit helps to protect the batteries from accidental direct current (DC) cable shorts that can cause the batteries to explode. You are required to install ANL fuse close to the positive battery bank terminal for safe operation.

Remote Control Switch:

You can control and monitor the inverter with ease from inside your motorhome via this switch. However, the connection process is not wireless. You connect this panel to the inverter via the remote cable that comes prepackaged with this inverter.

Protective Features of the Krieger 4000 Watt Inverter

Low Voltage Shutdown:

The LED illuminates RED and automatically shuts down the inverter when the battery voltage drops below 10±0.5VDC, thus protecting the battery from being completely discharged.

Low Voltage Alarm:

This feature is an indication that your battery is in need of recharge. The alarm goes off whenever the battery voltage level has become discharged to 10.5±0.5VDC. It allows you to disconnect your devices before the inverter shuts down completely.

Over Voltage Shutdown:

The LED illuminates RED and automatically shuts down the inverter if the input voltage rises to more than 15±0.5VDC, to prevent devices from getting damaged.

AC Overload Protection:

The LED illuminates RED and the inverter will automatically shut itself down when the continuous draw of the equipment being operated or the surge draw of the equipment, exceeds the rated capacity. It prevents possible damage to the inverter and equipment connected to it in the event of a power overload.

Thermal Protection:

This feature turns the inverter off if its temperature rises above or falls below an acceptable level. The LED will illuminate RED and the inverter will automatically shut down when the temperature exceeds the limit.

Short Circuit Protection:

The inverter will automatically shut down until the short is removed. It helps to prevent against malfunction or system failure when there is low resistance.

Cost and Warranty

The cost of this inverter which is Out of stock on Amazon is a good price for a modified sine wave inverter. It costs more than some of the similar rated modified sine wave inverter but it comes with an installation kit. This means that you do not have to spend extra cash on accessories. They also have a great warranty plan of 3 years for parts and labor.

PROS of the Krieger 4000 watt Inverter

  • Its dual USB ports are compatible for charging your tabs, iPads and cellphones.
  • It has a combination of an interactive digital display and LED notification lights to keep you updated without stress on the status of your inverter.
  • The ultra-silent thermal fans make this inverter a quiet one.
  • The installation kit that comes along with this inverter saves you the trouble of having to go purchase extra accessories like in other similar rated inverters.

CONS of the Krieger 4000 Watt Inverter

  • It has less AC outlets when compared to some other similar rated inverter.
  • It does not produce clean power like the pure sine wave inverters do.
  • Although it is a heavy-duty equipment, it is not best suited for your sensitive and power demanding appliances over a long period of time. This is because the power produced by this inverter caused these appliances to wear and tear with time and can cause them to fail unexpectedly.

Customer Reviews of the Krieger 4000 watt inverter

Even for a modified sine wave inverter, this inverter has a lot of positive reviews. It has over 500 reviews on Amazon as at the time of this review. It has received an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars which are considered to be a good one. Some of the users commended the fact that this inverter can run silently and is very efficient. The installation kit which is another added bonus for this product is said to be very handy and of high quality. However, the shortcoming of this inverter that some of the customers complained of is that this inverter is not a pure sine wave inverter and as such is not trustworthy for use with sensitive appliances over a long period of time. Others complained of the delivery of faulty units on the purchase.

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CONCLUSION

Even with its modified sine wave characteristics, this inverter is an excellent choice for your power needs. It may not run your sensitive appliances as efficiently as a pure sine wave inverter would but the power generated by this inverter is nearly as pure as a pure sine wave inverter. It is also quiet and really nice on the budget. To enjoy this unit, it is essential that you identify the type of loads your inverter will be powering and how much you will be using them between charges. Once you know how much power you will be using, you can determine how much battery capacity you need.

With this inverter, you will never be left without power when you need it.

 

 

Go Power 2000 Watt Inverter Review – Pure Sine wave

Even while off the grid, electricity is still man’s best friend. From powering your electronic devices to running home appliances, a power inverter allows you to operate your electronic devices and appliances in your RV or any mobile application, anywhere you go. The Go Power GP-SW2000 inverter designed by Carmanah, one of the largest mobile and solar power solutions in North America, is an excellent choice for providing clean power, on or off the grid. It runs your kitchen appliances, office equipment, consumer electronics and even utility truck equipment such as power tools. This unit is an ideal power solution for RVs, mobile offices, work trucks, boats, trailers, and camper applications, where dependable power is needed.

WHY PURE SINE WAVE INVERTER

To best suit your power needs, the pure sine wave inverter is a more efficient choice than the modified sine wave inverter. This is because they produce clean power like utility supplied electricity which helps to run your power demanding appliances quieter, faster and cooler than the modified sine wave inverter. All these devices including your printer, microwave and any other power demanding appliance, will work properly with this inverter and do not stand the risk of getting damaged or failing unexpectedly as seen in the modified sine wave inverter. However, the pure sine wave inverter is more expensive than the modified sine wave power inverter.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Model: Go Power! GP-SW2000
  • Color: Yellow
  • Weight: 8.5kg
  • Product Dimensions:16.6 x 8.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Continuous output power: 2000 Watts
  • Surge power capability [peak power]: 4000 Watts
  • Output Wave Form: Pure Sine Wave
  • DC Input Voltage: 12V
  • DC Input [Operating] Voltage Range: 10.5-15V
  • AC Output voltage: 115V
  • AC Output Voltage Range: 110-130 V
  • Output frequency: 50/60Hz Adjustable
  • Cooling: Thermostatically Controlled Fan
  • AC Receptacle: Dual GFCI
  • Remote Port Option: Yes
  • Inverter Install Kit: GP-DC-KIT4

The Go Power GP-SW2000 Inverter package includes these items: GP-SW2000 Inverter unit, miscellaneous hardware [heavy duty rings] and User Guide.

FEATURES

Power Rating

With 2,000 watts of continuous power, this inverter is guaranteed to run any of your appliances and equipment within its wattage range as long as the load is not greater than 2000 Watts. It also has a surge capability of 4000W which helps to kick-start those appliances such as your microwave, that require a large amount of power on startup. You need to check the maximum rating of your device before purchasing this inverter. Do not purchase this inverter if the power rating of your device exceeds the power rating of this inverter.   

120VAC Dual GCFI AC Outlets 

These outlets unlike other similar rated pure sine wave inverter, are equipped with a standard Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) device with reset and test buttons. This feature provides a safe and convenient connection which allows you to safely power your electrical home appliances directly from these outlets. They have the ability to prevent electric shock in wet locations and accidental fire outbreaks by shutting off its electric power circuit.

LED Indicators 

There are 3 LED lights that indicate the status of the inverter at any point in time during operation. However, this is not an ideal display option because there is no way of monitoring the status of the inverter. An LCD would have been of greater benefit. Purchasing the remote panel accessory would aid you visually so you can be able to tell the status of your inverter.

Hardwire Port

Most pure sine wave inverters do not have a hardwire port. This feature makes it easy for you to connect the inverter directly to the electric circuit of your home using cables. It eliminates the need for a battery. However, it may not be an easy option for someone with little or no experience in handling these inverters.

Settings to change the frequency to 50 or 60Hz

This is a very wonderful benefit and an added bonus on the part of the Go Power company as other similarly rated inverters do not possess this feature. This feature allows this inverter to be used in different countries despite their varying frequencies. You can easily take your inverter with you even while on a short vacation to another country with a different utility frequency. The utility frequency for America is 60Hz so this is a suitable choice for you.

Heavy duty terminals

This feature allows you to connect your batteries easily and it accommodates large electrical loads. It has large positive and negative terminal lugs to supply the high current needed for this power inverter. A separate ground lug is also provided for the safe delivery of power.

Thermostatically Controlled Cooling Fan 

The two small internal fans keep the unit cool while operating under heavy loads so proper ventilation is required for reliable operation. Like the similarly rated inverters, they are thermostatically controlled which means that they only come on when the temperature rises above the normal temperature range for this inverter. The fans are ultra-quiet and will not be any disturbance to you, unlike the modified sine wave inverters.

Remote Port

This port allows connection directly to the remote panel accessory which gives you access to control the inverter from about 25ft. You can turn it off and on without even having to move an inch. However, this port is not wireless so you will need to connect the optional remote panel using a communications cable.

ACCESSORIES

GP-SWR-B Remote Panel features an LED indicator and can be used to monitor the inverter status. It displays the battery voltage and load conditions such as the output power. It can also be used as an on/off switch for the inverter.

Go Power! DC Installation Kits [GP-DC-KIT4]: This kit helps you connect your battery safely and easily. This installation kit includes 10-inch large gauge battery cables, tie downs, lugs and the appropriate inverter fuse (which helps you protect yourself and your equipment) and mounting block.

Go Power! Transfer Switches: This helps you ensure safe connection between the inverter and the battery.

PROTECTIVE FEATURES

Power Save Mode

The power save mode shuts down the inverter when there is no load. This is not found in other inverters and it is a great feature that allows you to prevent your battery from draining unnecessarily.

Low Voltage Shutdown

This automatically shuts the inverter down if the battery voltage drops below 10±0.5VDC, thus protecting the battery from being completely discharged.

Low Voltage Alarm

This feature alerts you whenever the battery voltage level has become discharged to 10.5V or lower. It allows you to disconnect your devices before the inverter shuts down completely.

Over Voltage Shutdown

This feature shuts the inverter down automatically if the input voltage rises to more than 15VDC, to prevent devices from getting damaged.

AC Overload Protection

This feature prevents overheating and possible damage by shutting the unit down automatically if a short circuit occurs or if the loads attached to the inverter exceed the operating limits.

Reverse Polarity Protection 

This feature helps to protect against excessive current and power supply in order to prevent your electronic devices and inverter from damage.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Protection 

This protects you from electric shock by cutting off electricity in the AC circuits when it senses a change in direction in the flow of current.

Short Circuit Protection 

It helps to prevent against malfunction or system failure when there is low resistance.

Over Temperature Protection 

This feature turns the inverter off if its temperature rises above an acceptable level.

Under Temperature Protection

This feature turns the inverter off if its temperature goes below an acceptable level.

COST & WARRANTY

This unit costs $823.99 . The reason is that this unit is specifically designed to be used in a permanent hardwire installation from your home to the inverter, which is why it has a hardwire port as part of its design. It has an attractive 2-year warranty plan that covers parts and labor.

PROS
  • The AC ports are GCFI protected. You can safely connect your equipment to the inverter even in wet locations and not stand the risk of getting electrically shocked.
  • Hardwire port which allows you to connect directly from the inverter to your home.
  • A ultra-silent inverter.
  • It has settings that allow you to change your frequency between 50-60Hz depending on which frequency is in operation in your location.
CONS
  • It does not have an LCD display unit which would have been a much better substitute for the LED lights.
  • An absence of USB ports which is a huge problem if you forgot to bring your charger along while on a trip or at work.
  • Compared to other similar rated inverters, this inverter is very expensive and not too nice on the budget.
  • It is not portable compared to other similar rated pure sine wave inverters.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

This product on Amazon has received a lot of positive review among users. Some of the users commended its strong build and the assortment of accessories which help make the inverter experience an enjoyable and stress-free one. However, some of the critical reviews suggested that although this device is a great choice, there are still issues that require the attention of the manufacturers. On YouTube, one of the reviewers who also happens to be a customer complained of how dangerously close the battery terminals were. He, however, suggested that those who use it should be sure to purchase a fuse or transfer switch for safe connection and safe delivery of power. For more reviews on this product, please click to go to Amazon here.

CONCLUSION

So far, this is one of the best inverters I have had the opportunity to review. Most of its drawbacks are made up for with its accessories. For instance, the lack of display unit can be helped by purchasing the remote panel which allows you to visually monitor the inverter status. I believe that getting this inverter will be a great choice and investment for you and your electrical conveniences. Despite the cost, I’d purchase this inverter any day, anytime because I feel it best suits my needs. It would suit yours as well!

To enjoy this unit, please identify the type of loads your inverter will be powering and how much you will be using them between charges. This will help you determine how much battery capacity you need. You’d do well to buy the remote switch as well, which costs around $80 and any other accessory you deem necessary. This unit is definitely worth your consideration.

Renogy Vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation Solar Panels

There are 4 major players when it comes to buying solar panels online. These four companies sell very identical solar panels and you may be wondering what the differences are. In this article I compare Renogy vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation 100 watt monocrystalline solar panels.

  • Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches
  • 16.5 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$$)
  • HQST 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches
  • 16.5 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$)
  • ECO-WORTHY 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47.6 x 1.2 x 21.3 inches
  • 17.6 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 17.3 V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.78A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.13A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$)
  • WindyNation 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 40 x 1.2 x 26.4 inches
  • 20 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.56A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.11A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$$)

Renogy Vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation Solar Panels comparison criteria.

Here are the categories under which we will be comparing these solar panels.

  • Physical Appearance
  • Cost
  • Warranty
  • Reviews

Please find below the images of the 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels from the 4 different companies.

Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel

The Renogy solar panel is 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches and 16.5 pounds in weight.

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A

Warranty

  • 25-year transferable power output warranty: 5-year/95% efficiency rate, 10-year/90% efficiency rate, 25-year/80% efficiency rate
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The renogy solar panel is the most expensive of the four panels. It is identical to the HQST panel but about 20 – 30 dollars more expensive.

Reviews

The Renogy Solar Panel has the highest number of reviews. It also has a good customer service. I guess the higher cost is compensated for by providing good customer service and better marketing.

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HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Dimensions: 47  X 1.4  X 21.3 inches
Weight: 16.5 lbs

Specifications
Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
Dimensions: 47 X 21.3 X 1.4 In
Weight: 16.5lbs

Warranty
5 year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The HQST Panel is the most cost effective. It had the lowest price although it has exactly the same specs as the Renogy Panel. In my opinion, these panels have the same source. They are just being marketed by different companies. If you choose to buy from HQST, you will be getting the exact same panel as Renogy. However since they are not the same company, the experience would not be the same.

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Eco-Worthy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

47.6 x 1.2 x 21.3 inches and 17.6 pounds in weight.

Specifications
Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 17.3V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.78A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6v
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.13A

Warranty
5 year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The Eco-Worthy 100 Watt Panel is just one dollar more than the HQST panel. This is technically similar pricing because the prices on Amazon go up and down from time to time. I believe that this price is the adequate price point for these panels.

WindyNation 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

40 x 1.2  x 26.4  inches and 20lb

Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.56A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.60v
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.11A

Cost

The WindyNation Panels are also $20-30 dollars more than the Eco-Worthy and HQST Panels. They offer similar quality as the other companies. You choose to pay the extra for the service they render.

 

Video Comaprison – Renogy Vs WindyNation Polycrystalline Solar Panel

 

Conclusion

The HQST company seems to have discovered the manufacturers of the Renogy Panels. They purchase the same panels and sell them for less. This is my guess. I may be wrong. If you like the Renogy, you may as well go for the HQST but be ready to deal with the “smaller” company. From my research, there has been no major complaint about the customer service of HQST. Renogy on the other hand has been around for a while and so they have a name to protect.

Eco Worthy and WindyNation are also in the market to make some profit. If you like them go for them. My suggestion is this. I find the Renogy Solar Panels quite good and as such I would buy from them or HQST.  When buying a lot of pieces, the different in prices add up. So the verdict is in. Buy the HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels if you are willing to support the newer company or Go for Renogy 100 Watt monocrystalline Solar Panels if you are looking for a trusted brand.

I think I would save the $20- $30 plus on each panel. Just Saying!!!