The provision of clean power is one obvious advantage of inverter generators. On top of that, there are a few more things that make this technology pretty awesome and suitable for a variety of uses.
1. Longer run time and fuel savings
Both inverter generators and old school portable generators need gas or other types of fuels such as propane to run. As soon as you turn on the traditional generator, its engine will start running at a continuous speed of approx 3600RPM. This is the required amount to generate the 120V 60Hz electricity suitable for US standards.
No matter if you plug in just one or four different appliances, the engine will maintain the same exact speed. As you can probably realize by now, this can quickly result in the unnecessary waste of fuel in case you need to only power one specific device. The fuel consumption will still remain unnecessary high and you’ll need to refuel the generator sooner.
This issue does not exist in modern inverter generators. Their engines have been designed in such a way that they do not have to operate at the same exact speed all the time. For example, Honda – the original inventor of the inverter generators – has patented the so-called Eco-Throttle technology which allows them to adjust the engine workload to the actual energy needs. As a result, these inverter generators have lower fuel consumption and can last longer.
2. Inverter generators are more environmentally friendly
Inverter generators not only produce the so-called “clean power”. They are also literally cleaner in the way that they produce significantly lesser exhaust fumes. That makes them a great choice for campers or RV owners who don’t want to feel the smell of burning petrol while enjoying the great outdoors.
However, it is still not recommended to use them indoors. Portable solar generators are so far the only available 100% true clean solution for indoor use.
Nobody likes the noise made by portable generators. The sound of a typical 3000-watt portable generator while not a major nuisance at a construction site can be a real nightmare for a camper or a busking musician. Inverter generators are fortunately much quieter than traditional generators. Some of the best inverter generators operate in the 50dB range. This is silent enough to allow for people standing right next to the generator to have a normal conversation.
The silent operation is got to be my single personal favorite feature of inverter generators. Check out this video to actually hear it for yourself how quiet some of them can be.
4. Most of the inverter generators offer a parallel connection
One issue some people might have with inverter generators is that they usually run in the 2000-3000 wattage range which is not enough to power multiple large appliances. However, the parallel capability allows you to connect two inverter generators to each other to double their total power output. Simple as that!
However, in order to make it work you need to ensure that both inverter generators operate with the same running wattage. To be on the safe side we recommend you to simply purchase the exact same inverter generators from one manufacturer. That will ensure 100% compatibility and guaranteed results.
5. They’re lightweight
Forget the large bulky generators which require the strength of a thousand men to move them around.
Inverter generators, especially the smaller models can be easily carried in one hand.
That makes them an excellent choice for situations where you frequently need to change their location. Camping is one such obvious case and so are a lot of work sites.
Larger inverter generators are a bit heavier but still not too heavy to require a lot of effort on your side.