Real Life Examples

Van Inverter

Traveling Comfortably Across the Lower 48, Thanks to Our Power Inverter!

“We’re not RV people—not yet anyway. At the current moment we are happy camper-van people, and over the past 4 months we’ve spent time in each of the lower 48 states. Even during the random van breakdowns, we remained comfortable, thanks to the power inverter we purchased before our adventure.”

-Jake V., All Over the U.S.A.

It started when my girlfriend and I had a crazy idea. It ended with us having the adventure we’d remember for the rest of our lives.

See, last year both of us reached the end of our work contracts with two different sailing companies. My girlfriend was a cook on the boat and I led SCUBA-diving lessons for passengers. Trips lasted anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks as the 16-person sailboat would travel around the western coast of Mexico. Having spent the last nearly 2 years of our lives working on boats for the two sailing companies, we decided we could sure go for an extended stay on dry land. Because of our current lifestyle, we didn’t have much to begin with in terms of stuff. We packed well and survived without many material amenities. So, after weeks of semi-joking about it, we decided we were actually going to buy a vehicle and travel the United States, stopping to see friends and family along the way.

We purchased a Ford E150 Campervan. We didn’t want to look too much like the stereotypical “hippy” road warrior, so we avoided the VW Westfalia (plus, we couldn’t find one in good shape in our price range). Other than some bedding, some cookery and a few small devices, we were set. We started our adventure and made it a mere 2 weeks before we realized something had to change: we needed power.

Camping “dry” was fine, but we wanted to go for longer periods without having to succumb to a hotel to enjoy the comforts of electricity. After some Googling on our smart phones on a drive between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we found our answer: a power inverter from Inverters R Us. We bought a relatively compact 1500 watt power inverter (we decided a less expensive, modified sine wave version would fit our needs) and had it shipped to a hotel that we planned on staying at.

With our setup, we soon bought electronic gadgets that would make life on the road more comfortable. We exchanged our propane stove with an electric hotplate, bought a coffee pot and found a small TV with DVD player at a pawnshop. Then, later on, we started getting a bit chilly through the Rockies, so we caved and bought a small portable space heater.

Having the power inverter made all of the difference. After 2 weeks, we didn’t know how much longer we were going to make it. Then, after the addition of the power inverter, we made things easy on ourselves and started enjoying the adventure we were having. Sure, we could have rigged the setup to work with the battery in our camping van, but this was all new to us and I didn’t want to be the one to fry the battery or something and be stranded. We were completely happy with our simple setup and it didn’t fail us once … even the time outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania when we were stuck “with only our butter” while we waited for our broken down van to be repaired (it’s an inside joke).

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Sailboat Inverter

Power Inverter for my Sailboat or Generator? Why Not Both?

“I was deciding between a power inverter for my sailboat or a generator when I identified that they both fulfill different needs. So, I decided to go with both … and boy am I glad.”

-Claude G., Somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico

As all seasoned sailors know (and most novice sailors for that matter), AC power on a sailboat originates from three main sources: plugging into “shore” power, using a generator or using a power inverter. When pulling into a marina or having your sailboat docked, you’re obviously going to use the supplied shore power. But, when you’re on the move, your options are limited to two sources: generator or power inverter.

I’ve used a generator on sailboats previously and I wanted to explore my options with my new boat, mostly because I wasn’t crazy about the smell of spent gasoline or the noise produced by the generator when I’m out under the stars. Given, I had quite an older generator and I’m sure they’re at least a little bit quieter (and less smelly, maybe).

As I began exploring my options, I identified two main power needs:
1. The need for continuous power to run my air conditioner and deep freezer.
2. The need for easy access to (silent) power not worth cranking the generator up for, such as blending a quick drink or running the toaster in the morning.

I began talking with other sailors who were quite happy having both on board. Most of the sailors commented on the generators being noisy, and even rattling obnoxiously, but they agreed they would rather have air conditioning on those unbearable days. Some also fished quite a bit and liked being able to keep their deep freezer going after cleaning and dividing the meat from a big catch. When it came to the power inverters, most of the sailors commented on the convenience. The quiet, clean power was nice to have any time they wanted to use electronic devices. Some even ran their TVs, laptops and DVD players via their power inverter.

So what did I do? I bought a power inverter for my sailboat … I also bought a generator.

Yes, the generator is noisy and it runs on gasoline, which means it smells like gasoline even though I have it well ventilated. I use my generator to run my air conditioning for long periods and also my deep freezer when it’s stocked. I even used my generator to charge my boat’s batteries a few times when I noticed they were low (I purchased a marine-rated AC battery charger for this very reason).

The power inverter is the real treat. It’s such an ease when I want to use electricity just for a moment when the generator is off. I can plug in my transistor radio, make a cup of coffee and plug in my space heater on chilly nights. It’s always available and it’s quiet, which is nice when I’m anchored in a serene harbor and want to listen to something other than a noisy gas engine.

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Camp Power

Providing Power For Our Camp Visitors

Providing Power For Our Camping Visitors, While Still Completely Immersed in the Wild

“My husband and I own a small destination-camping spot on the far end of our property, nestled next to the mountains and a creek that is fed by a natural hot spring. Visitors come stay for a week at a time to “reconnect” with nature. For years, we never offered them the ability to “connect” any electronics. Until now.”

-Carissa B., Honeyville, Utah

The year we installed a solar panel setup that stored power in a series of batteries and gave visitors the ability to “plug in” via a power inverter was a big turning point in our business. We noticed the feedback that we were getting started having sentiments like “the level of comfort is unmatched” and “the perfect destination to get away, while still being able to enjoy a few modern comforts like my hair dryer, coffee pot and heater for brisk nights.” We were thrilled with the responses, as we had contemplated the pros and cons of offering electricity for sometime before making our decision. We were afraid that the “real” outdoor enthusiasts would complain they didn’t even want to urge to plug in their computers, charge their cell phones or hear from the outside world. The responses were quite the opposite, though. We were able to maintain the “green-ness” of our camping destination by deciding to go solar. In Utah, we get an incredibly high number of sunny days and being able to harness that power to allow visitors to enjoy a few luxuries during their stay is a nice compromise.

By installing the power inverter setup, we were able to list on our website different suggested devices visitors might want to bring with them for their stay. Doing this helped answer some common questions and put potential visitors at ease by giving them the peace of mind they can connect some of the devices they rely on daily. We used to have a number of inquires from people who were on the fence about going without power for a full week. Now, we have convinced those types of visitors that the power is there if they choose to use it, or they can ignore the option and live without using anything electronic for their stay; it’s completely up to them.

During the first season of offering power, we asked visitors what they chose to plug in during their stay and found the comments were all pretty similar: cell phone charger, lights, space heater, coffee pot, hair-grooming devices and a hot plate. Then, from that information, we were able to make smart decisions concerning what we provided and what we didn’t. Now, visitors can bring nothing more than their hiking shoes and a few changes of clothes to be completely set in our semi-permanent tent-cabins. We offer the simple electronic devices and people really seem to appreciate the small blips of modernity we provide, all while allowing them to be immersed in the wild (without the noise and smell of a gas-powered generator).

Because the setup is so easy to use, we post some simple instructions for visitors who have never used a power inverter and we haven’t had the slightest of problems. Our number of repeat visitors has skyrocketed. Thanks to our investment, we now offer a bit more comfort while visitors stay in our home away from home. Plus, I have to say, my husband and I book a few weeks each summer to enjoy it for ourselves … now that I can make hot coffee and warm my feet on cool Utah mornings.

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Houseboat Inverter

A Power Inverter For My Houseboat

“Where I live in northern California, houseboating is a big hobby, possibly more than anywhere in the country outside of Lake Havasu in Arizona, which is more for spring breakers and less for houseboating enthusiasts. I’ve refurbished an old beat-up houseboat I actually won in a poker game. This year’s upgrade: a houseboat inverter.”

-Danny B., Redding, California
Living for nearly 20 years next to Shasta Lake, I always had friends who took up the hobby of boating, namely houseboating. The lake is somewhat magnetic, calling people from all over the country to explore its seemingly endless fingers, all of which offer diverse landscapes, colors, depths and wildlife. There are plenty of marinas spotted around the lake that rent their fleet of high-end, furnished houseboats to tourists. I’ve rented from all of them on numerous occasions over the years. I’d been thinking of buying my own as an investment, but there always seemed to be something else that tied up my finances.

Then, 4 years ago, I won the boat title of a worn and weathered houseboat built in the late 1980s. While some people may have seen winning the boat as a money pit or a “my-problem-now type thing,” I was ecstatic. Where my wife saw an eyesore, I saw a fulfilling project that would allow us to spend more time together on the lake we both cherished. The first few projects on my new boat were all mechanical (and painting). Once it was in running order and we got out on the open water, we both knew my new hobby was going to be worthwhile.

Once the boat was operable and we knew it wouldn’t leave us stranded in one of the lake’s deep fingers far away from help, we started refurbishing the inside so we could feel at home. New bedding, fire extinguishers, board games, portable lights and new flooring came first. Then, it was time to upgrade the kitchen. My wife begged for an oven and stove for cooking, something we’d enjoyed on the many rentals we experienced together with friends. For this, I knew it was a good excuse to tackle the issue of electricity. Most rental houseboats come with a gas-powered generator to power your devices (and provide the luxury of in-boat air conditioning; something we didn’t have). I’d considered installing a generator, but we had both experienced issues getting old generators cranked up when we needed them. Plus, the noise wasn’t something we enjoyed when we were anchored on the lake under the stars with the owls hooting from the shore.

After talking with a friend (the same one I’d won the boat from in the first place), he was determined to sell me on the idea of a DC-to-AC power inverter with a bank of deep-cycle batteries that were designed to be drained of power and recharged over and over again without issue. He recommended a solar panel setup for recharging the batteries and that’s something I kept in my back pocket on my wish list.

When we first installed the battery and houseboat inverter setup, I was fine with recharging the batteries with an AC charger we could plug into shore power at the marinas (or back at the house when we trailered the boat home, which we did more times than not after an outing). Sure, the batteries are quite heavy, so I typically use an extension cord at the house instead of hauling them out each time.

The setup is simple and it allows us to cook, run fans, keep lights on to play games after dinner and plug in our cellphones to charge when we are out on the water for an extended period.

Simply put, the setup is awesome. I still plan to invest in solar panels, but first I’m looking at a new grill for the front deck of the boat. When we catch a largemouth bass, a string of crappie or an elusive Chinook salmon off the back of the boat, there’s quite the urge to get to fileting and cook the fish right on the spot. Oh, and my wife would like a kayak to better explore the narrow channels. So, grill, then kayak, then solar setup.

Oh houseboating; it’s the greatest hobby in the world. Happy houseboating.

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Bring Power to Your Barn or Man Cave

Barn or Man Cave Power

“I’ve had bad experiences with owning gas-powered generators in the past. Therefore, when I needed mobile power to run my tools for a building project on the outskirts of my property, I turned to a power inverter.”

-Greg H., Springdale, Arkansas
My Power Inverter Provided Mobile Power While Building a Second Barn on My Property
My family moved onto a small farm last spring in rural Arkansas. Among the many projects I had to complete was a second barn for keeping animal feed and some equipment dry and secure. The first challenge I ran into was getting electricity to the building site so I could power my electric tools. Since the site was located on our land close to a quarter-mile away from our home, extension cords were out of the question. Not pleased with the gas-powered generators I’d owned in the past, I turned to a power invertor to supply mobile power and help me complete the job.

Mobile Power Inverter for Mobile Power
I bought a setup that is easily transportable on the back of my small ATV. Each day I brought a deep-cycle battery up to the construction site and hooked it up to my mobile power inverter, which converts the battery power (DC) into useable power for my tools (AC). I had plenty of juice to run my power tools; it couldn’t have been simpler. Plus, since I went with a Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter, I was able to run all my power tools as if I was plugged directly into the wall; the research I did suggested that some of my tools would run hot or inefficiently had I gone with a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter.

When I was done working on the barn each day, I stored my tools and the power inverter under an overhang just incase it rained. Then I took the battery back to the house where I attached it to a battery charger that was plugged into an outlet in the garage. I would let it charge all night and the battery was always ready to perform again the next morning. Again, it couldn’t have been simpler.

I completed the barn in about two months, which wasn’t bad considering I was able to do it myself and I was still working at my real job. As an added bonus, I now have a perfectly capable power inverter and battery setup that we take camping and use during power outages. My experience with power inverters is now far and beyond what I experienced with unreliable gas-power generators.

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Saving Refrigerated Food in a Power Outage or Blackout

Refridgertor Inverter

 

“Last summer, gale-force winds knocked out the power in our home and the electric company didn’t restore electricity for 72 hours. The heat of the summer beat the cold right out of our refrigerator and storage freezer, ruining heaps of food. There’s no way I’m letting that happen again.”

¬Chris M., Niceville, Florida
 

My family lives in Florida, in a town where high winds are often the cause of power outages that can sporadically leave us without power for extended periods of time. We’ve resorted to using flashlights and candles on many occasions, and I feel we are well prepared to last through a power outage without any major issues, except when it comes to keeping our perishable food cool. The summers here get hot … really hot. And the old trick of simply not opening the refrigerator doesn’t cut it if the power remains off longer than a day. After throwing out all of our refrigerated and frozen food following a long power outage last summer, we started to rethink our level of preparedness and decided to come up with a backup plan.

 

Where to Start
Our homeowners association has rules against running gas-powered generators, even during times of prolonged power outages. Silly, I know. Therefore, the obvious choice for our situation was to purchase a power inverter. I didn’t have much knowledge of power inverters before I began doing my research; all I knew was that they were devices that converted DC power (the power stored in batteries) to AC power (the kind of power that comes out of your electrical outlets at home). After further research talking with our neighbors, I was convinced that a power inverter would meet our needs. With a backup battery to pull power from, I could simply plug our refrigerator or our storage freezer into the power inverter to keep our food preserved during a period without electricity.

 

Deciding on an Inverter
Of course, as with everything it seems, there were countless power-inverter options. As I read more, I was pleased that my needs were pretty minimal and my family could get just what we needed for under $100. Now, if we ever decided that we wanted to run more appliances or gadgets through the inverter, we would likely need to buy an inverter with a higher capacity and invest in a larger battery bank. But, for us, a simple 1000-watt power inverter was enough. Plus, I had a deep cycle battery in the garage I didn’t have much use for since selling our boat a few years back. We went with what they call a modified Sine power inverter, which means it puts out electricity that’s a bit different than what comes out of the power outlets in our home, but still runs most appliances just fine. There’s plenty of information online about the difference between modified sine and pure sine wave power inverters, and if you have questions about whether or not the appliances you want to run can be powered by a modified sine power inverter, I suggest doing some online research or just call Inverters R Us like we did.

 

For my family’s minimal needs, we simply looked on our refrigerator and our storage freezer to see their watt usage and went from there. Our refrigerator is 720 watts and our storage freezer is right at 500. Therefore, we can’t run them at the same time with the 1000-watt power inverter we bought, but we are just fine with running them alternately for periods of time to keep their contents cold. Also, we could have purchased a power inverter with a built in automatic transfer switch that clicks on to power the refrigerator when the electricity goes out, but we went with simple; we’re just fine moving the plug over to the inverter setup if the power goes out. For extended outages, I simply run an extension cord out to the garage and start one of the cars up (with the garage door up) and run the inverter off my vehicle until the temp of the fridge gets down.

 

Now, this summer, should the power go out (as it usually does), all of our food will be kept cool … even if my family has to sweat a little without the air conditioning.

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Equipping Hunting Cabins with Power: Plus, Quiet Power Inverters for Hunting Stands

Tree Stand Power

Hunting is about men (and women) getting out into the wilderness. It’s about getting out in the wild to connect with and live off the land. But, if you have a hunting cabin, it’s also about coming “home” to a few modern amenities after a hard day out stalking game. Nobody said you can’t enjoy a few comforts of being back in your real home.

Hunting wild game can be a battle of attrition. Whether you’re after big game like elk and deer or smaller fowl like ducks, geese and turkeys, you want to focus on the hunt at hand, not on whether or not you’re going to have the power needed to stay warm, prepare food and heat water. Hunting cabins become your home away from home, and no matter how far out in the wilderness your second home happens to be, it should still bring you some comforts when you return after a day’s hunt.

Hauling clunky generators means noise, fumes and an extra supply of gasoline—annoyances hunters don’t care to squabble with. Therefore, enter the power inverter, a device to convert DC power stored in batteries to AC power used to run common appliances. The ability to pull from battery power in order to operate a hot plate, water heater, electric blanket, coffee maker and any other “plugged” device can make a weekend hunting trip that much more enjoyable.

First, the hunt. If you have an elevated hunting stand that you know you’ll be perched in quietly for hours upon hours, you may be at the point where you’re looking to upgrade your stand by furnishing it with a small electric space heater for the times when mother nature has a cold shoulder. For this, you need power that’s as quiet as you are as you wait. Portable propane heaters can be noisy and emit fumes that could jeopardize your chances of game coming near. If you furnish your hunting stand with a small power inverter, you can run a quiet, odorless electric heater and have the ability to plug in anything else that might give you the comfort to get out there earlier or stay later. A simple power inverter and battery setup will do just the trick. When shopping for the right power inverter, consider the size heater you’re looking to operate (and for how long) and purchase an inverter and battery combo that give you enough juice for the day.

Next, the return to the cabin. Now, depending on your setup, you might find a portable power inverter that works for your hunting stand and cabin. However, once back at the cabin, you’re likely going to want to use more devices and pull more power when it’s time to prepare food, heat water, and maybe even watch a DVD. If hunting is a family occasion, you can keep the young ones focused on the hunt during the day, but they are certainly going to have the urge to plug-in to one of their handheld devices come evening. You can consider a solar power inverter system to collect solar rays and recharge the batteries while you’re out during the day, so the batteries are juiced up when you return. Such complete kits are mobile and have become affordable in recent years. Or, you can invest in a conventional power inverter that you simply bring a fresh battery for with each visit to the cabin. Again, consider the number of devices you plan on using—as well as their required wattage—and make your purchasing decisions based on the needed capability.

If your family is looking to upgrade the hunting cabin that’s been in the family for years, one of the first steps is bringing power out into the wilderness. It can be all the difference in having your companions comfortable, refreshed and on their A-game when it comes time to set out on the big hunt. When it’s 10 below … a warm meal, a comfortable night’s rest, and a few amenities from home can make all the difference.

Click here to research some solar kits for hunting cabins and luxury stands

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Bring Power to Your Tree House Without Using a Generator

Tree House Power

 

POWER to the Tree House: Bring Electricity to Your Tree House Without Using a Generator

Tree houses (for adults) jumped into popularity in the past few years, springing TV shows like Treehouse Masters and
Ultimate Treehouses. What used to be pint-sized structures limited to a rope ladder and single window are now full-fledged tree cabins (some could even be classified as tree mansions). Whether the idea is to build something extravagant for a TV show, create a backyard getaway unlike any other for your kids, or develop an “off-the-grid” paradise perfect for mini-vacations deep in the woods, you’re probably going to want access to at least a few modern amenities—amenities that require electricity.

Chances are if you’re part of the tree-house movement, you want to use cleaner energy than can be afforded by a noisy gas generator. Well, good for you, tree-dweller; you have options!

First, ask yourself if you’re looking to convert power from the sun to run your devices, such as your coffee maker, griddle, TV, iPod charger, lamp and more. If you are, consider the location of your tree house. If you’re deep in the forest, could you place solar panels in a place where they’d collect enough sunlight to afford you sufficient power? A small bank of solar panels is going to need more than an hour of sunlight to bank much power. If you don’t have the perfect permanent location on or around your tree house where panels can absorb sufficient sunlight, consider portable panels that you can move a few times a day to achieve about 30% more power:

Check out these portable solar panel kits for between $200 – $550.

If you’re not into going solar for your tree house, you’re likely going to haul batteries into your tree house as a power source (and then haul them out to recharge them at your home after your trip). This is also a very worthwhile option, as you’ll likely not need huge amounts of power (and huge, bulky batteries) every time you get away to your tree house.

So, whether you solar charge your battery or charge it at home and bring it with you each time, you’re still going to need a Power Inverter that will pull DC power from the battery and convert it to conventional AC power (aka the kind of power that comes out of your outlets at home, but you probably knew that). A power inverter will allow you to use any electronic device with a plug, as long as the power inverter (and battery capacity) is large enough to run it. The good news is, you’re likely only using small devices in your tree house, so you should be able to get away with a smaller power inverter. Even better, the types of devices you’ll be using can likely power just fine from a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter, which is the less expensive of the two main types of power inverters. Click here to view a variety of Modified Sine Wave Power Inverters available in different sizes.

If you’re looking to run microwaves and variable-speed power drills, you’ll need to upgrade to a Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter.

Now, all that’s left is determining how big of an inverter and battery you need to run your desired devices. Then you’re all set … unless you haven’t built the tree house yet; then you still have a lot of work to do. ;D

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5000 watt inverter runs entire house, saves $1000 in bills!

Aims 5000 Watt 12V Power Inverter

If you have questions about power inverters and how you can power your home, RV, truck, boat, etc., please don’t hesitate to call us today and speak with one of our inverter experts at 866-419-2616.

I use my Aims 5000 watt inverter to power my entire house, with a combination of other systems. My Aims power inverter has reduced my electric bill to less than half of what it used to be. I use a bank of 10 US batteries to power my inverter. In addition to the “house bank”, I also run an extra bank of 4 12v marine batteries in my vehicle. This way, I can take advantage of the wasted energy produced on my commute to work and back home each day, and also any other trips that I make. With the rising cost of fuel I feel that I must make my money work for me and waste must be eliminated.

I used 4/0 cables and welder quick connects to allow me to plug my vehicle into my house when I get home in the evening. Currently I have only been able to afford 1 Evergreen 102 watt solar panel, to charge my house bank, but plan to add 2 more panels and a wind generator to complete my setup. I run a double redundancy on all my main systems, HVAC. I eliminated my 240v systems with the exception of the central AC, which I use a 5000 watt 110/240 transformer to operate the 1 1/2 ton condensing unit of my home.

My Aims 5000 has no problem running it, although it rarely runs because I zone out the AC duties to smaller window units. To keep my demand low I use a Direct Logic PLC as a demand monitoring load shedding system, to keep non essential loads off during demand periods. This is also helpful because the program I wrote makes sure you’re not overtaxing my inverter.

A combination of X10 motion sensors, photocell, outside air temp sensors and demand feedback have allowed me to customize a logic program, that allows me to save the maximum amount of energy and is custom to my life.

Without my Aims power inverter, this is still possible, but not affordable, as anybody who has shopped for a large wattage inverter can tell you. I thought I was going to have problems with the modified sine wave and some of my sensitive electronics, but in every instance except one, a simple 6 outlet extension with a 1:1 isolation transformer took care of the noise on my cordless phone and the slight buzz on my audio system.

I estimate my saving on electric at close to $1000.00 a year, which means that my inverter is one of the only purchases I have made that has already paid itself off and continues to put money into my pocket everyday! Now that’s what I call Freedom, thanks Aims, thanks Inverters R Us!

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Save Aquariums in a Power Outage: Keep Fish and Reptile Pets Safe with a Power Inverter (Part 2)

Reptile aquarium inverter

This is a continuation from the article, Save Aquariums in a Power Outage: Keep Fish and Reptile Pets Safe with a Power Inverter (Part 1).

Doing some initial research, my wife and I found that buying a power inverter to keep our reptile and fish devices running during a power outage was the right choice. Now came the challenging part: deciding which power inverter would fit our needs.

To our surprise, there were loads of options to consider when buying a power inverter for our apartment. Most importantly, we had to consider budget and output ability. Furthermore, we found out there are two main types of power inverters: Modified Sine Wave and Pure Sine Wave.

Our first concern was price. We had quite a bit of money invested in our pets and their habitats, so if we were taking a proactive step to keep them safe, we were willing to spend a little money on peace of mind. However, we couldn’t justify making many other sacrifices in order to afford something we, hopefully, would never have to use. For our needs, a sufficient power inverter to run all of our pets’ devices looked to run between about $150 and $1,500, which was quite the range.

Next, because we were most concerned with running our lizard and fish devices and not the rest of the devices in our apartment, we were happy with a power inverter that would run about 800 watts easily. After doing our research, we were confident that a 1000-watt inverter would run all the devices efficiently without any hiccups.

Finally, we had to look into the difference between Modified Sine Wave Power Inverters and Pure Sine Wave Power Inverters. For a brief explanation on the difference, I found this video to be helpful. In short, a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter will run most devices without any issue. However, the type of power provided is not identical to the power that comes out of the power outlets in homes. I’m no expert in this area, but I found that some devices (such as ones with varying power levels) can have difficulty running from a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter. A Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter, on the other hand, provides power that is identical to the power that comes out of common power outlets in homes. After doing some research, we felt more confident in the capability of the Pure Sine Power Inverter, especially if a power outage proved to last a few days and we would need to plug in other devices to the inverter. The difference in price was noticeable, but not crippling for our peace of mind in keeping our pets safe and their devices working identically to how they do when the power is on. Please know, a Modified Sine Wave Power Inverter likely would have operated just fine, but we opted for the Pure Sine.

All things considered, we found the COTEK 1000 Watt 12 Volt Pure Sine Wave Inverter at Inverters R Us ( www.invertersrus.com ) to be the right choice for us (and more importantly for keeping our fish and lizards safe during a power outage). It had features we believed were important for our situation, such as a cooling fan, a 2-year warranty and an energy conservation mode. Also, we were able to get information on the types of batteries we’d need to ensure we had enough power to last us a few days in the event of a big power outage.

Now, instead of running to the cupboard for towels and blankets every time the power goes out, we can turn to our trusty power inverter with confidence. In the summer, we can have power to keep our aquariums cool and pumps running. In the winter, we can power our lizards’ heat rocks and run our aquarium water heaters to keep the water temperature consistently warm and comfortable for our fish.

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