Inverters are generally small, light and relatively quiet. Most, but not all, have their engines inside an enclosure and, as a result, are quieter in operation. Most of them are easy to transport in your car, mobile home and even your boat.
While they have an additional advantage of being friendly to sensitive electronics, there are some trade-offs. And these relate mainly to power outputs and price. Let's look at each in turn.
Inverters use a more modern technology that incorporates state-of-the-art electronics designed for portability and to reduce fuel and maintenance costs. Unlike traditional generators, they output a very stable and clean power output very similar to your home supply. It's this that allows you to safely connect sensitive electronic devices.
While there are more powerful models, you'll find the most portable inverters provide between 1000 watts and 6250 watts of power output. At the lower end they can, for example, power some lights and a small refrigerator, and are good for camping/tailgating. Some can also drive a small air conditioner in an RV. There are more powerful inverters, but none come close to the bigger generators that are built with traditional technology.
A Selection of Some of the Best Inverters
If you think you need an inverter, our selection here will be of interest. Browse the brief description of these models and click through to see a more in-depth review when you like the look of them.