Today virtually all household appliances and major electrical fixtures and equipment can be run by an Inverter. In the event of a power shutdown, an inverter is useful as an emergency backup and when fully charged, you will be able to use your computer, TV, lights, power tools, kitchen appliances and other electrical appliances.
An inverter is basically a piece of equipment that is usually powered by either a combination of batteries hooked together in parallel or by a single 12V, 24V or 48V battery. The batteries can be charged by gas or diesel generators, solar panels or conventional sources of power.
The primary function of an inverter is to convert Direct Current (DC) power into Alternating Current (AC). This is because, whereas AC is the power supplied to industry and homes by the main power grid or public utility, the batteries of alternating power systems store only DC power. Moreover, most household appliances and other electrical fixtures and equipment depend on AC power to perform.
There are two types of power inverters