To understand what an inverter generator is, it is helpful to understand what an
Inverter (n): An apparatus that converts direct current into alternating current.
Many generators spin and create AC electricity directly. There can be fluctuations in the power (voltage, current) if there is load on the motor or if it changes speed / RPM.
Inverter Generators attempt to solve that by somehow creating DC (Direct Current) power, and then using an inverter to change it into AC (Alternating Current) power. Inconsistencies in the DC Power can be adjusted to create a smooth flow of AC power without fluctuation.
Honda’s Inverter Generators use a three step process to take raw power produced by the generator and use a microprocessor to condition it.
- First, the generator’s alternator produces high voltage multiphase AC power.
- The AC power is then converted to DC.
- Finally the DC power is converted back to AC by the inverter.
Honda states that “the inverter also smoothes and cleans the power to make it high quality. A special microprocessor controls the entire process, as well as the speed of the engine.”
Yamaha has a very popular and quiet 2,000 Watt Powered Portable Inverter Generator that retails for under $1000.