There is quite a bit of confusion between the terms inverter and converter. They are totally different devices, having different functions in a recreational vehicle.
An inverter is a device that converts the DC current (direct current) obtained from the battery bank to AC (alternating current) when the recreational vehicle IS NOT connected to land power (or a generator).
The fact that it is confusing for many is that both devices have to do with a conversion of current type and both can have the option of a built-in charger.
It is probably the most useful device you can add to your RV. With one installed, you do not have to start up a generator for just a few minutes to have an AC appliance functioning.
This would be the case turning on the microwave for a couple of minutes to heat up your soup for example. It provides AC power quickly and quietly.
You can have usage of other AC appliances such as a TV, DVD player, computer and everything plugged in an AC electric outlet getting the power from the battery bank.
There is no expensive fuel to burn, no fumes, no noise, no smoke from a generator.
When you are boondocking , you can plug in your AC appliance, turn the device on and there it works transforming the DC current from the battery bank to AC.
As a good practice, keep it off when not in use since it has a phantom load. Keeping it on could drain 2 amps per hour or an accumulated 40 Ah of energy daily.
This is significant if you want to save energy while boondocking.
To support big loads for a longer period of time as is the case to run an air conditioner for example, a generator is more efficient.
On the subject of air conditioning however, a swamp cooler would not be so demanding on energy.
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