In my last post “It Pours” I had mentioned getting a console made for our inverter. Some of my readers have expressed their desire to know something about inverters.
The Wikipedia has this to say about inverters which may confuse my readers more!
Simply stated, an inverter that I talk about is an electronic gadget, connected to a storage battery and to the electric supply system of a home; which keeps power supply going on when there is a power outage. In India, such outages are quite common and therefore many homes have such an arrangement so that they do not have to suffer outages too much. The storage battery simply needs its distilled water topped up every two months or so.
This photograph shows the inverter sitting on top of a console within which the storage battery is located.
I changed the console from a plastic one like the one above to a sturdier wooden one on stronger castor wheels.
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That’s a great idea. It’s like the batteries for our photovoltaic system —we bought two gallons of distilled water for it last night.
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Great idea is an understatement in the Indian context where power cuts are the rule rather than the exception.
Ah now I know. Much like the 4 in my off-the-grid cabin. 🙂
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I am glad that I was able to explain to your satisfaction.
not to be confused with a generator – interesting – do you run on 220 or 110 volts AC over there?
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On 220. Power outlets like AC, microwave ovens and refrigerators however cannot be run on these. Only 5 amp appliances.
it’s good to see a picture of one.
I see why it’s an important item now.
My pleasure entirely Tammy.
This is similar to what we use as a generator at our house. Handy to have.
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Yes, very handy to have in all homes. One of India’s fastest growing industries is in the manufacture of these inverters and special batteries for them.
We might call that a generator.
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Except in this gadget, it does not generate electricity, but just distributes stored electricity from the battery till the mains come back again. The battery will get charged once the inverter has quit and the mains takes over the supply of electricity.
oh, I see now…here if power outages get out of hand, a person can get a portable generator, some workman have them for inaccessible places. In fact just today, I saw a large truck with one in the back tray.
We have those too and larger homes usually have them to take over power supply in case of outages. Living in flats as most of us do, we find these noiseless alternative more useful.
I suspect we have those type of machines here, but until you mentioned yours, didn’t…
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