When you want to use a 230V appliance and you only have 12V or 24V available, you need an inverter. When connected to a 12V or 24V D.C. power source, such as a battery, the inverter simply converts the power into 230V A.C. which can then be used to operate any domestic or light industrial equipment.

There are two main kinds of inverter and they have significant differences:

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I always had a pure Sine Wave inverter on my boats in the past, they are safe on sensitive electronic equipment. I still have one but have not fitted it to the motor home. The boats had a bank of half a dozen heavy duty batteries on the domestic...

I always had a pure Sine Wave inverter on my boats in the past, they are safe on sensitive electronic equipment. I still have one but have not fitted it to the motor home. The boats had a bank of half a dozen heavy duty batteries on the domestic side. The inverter would happily run a washing machine. The inverter is at home now acting as a back up for the mains. Might be tempted to try it out on the single HD battery one day though!

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A few extra points:<br /><br />True Sine Wave are not only more expensive, they tend to be larger and heavier as well - which can be more of a consideration than the price!<br /><br />We have a good quality &#34;Moore Power&#34; 600W modified sine...

A few extra points:<br /><br />True Sine Wave are not only more expensive, they tend to be larger and heavier as well - which can be more of a consideration than the price!<br /><br />We have a good quality &#34;Moore Power&#34; 600W modified sine wave inverter and have never experienced any problems running an electric drill, dremel tool, laptops and camera battery chargers.<br /><br />For extra convenience, we have a 230V relay fitted into the circuit for all the 13 amp sockets in the van. This automatically changes over when the mains hookup is connected, but provided the inverter is switched on gives us 230V on the sockets at all other times. Luxury!

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