Portable inverter generators are fast becoming the most popular way to supply reliable electrical power for RVs, building sites, farms and home backup power in emergencies.
There are multiple reasons why people are turning toward inverter electrical supply. The primary reason for this is our reliance on electronic equipment. An electrical appliance that uses a microprocessor needs a stable sine wave with low Harmonic Distortion (HD). Read more about why inverter generators like the Champion 73536i are more beneficial than conventional generators or click the link below to go straight to read the Champion 73536i review.
So, what is Harmonic Distortion?
We are all familiar with sound wave harmonic distortion, this is because we can hear it. When a speaker reaches a high load it has a tendency to distort the sound wave. Well, AC electrical current works in the same way, we just can’t see or hear it, so it goes by unnoticed. The fact is, we can see and hear Harmonic distortion, we just know that this is what is happening. When running a generator at high load (75% or more of its maximum output), you’ll often see lines moving across your TV or computer screen, the picture can become distorted and so can the sound. This is the result of HD. Just about every modern appliance uses electronics in one way or another. A washing machine, microwave or air conditioner that has an LCD screen or touch controls has a microprocessor. All these appliances are affected by HD and, over time, electronic equipment is damaged by the effects of HD. This can easily go by unnoticed because the deterioration is gradual.
A sine wave becomes distorted when there is a change in voltage or frequency, however small this may be. As the load demand changes, your generator has to adjust its throttle to increase the power. This is done through the use of a governor. A governor is a mechanical device and moves relatively slowly when compared to electrical current. In the US, AC current pulses at 60HZ (sixty times per second). The delay between the change in current demand and the governor actually adjusting the throttle, causes the voltage to drop and the frequency can also be affected during this time.
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An inverter eliminates this problem by changing the current from the generator’s alternator to DC using a rectifier and then back into AC through the use of an inverter. An inverter uses transistors to create a near perfect sine wave. A computerized CPU monitors the sine wave a few thousand times per second. The system will adjust to any minute changes in voltage or frequency, using capacitors to fill in any changes in the voltage. This results in a current that’s almost free of any HD. The accepted standard for inverters is less than 3% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) at full load. At loads of 50% or less, an inverter usually produces less than 1% THD. This means that an inverter generator delivers an AC current that is 100% safe for all electronic equipment.
Another benefit of using inverter technology is that the electronic controls are able to adjust the engine revs of the generator. A generator will often be running at a low load and much of the engine power is wasted, keeping it running at high revs (usually around 3800 RPM). Most inverter generators have an economy mode that will slow the engine revs down when the electricity demand isn’t too high. This results in huge fuel savings and extends the time that you get from a tank of gas.
Many inverter generators, like the Champion Power Equipment 73536i, have the ability to connect more than one generator in parallel. This means that you can increase your power output to that of the combined output of all the generators connected together.
So, if you’re in the market for a quality inverter generator at a very reasonable price, I can certainly recommend the Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2000 Watt inverter generator as one of your best options. Let’s take a look at why this generator is so popular.
With a constant power output of 1700 running watts and a peak load (starting) output of 2000 watts, the Champion 73536i is the smallest in their range of inverter generators. A running load is of 1700 Watts is not that much power, the biggest appliance you’ll be able to run off this generator is a small fridge, I wouldn’t recommend it for air conditioners.
However, with the inclusion of parallel connectivity, you can increase the power output by connecting it in parallel with any other inverter generator in the Champion range. Many people prefer parallel connection, rather than buying one large generator, because of the versatility that this technology offers. There are times when one small, very light generator is more practical and there other times when it’s preferable to have a more powerful generator. A generator with parallel connectivity offers the best of both. What’s more, the Champion Power Equipment 73536i has a stackable design. So when you’re using more than one generator connected in parallel, you can stack them neatly and safely on top of one another.
Camping enthusiasts and home users will be delighted by the silent operation of this little generator. From 23 FT away, the sound levels measure at only 53dBA. This is well below the sound of a regular speaking voice. It’s whisper quiet. The Champion Power Equipment 73536i is also incredibly light, weighing only 49 LBS and has one of the best designs for the carrying handle. The handle makes it easy to lift with two hands and has a central carrying point with a perfect center of gravity, making it really easy to carry with one hand.
As far as safety goes, it has all the modern features found on the best generators. Naturally, this would include circuit breakers to protect the two 120V standard outlets and the 8A 12V battery charging outlet. It also has a USDA approved spark arrestor and low oil shutoff. Although it only has a recoil starter (no electric starter), it’s really easy to start thanks to their easy start technology used on the engine.
Like many other quality inverter generators, the Champion 73536i has an economy mode that controls the engine revs. This means that despite having a small 1-gallon gas tank, you can, quite easily, get more than nine hours from a tank of gas. The 80cc four-stroke engine is super-efficient when it comes to fuel consumption and is both EPA and CARB certified (compliant in 50 states).
Though it’s one of the cheapest 2000 Watt inverter generators, the Champion Power Equipment 73536i is right up there with the best of them. Champion Power Equipment has been in the generator business for a long time and their products have proven themselves to be reliable and so is their backup service. A three-year limited warranty is proof that Champion Power Equipment is confident about the robust quality of this generator.