Inverter Basics

An inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) generally for the purpose of powering household electrical items from a battery or an array of batteries. The idea is actually quite simple. Direct Current, which is a steady flow of electrons at a constant volume can be chopped into pieces along a time line by turning the flow on and off with some sort of switch. This begets something called chopped DC which can now be changed to a higher or lower voltage with the aid of a transformer. Simple, huh?