Inverters are fast becoming favorites when it comes to alternative sources of power supply in Nigeria and the reasons for this are not farfetched. A very notable reason is that Inverters are not noisy.
How Much Are Inverters
- Sukam 1.6KVA / 24V: ₦96,500
- Tripp Lite 1.2KW / 12V: ₦173,000
- Luminous 1.5KVA / 24V : ₦79,700
- Prag 1KVA / 12V : ₦69,500
- Luminous 3.5KVA / 48V : ₦205,100
- Prag 1.2KVA / 12V: 76,600 NGN
- Mercury 2.4KVA / 24V (Modified Sine Wave): 42,000 NGN
- Sukam 900VA / 12V: 52,500 NGN
- Mercury 3KVA / 24V: 209,000 NGN
- Bluegate 2KVA / 24V: 66,000 NGN
- MPower 800 VA / 12V: 57,500 NGN
- PSC Solar Xantra 2.5KVA / 24V: 214,900 NGN
- Bluegate 3.5KVA / 24V (Rack Mount): 155,000 NGN
- Sukam 2.5VA / 48V: 200,000 NGN
- Sukam 3.5KVA / 48V: 240,000 NGN
- Prag 4 KVA / 24V: 288,000 NGN
- Prag 7.5 KVA / 120V: 449,200 NGN
- Luminous 5.5KVA / 96V: 427,800 NGN
- Luminous 7.5KVA / 120V: 600,000 NGN
- Sukam 20KVA / 360V (3 Phase): 1,713,000 NGN
- Sukam 25KVA / 360V (3 Phase): 2,173,500 NGN
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Battery of Inverters
Inverter Batteries are of course needed to power inverters and they usually come in 12V. They could be 100 AH, 150 AH, and 200 AH so it is left for you to choose the one that you want. However, the 200AH battery is highly recommended as it has been known to provide a better user experience.
- 12V / 100Ah: ₦55,500 to ₦95,000
- 12V / 150Ah: ₦95,000 to ₦130,000
- 12V / 200Ah: ₦105,000 to ₦180,000
- 2V / 500 Ah: ₦90,000 to ₦150,000
- 2V / 600 Ah: 94,000 NGN to 150,000 NGN
- 2V / 750 Ah: 155,000 NGN to 200,000 NGN
- 2V / 1500Ah: 270,000 NGN to 350,000 NGN
An established fact is that inverter is a good choice for an alternative source of power supply and is preferred by many. As this is a huge market there are a lot of brands that have launched their lineup of inverters into the market. This means that it can be a bit challenging trying to find the perfect inverter for your home, office or establishment.
This is where we come in, we are going to bring to your notice necessary factors that you should put into consideration so that decision making on the type of inverter to go for will be easier.
First thing you should ask yourself is what do I need the inverter for? This might seem like a rhetorical question but it isn’t. You need to know what and what you intend to power with the inverter whether refrigerators, air conditioners, micro wave ovens, etc.
This is so that you will know the type of inverter to go for as well as the battery units that will be needed. For instance, if the inverter is for your home or a moderate sized office then a 1.4KVA or a 2.5KVA inverter will be just fine.
Another important factor to consider is the Inverter Installation Cost. Of course this is determined by the amount of work it will take to install inverter to meet your needs. For instance if you want the inverter to function as your UPS or AVR, installation for that will be about 10,000 or even less. In fact this is the recommended form of installation for inverters of 1KVA and below.
However, if you want the installation to be done in such a way that the inverters will share mains cabling through switchover, that will cost about 15,000 NGN to even more than 30,000 NGN. This switchover method of installation is best for inverters of 1.5KVA and above.
You can also opt for wall mounted inverter installation and this will cost you as from 15,000 NGN upwards.
Let us go over this meticulously so that you won’t miss anything. Before you finally decide on the inverter to go for, be aware of all that you need to power and know the wattage of every one of them. This is not difficult to do at all as you can find the wattage of any appliance on its body.
Then proceed to add together all the information you have gathered about the wattage of the appliances in order to ascertain just how much power is required to run all the appliances at the same time.
Next step is to determine your backup requirement which is done by multiplying the total load by the backup time. So assuming back up time is 5 hours and the total load is 500W, just multiply the 500W by 5 and you will have 2500W.
Then go ahead to divide the rated capacity by the unit rating of the battery you want to purchase. This is so that you can know the number of batteries that you need.
Reasons To Own Inverters
As we have mentioned earlier, power inverters are becoming a much preferred choice when it comes to alternative sources of power supply and we are going to be showing you the reasons for that.
The first obvious reason is that inverters do not emit noise while in use. This comes as a huge relief because generators are known to make a lot of noise while in use, disturbing not just you but your neighbors as well.
But with inverters that is not the case at all, it is very quiet and all you will hear is the fan and the clicking of relays and this is highly negligible. So for peace and quiet in your home, office or establishment, a power inverter is a sure way to go.
Another amazing advantage of going for power inverters is that they do not need petrol or diesel to operate. This means that you never have to about fire hazards caused by not storing fuel properly or not refueling your generators the right way.
You also do not need to worry about running out of fuel and then going to a filling station to purchase some. With power inverters it is good bye to all those inconveniences as all that you have to do is charge your inverter battery and you are good to go.
We already discussed the noise emission from generators and how power inverters are preferred because they are not noisy. Now let us consider gaseous emission which generators are known for.
Advantages of Inverters Over Generators
It is a common knowledge that gaseous emissions from generators are harmful to health. This is why it is strongly advised to keep generators in such a way that the gaseous emission does not pollute the air. If not handled properly, it could lead to serious health complications, suffocation and even death.
But with power inverters you do not need to lose sleep over all that. They do not possess an internal combustion engine so they cannot emit dangerous gases while in use and as such, you have no fear of suffocation or death from any emission whatsoever.
If you are not yet completely convinced, how about the fact that power inverters are more environmentally friendly and contributes towards saving the environment because of zero emissions.
In addition inverters are very easy to manage and maintain. Some people might be of the opinion that inverters are expensive and that is very much true.
But when you take into cognizance the fact that for generators you always have to spend money purchasing fuel while for the inverters all you have to do is charge the inverter battery at almost zero cost to you, you will discover that the inverters are way better and are easier to manage than generators.
Still on how easy it is to make use of power inverters, they come on as soon as there is power outage. That is not the case with generators as you’ll have to go and put it on whether through the recoil start method or through the key start option anytime there is power outage.
But inverters automatically switch from battery mode to mains mode anytime there is a power outage. Although some respond faster than the others the fact remains that you will not have to inconvenience yourself going to put it on when at such times, provided the battery is charged.
There are some power inverters that come with a UPS and that means that you do not even need to worry about a different UPS for your computer. The UPS in the inverter performs the same function for you so you are killing two birds with one stone when you go for such power inverters.
There are a lot of brands in the market today that have their own line up of inverters all claiming to be the best there is. If you are confused over which brand to go for don’t think it is not normal. You are not alone in this as a lot of persons are easily overwhelmed by the many options available, and have a hard time deciding on which one to go for.
Things To Consider When Buying Inverters
Presently, some power inverter brands that are obtainable in the market include Luminous, Mercury, Sukam, Microtek, Prag, Xantrex, Genius, Victron, MoPower, and many more.
So you might be wondering what yard stick you should use when deliberating on the brand of power inverter to go for, the first is Track Record.
The condition of power supply in our country is no more news and a lot of power inverter companies took advantage of that.
This means that some of them have been around for a very long time and if they are still around till now then maybe they are doing something right.
You can also ask around, and find out which brand of inverter is used by people around you, why they went for it as well as how the inverters are performing. This way you will be able to make your deductions on which brand of inverter will suit you well.
You will need technical support from time to time. Hence it is best that you go for a brand whose technical support will be easy to get.
Warranties are also important as that way you are assured that even if anything happens to your inverter within the warranty period, it will be handled for you by the company. Longer periods of warranty are better.
Be very careful so as not to buy fake products and one way to handle this is to ensure that you are buying from a trusted source within Nigeria.
Don’t just make your purchase from any one selling, it doesn’t pay to be in a hurry while making this kind of decision, rather take your time and be sure you are buying from the right source.
In addition make sure that you are buying from a brand that provides good customer care and are ready to assist you whenever the need arises.
Now that we have handled the issue of choosing which brand to go for, let us move into the features of the inverter that you should check out before making your purchase.
The first is the Charging system that the inverter comes with, while some have in-built charging system others do not.
If that is the case then you know you have to purchase the charger separately at an extra cost. But for the inverters with in-built charging system, a separate charger is not needed.
Some of the inverters are fully automated and that is good because it means the can function whether or not you are around.
All you need to do is set them to suit you and you are good to go. There are some other inverters that are equipped with a digital display on an LCD panel which for you to get notifications such as battery bank level, the total load etc.
Everything doesn’t just end with purchasing the a good battery, if you do not manage and maintain it well it will start giving you issues in no time. Do not overload them and don’t discharge unnecessarily. If you want your inverter battery to last for you, handle it properly.
An important thing we have to talk about is the issue of budget. You might very much want to buy a particular type and brand of power inverter but if you can’t afford it then there is nothing you can do.
The good news however is that there are various types and brands in the market that you are very much likely to find a very good inverter that you can afford. There are quality inverters within your budget that will serve you just as well so go for those ones.
Also consider the Engineering technology and power consumption rate and go for the ones that you are comfortable with.