Which brands of inverters are reliable?

#1 Aug 7th, 2010, 13:31
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Hi all,

As I am moving into an unfurnished apartment, I have realised that I will need to buy inverters in preparation for power outages. I have come across brands like Whirlpool, Luminous, APC, etc.

Have not been able to find good reviews online for such topics. Is anyone able to share with me your expereinces and recommendations? Thanks!
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I have a Su-Kam one which runs off two large truck batteries and am very pleased with it. Have had it now for six years I think - the only thing you need to watch is to keep batteries topped up with distilled water, but you only need to do this around every three to four months. It will run fans and lights when power fails, but not a/c.
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Aishah- curious, are you still on the original batteries? (what make?) Because six years is pretty good then.
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No - I am onto the third lot of batteries now! I think I've had it seven years actually. Since I'm still up in the mountains I can't remember the make - do Apollo make batteries as well as tyres? I have a feeling one lot or the latest may be that.
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graciepapa, I have to admit that my UPS keeps my computer going through most of our power cuts --- but, as to the rest, one quickly gets accustomed to having no electricity for a while! One soon gets out of the habit of thinking of a power cut almost as some sort of emergency.

However, relief can be bought: you need to decide how much to buy and how much to spend on it! It begins with an inverter that keeps a few lights and a couple of fans, and ends with a generator which will power your entire apartment, AC included.
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I am using Luminous and it's good.
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My Su-Kam plus two batteries cost around 13,000 rupees at the time.
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Thanks for your feedback everyone.
UPS and Luminous are on my top 3 brands of consideration.

Nick, guess you are right about seeing blackouts as emergencies. But I think I will take awhile to get used to it! When I think of blackout now, its like survival mode will automatically kick in!
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It is almost a matter of survival when the power is cut for all-day maintenance and the temperature is headed for the 40s!

Otherwise, most cuts (your city may vary, and, if you live next door to a VIP you might not get any!) are just a few minutes to half an hour. That doesn't even get me off the computer. My UPS also runs a desk lamp, by which we can find our way around, and we use torches, rechargeable emergency lamps, and even oil lamps, more commonly seen in the puja room! For a longish cut, I light one of those in the kitchen, rather than run down the battery stuff. We keep a lighter near the cooking stove, as its auto-lighting is mains powered --- and life goes on as normal, only a little darker and a little hotter. No real problem!

In my early childhood, my mother and I always enjoyed getting the candles out for power cuts, so I do not have negative associations with them.
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You need to find out how the power situation is in the building/area where you're going to live and examine your options in function of that. As Nick said, there's a huge difference between the occasional cut which lasts 5-10 minutes and cuts that last for hours on end such as you have in some areas. If the latter, look at a generator (expensive to run) or get a large inverter system. Forget running AC over extended periods on an inverter, think maintaining power for lighting, fridge and fans.

Where I live we get about one cut every 2 days but it rarely lasts longer than 10 minutes (absolute worst over the past 2 years was about 3 hours without power) and the only UPS I run is for my desktop pc, I don't have a generator. Just keep some candles and matches ready, if the cuts don't last hours it's not so bad, except in summer when you're lying in bed for 15 minutes when the power goes off and you instantly feel the room temperature edging up.
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Power cuts at bedtime are the worst.
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Hi guys,

In the end, moved to an apartment with generators. It was just much easier. The situation here is the power cuts happens 2-3 times a day but the backup usually kicks in within 5 mins.

But... sometimes when it takes awhile, I cant help worrying for the things in the fridge!
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If you have a half-decent fridge you shouldn't be worrying provided you don't open it all the time. Most fridges are rated to keep food cool for at least 12 hours. If it's hot such as during summer when the power goes I guess it would start becoming risky after 4 or 5 hours but not earlier.
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post I am using Luminous and it's good.
Same here, had it seven years, no battery changes so far, using exide batteries.
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7 years and same batteries - that's phenomenal! Just looking at mine now - Seva they are called, never heard of these before - and they are now 2 years but on my return from mountains, my nephew filled them up, and the 'fully charged' light on the inverter has not come back on ever since. Only showing 'mains charging' so I think there's something not right.

What capacity is your inverter (mine's for 1200 watts) and do you have two batteries as well, JohnLord?

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