Using an inverter for basic emergency home backup power


When disaster strikes, there’s potential for you to end up without any kind of power in your home or business. If you operate important machinery, frequently have power outages due to storms or natural disasters, or just want to make sure that you can use your appliances in the event of an emergency, you may want to invest in a power inverter home backup system to keep everything running. Fortunately, power inverters can be used specifically for this purpose.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of investing in and having a power inverter on hand for home backup power during an emergency, natural disaster or winter storm – along with how to use your emergency home backup power inverter, should your home’s electricity ever go out.

What Is a Power Inverter?

Power inverters, which range from smaller 150-watt devices up to 7000-watt models and beyond, convert 12V, 24V, 36V and even 48V (volt) DC energy into AC electricity that can be used to run appliances and electronic devices in your home, should you ever suffer a power outage. This allows them to generate energy off the grid, reducing your need to rely on a larger power system.

A power inverter (for home backup power) can draw energy from a car or truck battery, as well as deep cycle batteries. Inverters are often sold as part of off-grid solar power kits for people who aren’t hooked up to the grid or who experience regular power interruptions.

Modified Sine Power and Pure Sine Power Inverters

Two of the most common types of inverters are modified sine power inverters and pure sine power inverters. Both types of inverters can be used for emergency backup power. In a nutshell, modified sine power inverters, which can power computers, electronics and pumps, don’t run quite as “cleanly” or “smoothly” as pure sine power inverters.

Pure sine power, also known as “clean power,” is a solid backup power option for running computer systems or complicated electronic equipment (like medical devices). Pure sine power inverters run quieter and quicker than other inverters, with fewer glitches overall, offering smoother, more efficient power waves. That being said, modified sine power inverters are still great tools to have in an emergency, capable of running freezers, household appliances, motors, power tools, pumps, refrigerators and more.

Inverters for Emergency Home Backup Power

As we’ve pointed out, inverters for emergency home backup power come in different sizes (voltages). But what size power inverter should you invest in? Well, that depends on how many appliances, devices and tools you want or need to run if you experience a power outage.


If you only want to power a few lights, or charge a cell phone or an emergency radio (in other words, the basics), you can choose a smaller inverter. If you want to use your computer and several other larger devices, you’ll want an inverter capable of handling more wattage – probably in the 2500-watt to the 3500-watt range. Of course, if you plan to run water pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, computers, lights and more, your best bet is to invest in a workhorse inverter, like our 8000 Watt Modified Sine Inverter 12 Vdc to 220/230 Vac 50hz (with 16000 watts surge capability) or another similar model.

The Inverter Store’s Emergency Power Inverters

The Inverter Store has years of experience working with different types of power inverters for the North American market, along with international power systems. Our experienced staff can help you find a power inverter that’s right for your needs, determining the necessary wattage for keeping your systems or appliances up and running through any kind of disaster or outage. You’ll find other useful products for emergencies as well, such as backup generators, batteries, solar kits and much more.

Contact us today to see how we can help you set up a home power backup inverter, ensuring that you’re prepared for an emergency whenever the power goes out.

By |2023-01-09T21:08:31-08:00August 12th, 2021|Blog|4 Comments

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  1. Rick Tyndall July 31, 2022 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I need a part for my inverter. Its older but works great. Busted the plastic heat sink type plastic on one end.
    Can I get a replacement part? Aims Pure Sine inverter PRW 15000 125.

    • Chrissy August 1, 2022 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Please contact the AIMS Power technical support team directly for all replacement parts. They can be reached by calling 888-417-8673 option 2 Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific time.

  2. Anthony March 19, 2023 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Hello everyone we’re running some small electrics and we’re trying to figure out how to run them on inverters and batteries we know absolutely nothing but we have the capacity to learn so if someone can help me out and help me spend my money right and we’ll get it done thank you so much.

    • Chrissy March 20, 2023 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Please email the sales team at [email protected] with details about what you are powering by inverter and battery. They will be happy to help you.

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