Appliances

We’re talking all things back-up power. If you missed it, catch up on previous articles now:

1. Introduction to back-up power and how it works

2. The importance of sizing a system, installation and maintenance

Not sure which appliances you can connect to your system, and which items you will need to do without during load shedding? In this quick article, we outline the appliances that you can safely connect to a typical back-up power system, along with the items that you should avoid connecting….

Do:
You should be able to connect the following appliances to a typical inverter system. However, bear in mind that this ought only to be done so long as the total power consumption does not exceed the maximum kW rating of the unit:

  • Home alarm system
  • Electric fence
  • DSTV and MNet decoders
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge and deep freezer
  • Surround sound systems
  • Automatic garage door motor
  • Lights (preferably LED)
  • a Fan
  • Intercom
  • Small kettle

Don’t:
You should definitely avoid connecting these items to your back-up power system. Why? Because they typically have high inrush currents, or use a great deal of power…

  • Dishwashers
  • Geysers
  • Air conditioners
  • Underfloor heating
  • Washing machines
  • Stoves
  • Pool motors
  • Tumble driers

Calculating the correct system size for your specific application:
Remember, sizing your system correctly is paramount to ensuring it works correctly. We’ve created a Power Profile tool to assist you.

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CHAT to us for help completing the profile. Remember, we use average power ratings for appliances, so this is just a guideline. Your actual load profile may differ.

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