You are sure to have a few inquiries when you purchase anything new.

Naturally, as an RV dealer, clients approach us with their inquiries.

For instance, “What distinguishes my converter from my inverter?” This question seems to be often asked by new RV owners…

and we are right here to clarify.

Let’s first discuss the distinction between AC and DC (not the rock group).

Alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) are the two ways that electricity may move (DC).

The passage of electrons via a conductor, such as a wire, is all that constitutes electricity or “current.” The direction in which the electrons travel is what distinguishes AC from DC.

In DC, the electrons move forward, or in a single direction.

In AC, electrons may move in both forward and backward directions.

The most effective technique to transport energy across long distances is via alternating current (for household use).

Let’s speak about what’s in your RV now that we understand the differences between AC and DC.

There are AC and DC circuits in your RV.

The outlets that resemble those in your home are included in AC circuits.

The 12v outlets that resemble the cigarette lighters in your automobile are part of DC circuits.

Electricity is changed from alternating current (AC) to direct current using converters (DC).

Electricity is changed from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) using inverters (AC).

A converter, which is easier to understand, takes energy from a 15 amp, 30 amp, or 50 amp power intake and transfers it to the required equipment (air conditioning, AC televisions, AC outlets).

Your 12V or “coach” batteries are charged by the converter using this power as well.

You may utilize 110v outlets powered by the energy stored in your 12v batteries by using inverters, which take the electricity from your batteries and “invert” it from 12v to 110v.

This will let you to utilize home appliances such as TVs, computer chargers, and phone chargers without having to connect your RV into “shore power.” Yes, you will be able to watch TV at night in the midst of the woods thanks to this!

Never forget that a converter or inverter cannot provide limitless electricity.

Be wise and avoid running your blow dryer, microwave, television, or coffee maker at the same time.

Undoubtedly, you’ll trip a breaker.

Be aware of the power that your gadgets use.

What can you use if you only have 30 amps available and your air conditioner takes 18 of them? Yes, you’re correct… 12 amps.

We hope that this clarifies how your converter and inverter vary from one another.

Our parts and service department will be pleased to assist you if you have any queries concerning your RV.

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Written by Bob Matsuoka
Bob Matsuoka is a blogger and founder of RVing Beginner blog. He has been blogging for over five years, writing about his own family’s RV adventures, tips for people who are interested in buying an RV or taking their family on an adventure by RV.