What's the difference between a generator and an inverter?

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asked Sep 27, 2018 in Engineering by Valen890 (290 points)
What's the difference between a generator and an inverter?

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answered Oct 3, 2018 by Adf289 (42,650 points)
The difference between an inverter and a generator is that a generator is the device that actually generates the electricity needed.

Then the inverters job is to change DC electricity to alternating current.

So if you have a direct current or "DC" generator the inverter on the generator will change that current from DC to alternating current.

Or if you have an inverter plugged into the 12 volt outlet on your vehicle it will turn that 12 volt DC current into AC current or Alternating Current like your house uses.

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