Inverter vs. UPS – Why should I buy an Inverter instead of a UPS

Definition – Inverter and UPS

When I mention UPS, I am not talking about the popular parcel delivery company. UPS stands for uninterrupted power supply, and it’s an electric device with an inbuilt battery used to backup power in the case of a sudden outage. It is commonly found in an office where it is used to backup a computer device. Some of its characteristics are, charging, surge protection, and short backup time.

An inverter is an electronic device that converts DC ( direct current) power to AC ( alternate current) power or vice versa depending on the design. We have frequency inverters and solar inverters but I would be discussing solar inverters. It does not generate current, it converts.

Why should I buy an Inverter Instead of a UPS?

DefinitionAn Electric device that provides backup powerAn Electronic device that converts unidirectional current into bidirectional current
Main FunctionPower StorageCurrent conversion
Switch over timingInstantlyDelay
TypesAn Electronic device that converts unidirectional current into the bidirectional currentOffline, Online, and Standby
Connectiondirectly connected to the applianceIts connected to the battery and the appliance
Backup PowerElectricityElectronics
Backup timingShortLong
Voltage fluctuationNilYes
Circuit typeInverter and controllerBattery
USEStand-alone and Grid tieIt’s connected to the battery and the appliance


It is my opinion that the UPS is more effective because of its ability to backup appliances without delay and fluctuations. While the inverter is more cost-effective because of its flexible nature like the ability to backup more appliances over a longer period of time and it is not restricted to any type of primary power source. As you already know, it is just a medium between the primary power source and the batteries. The batteries store energy that comes into use during an outage.

Depending on what needs to be taken care of, you are most like going to make a good choice from the table above. For a less complex connection where you would need to backup a particular appliance for a limited period of time, I would recommend the UPS.

When you have a bigger picture in mind like backing up a house which would require a complex connection. With a longer backup time, and multiple primary power sources, I would recommend an inverter.

Hope we have been able to answer your question on “Why should I buy an inverter instead of a UPS”. Keep up with us for more exciting reviews.

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