Wondering if you can power a toaster using an inverter while out camping or in your motor home? Are you looking for guidance on what size of inverter to use to run the toaster reliably without damage to the inverter?
Perhaps, you have limited space to install the inverter and are concerned that investing in an unnecessarily large capacity inverter will require more space than is available.
Regardless, getting a suitably sized inverter the first time will save you some frustration and unnecessary delays.
This post provides guidance on what inverter rating to use for your toaster.
What Size of Inverter for a Toaster?
This depends on the power consumption of the toaster and if there’re any appliances you plan to power at the same time.
A 1,600-2,000 watt inverter is usually large enough to power both a 1,000-watt rated toaster and several additional appliances using the unused 600-watt to 1000-watt capacity.
If you plan to power just the toaster alone then a 1,200-watt inverter works fine for a 1000-watt toaster.
Modified Sinewave or a Pure Sine Wave Inverter – Which one to Use?
While you can power a toaster using a modified sinewave inverter without any challenges in performance, it is likely that the inverter will also be used for other potentially sensitive electronic equipment that may require to be connected to a pure sinewave.
A pure sine wave inverter is usually pricier but is future-proof should you need to power sensitive appliances in the future.
If you’re sure that you’ll not be running any sensitive electronics then go for a modified sinewave inverter.
The Power Consumption of a Toaster
As a rough guide, a 2-slice toaster can consume an estimated 850 – 1,000 watts of power. The longer 4-slice toaster may consume as much as 1,500-2,000 watts.
Ultimately this really depends on the design and model of the toaster.
Note: Toasters have an adjustable heat selector. The actual power draw depends on the heat setting selected.
How Many Amps a Toaster Draws
A 2,000-watt toaster draws an estimated 17 amps at 115V. Depending on the power rating of the toaster, the current draw can vary accordingly.
Always check the electrical specifications section of the toaster’s owner manual.
How Many Batteries?
You can use 2 x 200Ah AGM batteries or 2 x 100Ah LiFePO4 batteries connected in parallel to run the toaster for about an hour.
What Size of Battery Bank?
Consider a 400Ah AGM battery bank at 12V or 200Ah LiFePO4, 12V battery bank when using a 2000-watt inverter.
This will provide you an estimated runtime of about 1 hour at full load.
Connecting less than 2000 watts provides longer runtime. Using a smaller capacity battery bank will give you less runtime too.
Ultimately, the size of the battery and the number of batteries depends on your power requirements.
Can you Run a Toaster Off an Inverter?
Yes, you can power a toaster off an inverter provided the continuous power consumption of the inverter (watts) is large enough to meet the power needs of the toaster (watts).
If there’re other appliances connected to the inverter, confirm that the unused power capacity can still meet the toaster’s power requirements otherwise, switch off some of the appliances.
As a rough guide, consider a 1,600 – 2,000 watt inverter to run a toaster if you plan to power other appliances at the same time.
A smaller-capacity inverter can be used for a toaster with lower power consumption.
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