Restaurants have established electricity for all their energy needs, but food trucks need electricity that they can take with them wherever they go. This is why they need generators. But conventional generators were so yesterday, and the new trend has arrived.
Inverter generators are favored by numerous mobile food vendors because they supplier smoother power, and they’re quiet and portable, even if they come at higher prices than standard ones.
Here are the reasons why it’s wise to use an inverter generator instead:
- They have sufficient operation time in spite of their small size
- They can adapt the speed of the engine based on the load needed
- They can work parallel with multiple units
- They are fuel-efficient
- They are light and portable, making them easy to handle and store
- They are quieter, and they vibrate less than conventional generators
- They provide smoother electricity which makes them safer for delicate electronics like tablets, phones, and laptops
- They use cutting-edge circuitry to convert multi-phase AC to DC then invert it back to “cleaner” AC
Types of Loads
You must know that there are two types of load. Resistive loads need the exact amount of energy to activate and get going. These include appliances that produce heat like coffee makers, light bulbs, toasters, and microwave ovens. On the other hand, reactive loads need more power to start out, but they use less energy once they’re running. These include devices that have an electric motor like blenders, bean grinders, air conditioners, and refrigerators.
How to Calculate the Power You Need
A generator—whether an inverter or a conventional one—can supply only a particular amount of power. This is why you have to ensure that the inverter generator you’ll buy can cover all the electricity your food truck requires.
One way to save money is to calculate how much energy your generator should have. This means you should know the total electricity requirements of the appliances you’ll be using in your truck. You can do this by looking for the stamp, data tag, or nameplate placed at the side or bottom of your appliances. You can also check the manual to determine the energy your machine needs.
Most of the required power is listed in amps, but most generators list their power outputs in watts. This is where a conversion is needed.
To convert into watts, here’s the formula:
Volts x Amps = Watts
To convert into amps, use this formula:
Watts ÷ Volts = Amps
To make the calculation, add all the energy requirements of the machines you’ll use in your food truck. If the load is reactive, then measure using the starting wattage, which is usually three times more than the running wattage.