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Homage Inverter Tron Duo Review

Inverters are now equipped with a lot of features.  Most of the inverters have LCD display to show important information. Different colored lights are also employed in the inverters. There is another most important feature is the inclusion of Solar Charge controller in the inverter main body. Other fail safe feature are overcharging, overloading, Short circuit protection, low battery alarm, low battery shutdown and over temperature protection. It should also protect against inverse battery terminal installation. I myself connected cables to opposite PV terminals but everything was safe and sound, even the wires stayed there for several minutes.

Homage Tron Duo

Homage Inverter – Tron Duo

Homage has a variety of models available. Some can only be used with battery while others have built-in charge controllers. Homage Tron duo is the inverter that have built-in solar charger controller. The different models of Tron Duo series are mentioned below.

  1. HTD-1011 SCC  (800W, Solar Capacity 500W)
  2. HTD-1211 SCC (1000W, Solar Capacity 600W)
  3. HTD-2011 SCC  (1600W, Solar Capacity 1000W)
  4. HTD-2211 SCC  (1800W, Solar Capacity 1200W)

The model under consideration is Homage inverter Tron Duo HTD-1211 SCC. It has a capacity of 1000W while also offering a Solar capacity of 600W. It can support 6 Tube Lights or 16 Energy Savers and 6 Fans.

Box

Homage inverter has a pretty decent box and packing. Inside the box, there is one power cable,  some user manuals and the inverter itself.

Size

Inverter looks sleek and compact with blue light on the top and some fine curves edge design. The size is almost equal to an Xbox One S or PS4 Slim.

Inverter Design

Inverter is small with a  rectangular shaped body.  Screen display shows all important information related to load and equipment. There are 4 buttons beside the LCD display; bigger Power button, Settings, Select and Enter. Blue light on the top of inverter can be turned off and on from the settings.

Cooling

There are air vents on all the sides. On the back, you have high rpm fan which makes no noise at idle or while charging. Fan noise is detectable at higher loads only.

Homage Tron Duo

Features

Inverter features solar power of 600W that means you can connect 600W solar panels with it in either series or parallel. Make sure the solar panel capacity is not more that the prescribed limit. Inverter has solar power connectors at the back. You can connect cables thereby removing the screws.

The overall capacity of the inverter under consideration is 1000W. I was able to achieve a maximum of 500-600W usage in the office with my computer turned on.

You can set the charging priority to either solar or utility. Or you can select both for charging. Same is the case with usage priority if solar is set as a priority the inverter will use energy from solar panels to power all the load connected unless the solar power is unable to support the load. When it is out of Solar capacity it will use the battery to assist. In case, the load is higher than the capacity of both battery and solar, the inverter will use utility (AC) source.

In the daytime, if your load is high, it will keep on switching from solar to utility and vice versa. I’ll suggest to keep it away from the busy room so you can’t hear the sounds –  it’s really annoying. I bought the inverter mainly for computer and it was able to run computer even on solar power only –  thanks to the 600W built-in charge controller.

Reasons to avoid homage solar Inverter

There are a lot of benefits of the solar inverter as discussed earlier but there are certain issues too. When you’re powering everything with solar and suddenly you have cloudy weather the inverter will shift to the battery and sometimes it trips when the load is out of capacity.

There are certain security features in the inverter which prove to be a disaster sometime. Like it trips on small or undetectable short circuits. Another thing I noticed you can’t use this invert with any other inverter in your home. Maybe there is some back current flow due to wiring. Probably you’ll not face some of these issues but I thought I should mention everything.

Conclusion

When looking for an inverter always calculate your expected maximum load, So your inverter can support it. Solar charger controller is the best feature so far as in our country solar energy is abundant. So Solar power will keep your equipment on in daytime even if you have several hours of power outage. It can also charge the batteries even if there is no utility (AC Source) available. Solar power can also save money from consuming less electricity in the daytime.

Power Inverter for Gaming Computer

It’s better to be Safe than Sorry when it comes to computer hardware.

If you live in a country where power failures are a common thing, you surely need a backup to avoid failure of computer hardware that’s why inverter is must have things. As a desktop computer user, I keep my computer turned on for almost 24 hours. Most of the time I’m doing video editing, Rendering images and animations. Furthermore, power failures reduce productive time as I’ve to start from the beginning. In addition, rendering takes several hours so it is better to do it in one go.

There are several questions in mind while looking for an Inverter to use it with computer;

  • How much capacity is required to run computer with 650W Power Supply (Mostly used in High End or Gaming Computers)?
  • Is it pure sine wave inverter or not?
  • Is it Safe to run computer on Inverter?
  • Should I get dry battery or wet battery?
  • How long will be the backup time?
  • Can I use my computer on common home inverter?
  • Should I use a dedicated Inverter for my computer?
  • Is it possible to run computer on Solar Power?

How much capacity is required to run computer with 650W Power Supply (Mostly used in High End or Gaming Computers)?

The first factor to decide the power requirements for your computer is the Power supply of your computer. There are variety of Power supplies available in the market. Moreover, power supply rating depends on the components in your Computer.e.g. main power consuming component in a Gaming or High-end system is the Graphic Card so you can buy power supply based on the requirements of your 3D Card. Other components combined consume as low as 100W on idle*.  Even if you have the latest Graphic Card in your computer that is Nvidia’s top of the line GTX 1080 Ti, you should get a power supply rated around 600W. In addition, Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti consumes 250W power and most probably the mentioned power requirement is measured at full load. I’m using older GTX 970 in my computer. Here are the Load Outputs from inverter at various conditions;

  • Idle on Desktop: 60W
  • Google Chrome: 80W (110W while watching Videos)
  • Rendering with CPU Only: 144W
  • Gaming: 280W (Rise of the Tomb Raider), 240W (DOTA 2), 277W (Sniper Elite 4)
  • Rendering + Gaming: 276W (DOTA 2), 312W (Sniper Elite 4)

Is it pure sine wave inverter or not?

There are lot of quality factors that should be present in the inverter. Pure sine wave is one of these factors. As you know inverter converters DC of battery to AC for home appliances. Early inverters used to make the voltage go straight up and down, creating a blocky signal. This is called modified sine wave. A modified sine wave inverter can be used for simple systems that don’t have any delicate electronics or audio equipment that may pick up the choppy wave and produce a hum. Old tube TVs and motors with brushes are usually ok with modified sine wave.

Pure sine wave is needed for newer LED TVs, CFL light bulbs, and inductive loads like brushless motors. Moreover, Clocks and Music equipment behave much better on a pure sine wave. As the advent of newer electronics, inverters are also evolved and are offering pure sine wave features. So your first priority should be to get a pure sine wave inverter.

Is it Safe to run computer on Power Inverter?

Yes, it is safe to run computer on power inverter as long as you’re proving enough voltages and current. Moreover, your inverter should be capable of supporting the load produced by computer. Low Power rated inverter will shut down or trip if the output load requirements are more that the rated capacity. For a computer using 650W power supply, 650W or more rated inverter is recommended (Check previous section for discussion on power requirements). Battery based inverters have a lot of options to choose from. Not all of the inverters have all of the features, so you need to decide which features are required or desired, and select the inverter based on which has them.

Should I get dry battery or wet battery for inverter?

There are multiple type of batteries available in the market. Most common type is Led-Acid Battery used in automobile starting, lighting and ignition. There are certain drawbacks of having Led-Acid batteries that it requires timely maintenance and handling precautions. Led-Acid batteries and inverters should be kept outside of your home like in porch as there is chance of acid spillage. On the other hand, Dry batteries do not have acid or liquid electrolyte in it. They have electrolyte in the form of GEL or Powder. Therefore, they can’t cause spillage and are maintenance free.

Therefore battery selection depends totally on the consumer, Dry batteries cost more as compared to Wet batteries but are environmentally safe and maintenance free. Dry batteries also have longer lifespan, better charging and discharging capabilities.

How long will be the backup time?

When we talk about the backup time Battery capacity should be our first concern. There are wide range of batteries available in the market. In addition, Battery capacity is mentioned as “Ah” Ampere Hour. Consequently, More “Ah” will result in longer backup times. Same is the case with cost. Hence you have to pay more for a battery with larger capacity.

I’m using a wet battery with 48Ah capacity. On Idle I was able to get 3 hours backup time. Since, On Idle computer power requirement is 50-60W which is very low. In conclusion, backup time reduces significantly while performing CPU and GPU intensive tasks e.g. Rendering and Gaming as Power requirements are increased.

Can I use my computer on common home inverter (Home UPS)?

Yes, you can use your computer on home inverter if the power capacity of the inverter is enough to support all the load combined. Therefore, Low end computer can be connected to home inverter instead of getting a dedicated for computer.

Should I use a dedicated Inverter for my computer?

If you have a high-end computer with more power-hungry components then dedicated inverter should be your first priority.

Is it possible to run computer on Solar Power?

Solar energy is abundant in Pakistan. So, if you get an inverter which have built-in Solar charge controller, you can run your computer on Solar power. Some inverters also feature dual power options e.g. you can shift load to solar power and if solar is not capable to handle load then it will use some energy from battery. Moreover, AC source will remain disconnected unless there is no solar energy present. Some inverter come with additional Solar power rating so you should check the solar power rating according to your requirements. I’m using inverter which have 1000 W capacity on batteries and 600W solar capacity, tested under different conditions it was able to run several things on solar power only. Therefore, 600W is more than enough for a computer. All you need are high quality solar panels to pair with the inverter.

*System Specifications under consideration for this article.

  • Processor: Core i7 4790K 4.4Ghz
  • Motherboard: MSI Krait Z97S SLI Edition
  • Cooler: Corsair H80i GT
  • Ram: 16GB DDR3 Corsair and Kingston
  • Graphic Card: Gigabyte GTX 970 Windforce
  • HDD:  Seagate Barracuda 2TB and 1TB
  • SSD: Intel SSD 128GB and Transcend SSD370 256GB
  • System Fans: 3 x Corsair 140mm Non-LED Fans
  • Accessories: Razer Deathadder Elite Chroma, Razer Kraken Chroma 7.1, Razer Firefly Mousepad, Logitech G810 RGB Keyboard
  • Monitor: Benq Zowie RL2755

*Inverter: Homage Tron DUO HTD-1211SCC

  • 1000W Inverter with Solar Charge Controller (Solar Capacity 600W)