The size of the inverter you need for a 200-watt solar panel depends on the specific appliances you plan to use. However, a 300-watt inverter would be a good starting point for most applications.
Here is a table of the recommended inverter sizes for different wattage appliances:
|Appliance Wattage||Recommended Inverter Size|
|100 watts or less||300 watts|
|101-500 watts||600 watts|
|501-1000 watts||1000 watts|
If you plan to use multiple appliances at the same time, you will need to add up the wattage of all the appliances and choose an inverter that is at least 20% larger than the total wattage.
For example, if you plan to use a 100-watt light bulb, a 200-watt laptop, and a 500-watt microwave at the same time, you would need a 1000-watt inverter.
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