What size inverter to run a kettle?

Generally, the travel kittle comes with 500 watts of electric capacity. To power the kittle, you must have an inverter that can produce 1000 watts of minimum watts. The inverter should not be less than 1000 watts at the starting point, and the kittle may require 2 x powers to generate sufficient heat.

What inverter do I need to power a kettle?

Inverters are manufacture in different sizes. Also, they are rated with the start rated based on the energy efficiency. The more the star, the more efficient the inverters would be. 

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Always look for the power output to know what devices you can connect to the inverters. 

The inverters capacity would range between 150W to 2500W. 

Some high-end inverters go beyond the normal range. Every inverter would have the maximum capacity. 

You can power the devices using the inverters up to 70% to 80% of maximum power. 

Above the limit, the inverter starts slowing down, and your device may not receive a sufficient amount of energy. 

Generally, the travel kittle would have a power requirement of 500 watts. When connected to the inverter, it will require minimum power to function correctly. 

The 500 watts kittle should be connected to the 1000 watts of the inverter. In the beginning, when you start the kittle, it may require more power than usual to activate the essential component. 

How much power do you use?

When you are powering your devices using the inverters, you should calculate the power requirement of each device to understand how much power you would require. 

Usually, the electronic devices would have a label on them contain all the information. It will tell you electricity consumption, capacity, the type of power such as AC/DC, watts and amps.

Use this information to know what your inverter could power when connected. 

Always connect the devices up to 70% of inverter capacity as some device may require more power at the starting point. The low power could result in the slowdown of the device. 

Add several devices to the inverters based on the number of watts the device needed. Ensure that the device gets a sufficient amount of energy is supply to the device to run the inbuilt function.

Note that some devices may need more power to start up, such as Television and household fridges. The inverter should compensate for the peak power demand. 

Can an inverter run a kettle?

Yes. You can comfortably run a Kittle on the inverter of 1000 watts capacity. Generally, the kittle need 500 watts of power to function. 

You can check the energy requirement on the specification label stick to the device. The 1000 watts would power two or more devices during the travel. 

You will find different kinds of inverters in the market, and every inverter is different from others.

So while buying the inverters, read the specificity and the energy output to confirm that the devices such as kittle are supported. 

How long can the inverter power the kittle?

The inverter keeps powering the kittle until it is fully depleted. The watts require per hour for the device will help you to calculate how much time the kittle will be functional. 

Compare the device’s power requirement with the available power in the inverter to know how many hours left before your inverter dies. 

Whatever inverter you use to power the device should always be used below the maximum power the inverter can generate. 

For example, if the inverter has a maximum capacity of 1000 watts, then the largest kittle you should connect to the event would not be more than 850 watts. 

Put some buffer energy to compensate for the energy loss and rising energy demand of the kittle. 

For a 2000 watts inverter, the maximum capacity you can use must now go beyond the 1500 watts. The inverters are always used below the maximum capacity to improve the efficiency of the inverter. 

What are the ways to calculate the Kittle inverter requirement?

Inverters are not 100% power efficient. The electric kittle comes in different sizes. They range between 1000 watts to 2500 watts for the regular use inverters. 

The high-end inverters used in the industry productions may produce more energy than the regular inverters. The efficiency is also depending on how and for what purpose you use the inverter. 

You can calculate the watts requirement for the device using the below formula.

Total Kittle Watts + 20% = Inverter Size. (find out the fuse size needed for inverter)Opens in a new tab.

If you have a kittle that uses 800 watts, you need 1000 watts of the inverter to power your device.

The inverter must supply power between 1000 to 1200 watts for smooth functioning. Use the inverter with a 20% higher capacity but not less than that.

The inverter that cannot produce a sufficient amount of energy would stop the device from working.


I’m Matt, a computer and electronic embedded system developer. Currently, working as an electronic engineer. In my leisure time, I do love to blog about technology stuff. Specially, new advance high tech devices. Portable solar systems are one of topic that I love to investigate. They are becoming more powerful day by day which keep me alert.

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