Hybrid All-in-one Solar Inverter Comparison
Comparison of all leading all-in-one hybrid inverters including industry leading SolarEdge, Redback technologies, SMA sunny boy storage, Solax X-hybrid inverters with backup capability
Hybrid Solar Inverter Comparison chart
Common hybrid solar inverters also known as multi-mode inverters are at the heart of any simple, cost effective home battery storage system. Hybrid inverters combine a solar inverter together with a battery inverter/charger and software which can be programmed to determine the most efficient use of your available energy. Learn more about hybrid inverters here.
Home battery and off-grid energy storage systems can be divided into the four categories below:
Hybrid solar inverters
All-in-one hybrid inverters are the simplest and most economical way to add battery storage but do have some limitations, the main being the limited surge or peak power output (refer to the comparison chart below). Also some hybrid inverters do not have back-up power capability or can be very limited so only small (essential) loads can be backed up in the event of a blackout. For adding a battery to an existing solar installation there are several specialised AC coupled hybrid inverters such as the Sunny Boy Storage from SMA, or by adding an AC battery system such as the Tesla Powerwall 2 or Sonnen ECO.
For a detailed guide to selecting and sizing a solar hybrid or battery inverter and energy storage refer to our Technical guide to choosing a hybrid / off-grid solar inverter.
Updated March 2019 - V1.5
hybrid Solar inverter Comparison
Description of hybrid solar inverter features
DC coupled HV - Only compatible with High Voltage (HV) battery systems such as LG Chem RESUH or BYD HV.
AC coupled - Battery Inverter used for AC coupling or retrofitting a battery (used with a solar inverter).
Load Shifting = Storing solar energy or off-peak charging of batteries to be used during peak times
Weather rated (IP65) = Can be installed outside, preferably a semi-protected location out of direct summer sun.
Peak Shaving = Also called peak lopping is the ability to reduce peak demand from the grid.
Mobile App control = Mobile phone app used to monitor and configure the system via network/wifi
Cloud monitoring = Remote system monitoring and data logging via web interface
DC Optimisers = Panel mounted optimizers to provide individual panel power optimization and monitoring
Digital I/O = Digital Inputs and Outputs for load control such as hot water systems.
PV O/S = Solar PV over-sizing allows for a larger solar array to be connected to the inverter.
* To be used as a guide only - Information may be inaccurate or outdated. Always refer to manufacturers specifications and data sheets. All installations must be performed by a certified solar installer or experienced licensed electrical contractor.