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Detailed reviews and information of the best solar panels, inverters and batteries. Plus hybrid and off-grid solar system reviews and information articles on how solar and battery systems work.

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

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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:

  1. Off-grid and Hybrid Multi-mode Inverters

  2. All-in-one Battery Energy Storage system BESS

  3. Hybrid solar inverters

  4. Battery systems - energy storage

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

Hybrid Inverter comparison chart - Guide only - Always refer to manufacturers specifications and data sheets - Copyright Clean Energy Reviews 2019 -

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.

* Comparison of the most popular all-in-one hybrid inverters  plus  the advanced off-grid inverters Selectronic SP PRO & Victron Multiplus for reference.

* Comparison of the most popular all-in-one hybrid inverters plus the advanced off-grid inverters Selectronic SP PRO & Victron Multiplus for reference.