?Solar Panels/invertors/power banks?

Hi. Had a motor home 3 years now.

Now had a solar panel fitted 215w

& hubby also considering purchasing either an inverter or a power bank. Wondering if having these can affect my pacemaker ? 

Also the use of Air fryers can they affect tge functioning of my pacemaker & heart??? 


what is safe

by Tracey_E - 2023-04-05 09:22:20

Newer pacers are very well shielded and very little in a household setting will affect them. Solar panels, power banks, air fryers are all perfectly safe. I'm pretty sure inverters are too but will let someone else answer that one. 

I've been paced 29 years and have always been told to live my life and don't worry about it. I've never been particularly cautious and have never had an issue.

Safety of solar, inverters&power banks

by PurpleNorbsa - 2023-04-05 09:59:08

Thank you Tracey


PM interference!

by WazzA - 2023-04-06 18:46:05

I'm into my 4th year of being paced, the ONLY thing I now go OUT of my way to avoid are  Generators such as Roadworks, fairgrounds etc, working  on the Car while the  engine is running & I do NOT linger under High tension Power lines . I've never experienced any thing untoward from our normal household devices BUT still try to keep at least 6" away! Best Wishes. 

?Solar/ inverters & powerbanks

by PurpleNorbsa - 2023-04-06 20:18:12

Thank you WazzA,

You'll be fine

by LondonAndy - 2023-04-07 19:12:41

215 watts is not much power at all, and domestic sized inverters don't creat much EMF either. 

Electrical equipment

by piglet22 - 2023-04-08 06:50:42

Equipment from reputable companies in Europe and North America will generally have to go through testing before it goes on sale.

This can include tests for Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).

In Europe, the CE mark means that the product has been tested for it's intended use and meets those requirements for safety and health hazards.

It doesn't stop some unscrupulous manufacturer from simply forging the mark and there is a suggestion that CE stands for China Export rather than Conformite European.

That is why I say reputable.

I can't think that something like an inverter would pose any risk if used properly. Obviously anyone, pacemaker or not, would be acting irresponsibly by maybe placing it on their chest while it is working.

An inverter does the opposite of those devices you plug into a socket to charge your phone etc. Those devices, wallwarts in NA, plug top power supplies in UK, take mains power 240-V AC and convert it to say 5-V DC. Older devices would have used transformers that can emit EMR, but new devices use solid state electronics called switched mode power supplies that operate at very high frequencies and don't emit the low frequency EMR of transformers.

The invertor does the opposite and takes the DC voltage from solar panels or car batteries and converts to mains power. Modern microwave ovens use invertors and pose no risk  if used properly. Microwave radiation is a different kettle of fish and if you are daft enough to mess about with it, you could do yourself serious damage.

I think you can rest easy about normal household equipment with a pacemaker.

For starters, the designers know right from the outset that day to day exposure to EMR has to be catered for.

As part of my professional work and my DIY work, I've been exposed to all manner of radiation from alpha and beta particles though to very low frequency radio and never had ill effects.

You know you're wired when...

You forecast electrical storms better than the weather network.

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