I'm in the process of renovating our 1979 Airstream Excella 500 31' camper from the ground up. Starting from the bare bones we had the option of redoing the aging electrical. Part of that process was selecting and installing a new power converter. We opted to add an inverter to the mix and the search was on for a cost effective and reliable unit that would meet out needs.
Despite the advice of the forum here (see this thread
), I decided to take a risk on a relative unknown: AIMS 2000 Watt Pure Sine Inverter Charger
There were almost no reviews on the unit at the time, so it was hard to gauge whether not the unit was any good. Even Lewster said "MADE IN CHINA, BEWARE". Nevertheless, talking to a tech at the company (based in Nevada) and learning a little more about it's features I decided it was worth the risk given it's low price. It's definitely the cheapest option out there for 2000w Interverter, 20A charger, and built-in automatic transfer switch. So I bought it, and installed it.
That was 6 months ago.
We've been using it daily for during the renovation as a power source (mostly in pass-thru AC power mode, but occasionally use the inverter mode just for fun) to run vacuums, drills, saws, lights, and anything else you can think of. Haven't had a problem yet! So far, I have to saw, it's been really reliable and performed as expected. Highest continuous draw yet was 1800w and it worked fine.
Given that there just weren't a lot of reviews out there for this unit, I wanted to add one voice to the mix, and a positive one at that.
Here's a picture of it installed (excuse the mess of wires that still need to be wrangled).