7 AIMS Power Inverter Reviews
– Offers an excellent peak surge wattage of 6000W
– Can charge a battery as well as invert DC to AC
– Is a reasonably priced power inverter charger combo
– Is a fairly expansive power inverter
– Does not have a USB port
– Has a somewhat high no load idle current draw
The bottom line:
The AIMS power inverter battery charger combo is not for everyone. As a straight power inverter, its price is fairly prohibitive–though it is an exceptionally budget friendly inverter charge hybrid. Still, even as a power inverter, the 20-second 6000W peak surge capacity may be enough to sway your decision.
AIMS Power is one of the few manufacturers of power inverters and battery charger hybrids available for consumer purchase. This combination can be especially beneficial for RV and marine vehicle owners who may need to recharge their batteries when they are miles away from a traditional charging power source. That said, this combination does come with a few drawbacks–when compared to standard power inverters.
On the plus side, the battery charger element does mean that AIMS has to manufacture this product at a somewhat higher standard than is common for most power inverters. This principle is on full display as noted by the peak surge wattage of 6000W. Even better, this peak surge wattage is rated for 20 seconds. Most traditional power inverter peak surge wattages are only rated in milliseconds.
One thing that is a bit of a double-edged sword is this product’s price. While it is easily the most expensive 2000W power inverter on our list, it is actually one of the least expensive 2000W power inverter battery charger combos. As such, if you simply need a power inverter exclusively, the price may be a bit steep.
Another potential concern for this product is that its no load idle current draw is a bit high at 1.1A. Though, this power inverter does come with a Powersave option that will decrease the no load idle current draw to a far more reasonable 0.5A–which is well within the range of the top-tier 2000W power inverters. That said, the Powersave option will reduce this power inverters maximum RMS wattage capacity when engaged, so make sure it is set properly when in use.
The bottom line:
When you need rivers of AC power but do not necessarily need it to be the cleanest power, then the AIMS 5000W modified sine wave power inverter is an impressive option. Moreover, the phase correction technology of this modified sine wave power inverter actually keeps its power efficiency and no load current draw well within the range of even top-tier pure sine wave power inverters.
When you need massive amounts of power, there are few brands that you can turn to. Thankfully, AIMS has you covered with this extremely high wattage power inverter. In fact, there are only a handful of power inverters even this powerful, and AIMS actually offers power inverters with a higher wattage capacity than this.
That said, this is still a modified sine wave power inverter. This means that your electronic devices which use microprocessors or other sensitive components will not run properly when powered by this power inverter–though they will charge properly if they have a rechargeable battery. Moreover, this modified sine wave power inverter does at least include phase correction which helps alleviate some of the common inefficiencies associated with other modified sine wave power inverters.
In fact, as far as modified sine wave power inverters go, this is easily one of the most efficient in a number of ways. First, the efficiency of the power that this inverter draws ranges between 90 to 95 percent. To put that in perspective, there are top-tier pure sine wave power inverters that are not that efficient. On top of that, this power inverter also only has a no load current draw of 0.6A–again, this is better than some pure sine wave power inverters.
That said, there is one problem with this power inverter that may limit the effectiveness of its massive RMS wattage capacity. The UL ratings for the 4 different AC outlets provided is only for 1500W. While this means that you should be able to max out this power inverter’s RMS wattage capacity, you will not be able to do so on a single outlet. Instead you will have to use AC direct connect terminal block for the applications that need a full 5000 watts.
If you are looking for a power inverter to turn your clean solar energy into usable AC current, then AIMS is easily one of the best products that we reviewed. With a rugged exterior and an internal circuitry designed to handle the great outdoors, this product will withstand conditions most power inverters would balk at… Read Review
The AIMS 2000w is a good product with clean waveform and excellent price, that can easily compete with other premium brands such as Samlex and Xantrex. It is a versatile solution for powering a laptop, hairdryer, microwave oven or other consumer electronics while in a car, SUV, recreational vehicle, truck, or during power outage but it’s not as durable as it could be… Read Review
While AIMS occasionally gets mixed reviews for their pure sine wave inverters, their modified sine wave inverters seem to be some of the best available. While a bit more expensive than some other brands, they are reliable and provide numerous outlets and ports to satisfy all of your power distribution needs. Read Review
Even though it is one of the more expensive inverters we reviewed, it is actually an exceptionally inexpensive inverter charger combo. Of course, if you do not need the charger function, then this is simply an overpriced power inverter. That said, it does offer the best peak surge wattage which is 3000W better than the next closest competitor. Read Review
AIMS power inverters are often better at the extremes than they are in the middle ranges of wattage capacity–a reverse Goldilocks if you will. Thankfully, this 3000W power inverter happens to sit at the extreme end of the high capacity mark and is one of the better models we reviewed. Read Review
AIMS UL 458 listed pure sine wave inverters include a 2000W model as well as a 1200W and 2000W model with transfer switches. Their UL 458 listed modified sine wave models include 2000W, 3000W, and 3600W. Finally, their pure sine wave inverter-chargers range include 600W, 1000W, 1500W, 2000W, and 3000W… Read Review
by Paul Ertel January 11, 2018