When it comes to power inverters, and in particular pure sine wave power inverters, Samlex is one of the best companies in the world in terms of reliability, affordability, and performance. The Samlex Evo is a fantastic pure sine wave inverter and one that I have truly enjoyed using over the past three years. As a huge outdoorsman I have been using power inverters for over three decades, and since taking over Powermurt they have become and even bigger part of my life. Here at Powermurt it is our goal to provide you with the most up to date, and unbiased information as possible so that you can make a good purchasing decision for you next power inverter or solar panel. In this article I will be going over the Samlex Evo 2200 watt pure sine wave inverter and giving you my in depth experience using this unit over the better part of three years.
Samlex Evo 2200 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter Review
When I was growing up my family had an family RV and we would go around the great state of Texas to different RV camping grounds. Those years hold some of my fondest memories and I will never forget my dad and I hooking up our 3000 watt power inverter to the RV and watching it run everything that we needed during our trip. It felt like a miracle watching this seemingly useless car battery be transformed into something that could power air conditioning, electric stoves, microwaves, fans, radios and anything else you could think of. Since I’ve moved out of the house I have become of a backpacker rather than car camper however, when I do go car camping I always make sure to bring a power inverter with me. The luxury of being able to power any device you want while camping is just not something that I would give up.
As I said in the beginning of this article I have been using the Samlex Evo off and on for almost three years and have brought it with me on boats, car camping trips, and have even occasionally used it around my house for various off grid projects. Throughout my time using this pure sine wave inverter I have had almost exclusively good experiences, though there are one or two complaints I have as well. Over the course of the rest of this review I hope to share my experience using the Samlex Evo so that you will have a better understanding of how this pure sine wave inverter works, and whether or not it is the right power inverter for your needs.
I first bought the Samlex evo back in late 2018 and a sort of Christmas present to my self. At the time I was living alone and for the holidays I was planning a three day car camping trip to New Mexico and wanted a new power inverter. After reading some reviews I stumbled upon the Samlex Evo, did some research and decided to treat myself with a high end power inverter for the first time (in the past, and while growing up my family had power inverter that maxed out at $500 and 1000 watts). Shipping was a breeze and only about a week later my brand new power inverter had arrived. Opening the package and I found my brand new Samlex power inverter, shiny and clean and packaged in such a way that there was no chance for damage during shipping. This was something that I am a huge stickler for as so often with products their packaging is terrible and they arrive to you house with bumps, scrapes, and dents.
Taking the inverter out of its box I decided to run a couple quick tests on it, as I do with all the new inverters that I buy so that I know that I can trust its performance when I take it on a trip.
Thankfully by the end of 2017 my house had enough solar panels to power a battery large enough for a 3000 watt power inverter so running the Samlex evo 2200 watt pure sine wave inverter was no issue. In the past testing inverters of this power level would have been much more difficult. I first tested the Samlex with my water pump which has a start-up charge of 1600 watts and a running charge of 800 watts. My new inverter handled this with ease and after running it for 4 hours the inverter had barely heated up. With five different temperature sensors and two cooling fans the Samlex Evo is basically purpose built for extended use. Next I wanted to test my inverter’s maximum power and thankfully I have an air compressor that uses 2100 watts with a start-up of 4200 watts, just slightly below the Samlex’s max continuous wattage rating, the Samlex does have 6600 watt surge power but I have not tested it to that extent. This again proved to be no issue for the Samlex and after running this overnight my inverter had heated up slightly but was no-where near overheating.
Overheating is one of the biggest issues with high wattage power inverters and it can be very frustrating, and even destructive, if you power inverter overheats. This can lead to you power inverter breaking, smoking, or catching other surrounding things on fire. The cooling system for the Samlex Evo is top notch, and in addition it has a nine different points of system monitoring which are updated up to 10,000 times per second. This allows the device to self-monitor and shut itself off in the rare case of overheating. To prevent this however, you should always make sure that you place your power inverter in a cool area, out of direct sunlight whenever it is in use or being stored.
Once my initial test was over it was time to take my new pure sine wave inverter out into the real world and see if it was suitable for my camping needs. Normally I do not take too many electrical devices camping with me but for this I decided to go a bit overboard. To my holiday camping trip in New Mexico I brought and electric griddle, water heater, microwave, minifridge, fan, and portable air conditioner. Obviously not all of these are necessary or even convenient for camping but for testing purposes I figured might as well check off as many boxes as possible. With two AC outlets I systematically tested all combinations of devices that I brought with me and herein lies my first complaint about the Samlex. With only two AC outlets I was only able to run two devices at once. This is not a huge complaint however it would be nice to be able to run three smaller devices at the same time.
Due to the 6600 watt surge power starting up two appliances at once is almost never an issue and all the combinations of my devices were able to run for hours without interruption or difficulty. My one other complaint about this power inverter is that it is quite heavy, almost 60 pounds, but with all the technology that is packed into this pure sine wave inverter the weight is not surprising. I thoroughly enjoyed using the Samlex evo, and after three days in the mountains of New Mexico, I headed home with the Samlex, extremely pleased with my decision. It has taken me over 2 years since that trip to get my review of the Samlex written and over that time I have used this product on countless other occasions, and it has never disappointed in its performance.
Overall I would say that the Samlex Evo 2200 Watt pure sine wave inverter has been one of my better purchasing decisions when it comes to power inverters, and I have very few complaints. It runs as good, if not better than advertised, and its reliability and consistency has me bringing it on more and more trips; even though I have more than enough power inverters on my plate to review. At just under $1,200 this power inverter is a bit pricy, however for the use that you will get out of it I feel that it is extremely justified. In my mind buying a $1,200 power inverter once and using it for 10 years is far and away more preferable than buying a $400 power inverter three times over that same time period. With a high power rating you can use the Samlex for most devices and its 6600 watt surge rating is enough to start up almost anything in your home.
As for my complaints they are few and far between, however I do wish that the Samlex had three rather than two AC outlets. With 2200 watts of continuous power being able to run three different devices would be nice, but being capped at only two is not the end of the world. My other complaint is that the Samlex is quite heavy, weighing in around 60 pounds. This is one of the most high tech power inverter you can buy and it is jam packed with technology. This will obviously increase the weight dramatically, and I don’t think that its weight is really that big of an issue. Personally I would recommend this power inverter for a camper, whether that be RV or car camping. It is great to take on the road and with its extremely durable build you will never have to worry about it breaking while you’re out. I hope that this review has been helpful for you and as always if you have any suggestions on what we should review next please leave a comment down below and we will get to it as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who makes the Samlex Evo pure sine wave inverter?
The Samlex Evo is produced by Samlex America, a production company with manufacturing facilities all around the world.
Is Samlex America a good power inverter company?
Yes, Samlex is one of the most well-known names in power inverters and since 1991 they have been providing the world with some of the most high tech products on the market.
How big is the Samlex Evo Prue Sine Wave Inverter?
The Samlex Evo has a volume of around 1 cubic foot, it is about 16.5 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 8.5 inches tall. Enter your text here...