Top 11 RV Power Inverters Recommendations for 2020

There are many benefits to traveling in an RV – from saving money by avoiding hotels to exploring the great outdoors (while enjoying the comforts of home). But all that can come grinding to a halt if your only power sources are weak and unreliable. Don’t choose between your refrigerator, microwave, or cell phone. Instead, invest in an RV power inverter that can handle it all!


Buying Guide

  • When Purchasing an RV Power Inverter: You should consider how much energy you will need and what items you want to power (see video).
  • Types of RV Power Inverters: Pure sine and modified sine wave inverters are the most common. Pure inverters produce the kind of power available in your house, will not damage sensitive electronics,  and come with a higher price tag.  Modified sine inverters are generally less expensive, but may damage sensitive electronics (phones, laptops, etc.) over time.
  • Important information or terms to know when discussing RV power inverters:
    • Volt (V): Unit of electric potential
    • Watt (W): Unit of power (voltage*current [amps])
      • Note: Volts are easier to compare (than watts) because they measure a single factor, while watts measure two.
    • GFCI Outlet: The outlets in your bathroom that have a test/reset switch to protect electronics
  • Explanation of the “Conversion” Aspect of RV Power Inverters: There are two types of electric current: Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC). Inverters take battery-produced DC and convert it into AC, which is used by electronics.  The “Voltage Conversion Range” listed with each product below will give you a sense of the input (DC) to the output (AC).  For example, many options on the market offer 12V DC (input) → 110~120V AC (output).

Buying Recommendations

Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter Truck/RV Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual AC Outlets 2.1A USB Modified Sine Wave Inverter
AIMS Power 3000 Watt Modified Sine Power Inverter 12Volt DC to 120 Volt AC ETL Certified to UL 458 with GFCI Outlets and AC Terminal Block
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
Peak Power Inverter
Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 Watt Solar Power Battery Converter 12VDC to 120Vac ETL Listed
AIMS Power PWRI200012120S Pure Sine Power Inverter, 2000 Watt Continuous Power, 4000 Watt Peak Power, 12V DC, USB Port, Listed to UL 458, 2 Year Warranty, GFCI Outlet
Wattage Supply Range
1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
3000W (Continuous) – 6000W (Surge)
2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
800W (Continuous)
1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 110V AC
12V DC → 120V AC
12V DC → 110V AC
12V DC → Unspecified AC output
12V DC → 115V AC
12V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Audible alarm (11V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (10.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Audible alarm (10.5V low), shutdown (10V low), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Audible alarm (10.5V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (9.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Alarm and shutdown (low voltage, overload, and overheating)
Alarm (low voltage) and LED indicators (low voltage, overvoltage, overload, and short-circuit)
Audible alarm (9.8V low), shutdown (9.5V low, 16V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features
Alarm, independent power switch, intelligent digital display
Alarm, GFCI outlets
Alarm, three AC outlets, USB port, smart digital display, two cooling fans
Clamp cord, alarm, USB port, remote switch
Remote switch, alarm, dual GFCI outlets
Alarm, shutdown protection, USB port, optional remote switch
Best Budget
Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter Truck/RV Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual AC Outlets 2.1A USB Modified Sine Wave Inverter
Wattage Supply Range
1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 110V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Audible alarm (11V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (10.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features
Alarm, independent power switch, intelligent digital display
Best Premium
AIMS Power 3000 Watt Modified Sine Power Inverter 12Volt DC to 120 Volt AC ETL Certified to UL 458 with GFCI Outlets and AC Terminal Block
Wattage Supply Range
3000W (Continuous) – 6000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Audible alarm (10.5V low), shutdown (10V low), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features
Alarm, GFCI outlets
Best with Alarms
Recommendations
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
Wattage Supply Range
2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 110V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Audible alarm (10.5V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (9.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features
Alarm, three AC outlets, USB port, smart digital display, two cooling fans
Clamp Cords
Recommendations
Peak Power Inverter
Wattage Supply Range
800W (Continuous)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → Unspecified AC output
Voltage/Surge Protection
Alarm and shutdown (low voltage, overload, and overheating)
Special Features
Clamp cord, alarm, USB port, remote switch
Remote Switches
Recommendations
Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 Watt Solar Power Battery Converter 12VDC to 120Vac ETL Listed
Wattage Supply Range
1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 115V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Alarm (low voltage) and LED indicators (low voltage, overvoltage, overload, and short-circuit)
Special Features
Remote switch, alarm, dual GFCI outlets
Shutdown Protection
AIMS Power PWRI200012120S Pure Sine Power Inverter, 2000 Watt Continuous Power, 4000 Watt Peak Power, 12V DC, USB Port, Listed to UL 458, 2 Year Warranty, GFCI Outlet
Wattage Supply Range
2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range
12V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection
Audible alarm (9.8V low), shutdown (9.5V low, 16V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features
Alarm, shutdown protection, USB port, optional remote switch

Budget RV Power Inverters

Here are our favorite RV power inverters that are easy on your wallet.

1. Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 110V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (11V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (10.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Alarm, independent power switch, intelligent digital display
Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter Truck/RV Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual AC Outlets 2.1A USB Modified Sine Wave Inverter
Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter Truck/RV Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual AC Outlets 2.1A USB Modified Sine Wave Inverter
At an affordable price, this modified sine wave inverter does well for a 1000W unit. The product comes with 24-hour customer service, a convenient mounting slot, and a temperature-controlled cooling fan, making it a popular choice if you have low/moderate power needs.

What we like about it
  • Reviewers appreciate the mounting slot
  • 18-month warranty
  • Portable
Drawbacks
  • Requires 2” ventilation space
  • Reviewers request longer wires
Sale
Ampeak 1000W Power Inverter Truck/RV Inverter 12V DC to 110V AC Converter with Dual AC Outlets 2.1A USB Modified Sine Wave Inverter
  • ▶ 1000W High Power Inverter ◀ - Provides 1000W continuous DC to AC power output, up to 2000W surge capacity, converts 12V DC battery power to standard 110V AC. (Please confirm the rated power and starting power of your devices before purchasing)
  • ▶ Widely Application ◀ - 2 AC outlets and 2.1A USB port deliver 1000W continuous power, ideal for christmas gift, cell-phone, laptop, electric christmas light, digital camera, breast pump, TV, electrical tools, microwaves and other electronics
  • ▶ Advanced Safety Protection ◀ - Smart Digital Display & Cooling Fan & Audible Alarm & LED Indicator & Built-in 5 x 25A Mini Slip Fuse to protect against Over Voltage / Low Voltage / Overload / Short Circuit / Over Heat. Applies the technology of ABS crashworthiness, robust, as well as good electrical insulation

2. POTEK 2000W Power Inverter

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V → 110V
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (10.5V low), shutdown (10V low, 16V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Three AC outlets, USB port, alarm
POTEK 2000W Power Inverter Three AC Outlets 12V DC to 110V AC Car Inverter with USB Port
POTEK 2000W Power Inverter Three AC Outlets 12V DC to 110V AC Car Inverter with USB Port
This modified sine wave inverter has three outlets to charge your large devices and a USB port for smaller ones. It comes with four battery cables, metal housing, and an LED light indicator that shows load voltage and watt level.

What we like about it
  • 18-month warranty
  • 85% efficiency
  • Extra cables
Drawbacks
  • Noisy
  • Positive and negative terminals are not protected
POTEK 2000W Power Inverter Three AC Outlets 12V DC to 110V AC Car Inverter with USB Port
  • [2000WATT BLUETOOTH POWER INVERTER]Provides 2000 watts continuous power, 4000 watts surge power to charge your multiple electronic devices on the go
  • [MULTI-PURPOSE CHARGING]Three AC outlets and one USB charging ports perfect for charging your TV,freezer,flood lights, microwaves, refrigerator, and other electronics
  • [MULTI-PROTECTION]This power inverter has over voltage, overload, over-current, under-voltage, overheating, short circuit protection

Premium RV Power Inverters

These are the best premium RV power inverters.

1. AIMS Power Sine Inverter PWRINV300012120W – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 3000W (Continuous) – 6000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (10.5V low), shutdown (10V low), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Alarm, GFCI outlets
AIMS Power 3000 Watt Modified Sine Power Inverter 12Volt DC to 120 Volt AC ETL Certified to UL 458 with GFCI Outlets and AC Terminal Block
AIMS Power 3000 Watt Modified Sine Power Inverter 12Volt DC to 120 Volt AC ETL Certified to UL 458 with GFCI Outlets and AC Terminal Block
We like this modified sine wave inverter because of its 90% efficiency and digital display to protect against overloading and voltage issues. The aluminum case and fan prevent the unit from overheating.

What we like about it
  • Dual GFCI Outlets
  • Two-year warranty
  • Quiet
Drawbacks
  • Low amp fuse may trigger easily
AIMS Power 3000 Watt Modified Sine Power Inverter 12Volt DC to 120 Volt AC ETL Certified to UL 458 with GFCI Outlets and AC Terminal Block
  • POWERFUL: 3000W max continuous power, 6000W surge, soft start technology, optional remote available. AC direct connect terminal block
  • PROTECTIONS: Overload, over temp, high voltage, low voltage, short circuit, internally fused, low and high voltage alarm, cooling fan, and isolated ground neutral
  • FEATURES: Works with appliances, tools, motors, compressors, pumps and much more, up to 25 amps. Volt and amp meters monitor your inverter’s performance. LED indicators. Ground terminal and rugged DC terminals

2. VertaMax 3000W Pure Sine Inverter

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 3000W (Continuous) – 6000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 115 AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (10.5 low) and shutdown (10V low, 16V over)
Special Features: Alarm, three AC outlets
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 3000 Watt (6000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 3000 Watt (6000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
The first pure sine inverter on our list offers simplicity. It has three outlets and high wattage, allowing it to power multiple electronics (such as TVs, game consoles, phone chargers, microwaves, A/C units) with an 85-90% efficiency rating.

What we like about it
  • One-year warranty
  • Runs quietly
  • Users charge sensitive electronics repeatedly without damage
Drawbacks
  • Users report disproportionate battery drain
VertaMax Pure SINE Wave 3000 Watt (6000W Surge) 12V Power Inverter DC to 115 AC Car, Solar, Off-Grid, RV, Back Up Power
  • Includes VertaMax Pure Sine Wave 3000 Watt (6000 Watt Surge) Inverter with three AC outlets and LED Digital Display
  • LED Display shows DC battery voltage and Watts (AC power consumption). Monitor power usage and battery voltage.
  • The VertaMax Pure Sine 3000W has 3 grounded AC outlets (115 AC for USA household devices). Each AC outlet has its own circuit breaker (red switch below each outlet). Also includes a hard wired terminal block for permanent AC connections (see photo gallery for more info.)

RV Power Inverters with Alarms

These are our favorite RV power inverters that feature audible alarms.

1. Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 110V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (10.5V low, 15.5V over), shutdown (9.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Alarm, three AC outlets, USB port, smart digital display, two cooling fans
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
This modified sine inverter is well-known for its protection systems: Namely, an audible alarm for both low and high voltage issues. The company offers 24-hour customer service and a remote switch that can be purchased separately. This product is mid-range in both wattage (2000W) and efficiency (85%).

What we like about it
  • 18-month warranty
  • Smart digital display
  • Optional remote switch
Drawbacks
  • May shut down after continual use in the upper range
Sale
Ampeak 2000W Power Inverter 3 AC Outlets DC 12V to 110V AC Car Converter 2.1A USB Inverter
  • ▶ 2000W High Power Inverter ◀: Provides 2000W continuous DC to AC power output, up to 4000W surge capacity, featuring with 3 AC outlets and one USB charging port to convert 12V DC battery power to standard 110V AC, great for AC household appliances or large electrical devices on trips, camping or work sites, such as christmas light, TV, freezer, Laptop, DVD player, PSP, Camera or recharging mobile phone/iPad etc.
  • ▶ All-Round Protection◀: Built-in 10*35A mini slip Fuse, Smart Digital Display, 2*Cooling Fan, Audible Alarm, automatic shutdown protection against Over voltage, Low voltage, Overload, Short circuit, Over heat
  • ▶ ABS Shell ◀: Coming with All-Insulated Ring Terminal Cables which is safer than other alligator clip cables with plastic cover. Durable ABS material shell provides perfectly all-round protection

2. Power Bright PW3500 Sine Inverter

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 3500W (Continuous) – 7000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12 V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (11V low), shutdown (10V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Alarm, four AC outlets, remote switch
Powerbright PW3500-12 12-Volt Modified Sine Wave Inverter (3,500 Watts)
Powerbright PW3500-12 12-Volt Modified Sine Wave Inverter (3,500 Watts)
This modified sine wave inverter has the highest wattage range on our list. With 90% efficiency and four AC outlets, this product will power nearly anything you need. It is an appropriate choice for buyers who are looking to power multiple high-energy appliances at once (e.x. TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, and hairdryer).

What we like about it
  • One-year warranty
  • Number of outlets
  • Remote switch and alarm
Drawbacks
  • Price
  • Weight

RV Power Inverters with Clamp Cords

Here is our favorite RV power inverter that comes with a clamp cord.

1. PEAK PKO AM 800W Inverter – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 800W (Continuous)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → Unspecified AC output
Voltage/Surge Protection: Alarm and shutdown (low voltage, overload, and overheating)
Special Features: Clamp cord, alarm, USB port, remote switch
Peak Power Inverter
Peak Power Inverter
This lightweight inverter is a good choice if you want 1) a portable option or 2) to exclusively power small gadgets. It has two AC outlets and a USB port for various charging needs. This product requires lithium-ion batteries (included).

What we like about it
  • Portable
  • Remote switch
  • Users report it lasting several years with daily use
Drawbacks
  • Noisy fan
  • Low power output

RV Power Inverters with Remote Switches

These RV power inverters feature useful remote switches.

1. Renogy 3000W Sine Inverter – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 1000W (Continuous) – 2000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 115V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Alarm (low voltage) and LED indicators (low voltage, overvoltage, overload, and short-circuit)
Special Features: Remote switch, alarm, dual GFCI outlets
Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 Watt Solar Power Battery Converter 12VDC to 120Vac ETL Listed
Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 Watt Solar Power Battery Converter 12VDC to 120Vac ETL Listed
This is one of the more affordable pure sine wave inverters on the market. With its lightweight design, high-speed fans, special features, and 90% efficiency, this product’s performance guarantees satisfaction.

What we like about it
  • Compatible with sealed lead acid, gel, lithium-ion, and phosphate batteries
  • Reviewed as “excellent”
Drawbacks
  • GFCI may be sensitive
Renogy 3000W 12V Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 Watt Solar Power Battery Converter 12VDC to 120Vac ETL Listed
  • Clean and smooth output for sensitive equipment, similar to that of shore power. With little Harmonic distortion, This high-quality waveform can support virtually any Electronic device. Conversion efficiency >90%, reduces conversion loss.
  • Error alarm system and special LED indicators for under-voltage and over-voltage protection, over-temperature protection, overload protection, and ground fault circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection.
  • Sealed lead acid, gel, Flooded and lithium Iron phosphate.Total harmonic distortion(THD):<3%

2. Xantrex PROWatt 2000 Inverter

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 1800W (Continuous) – 3000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 104-127V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (11V low), shutdown (10.5V low, 15.5V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Remote switch, two GFCI outlets, USB port, alarm
Xantrex 806-1220 PROwatt SW 2000 Inverter - 1800W, True Sine Wave
Xantrex 806-1220 PROwatt SW 2000 Inverter - 1800W, True Sine Wave
This pure sine wave inverter is more expensive but offers benefits to account for the cost: Two GFCI outlets, one USB port, heavy-duty terminals for secure connections, and a remote switch. The maker also guarantees 90% efficiency, making it ideal if you have moderate energy needs that include sensitive electronics.

What we like about it
  • Two-year warranty
  • Users report up to eight years of regular use
  • Quiet
Drawbacks
  • Not compatible with long extension cords
Sale
Xantrex 806-1220 PROwatt SW 2000 Inverter - 1800W, True Sine Wave
  • 1800W true sine wave power
  • Built-in digital display for DC volts and output power; Optional remote panel and cable (sold separately)
  • Built-in USB port for most USB devices

RV Power Inverters with Shutdown Protection

These RV power inverters offer shutdown protection.

1. AIMS Power Pure Sine Converter PWRI200012120S – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 2000W (Continuous) – 4000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 120V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Audible alarm (9.8V low), shutdown (9.5V low, 16V over), and protection (overload and short circuit)
Special Features: Alarm, shutdown protection, USB port, optional remote switch
AIMS Power PWRI200012120S Pure Sine Power Inverter, 2000 Watt Continuous Power, 4000 Watt Peak Power, 12V DC, USB Port, Listed to UL 458, 2 Year Warranty, GFCI Outlet
AIMS Power PWRI200012120S Pure Sine Power Inverter, 2000 Watt Continuous Power, 4000 Watt Peak Power, 12V DC, USB Port, Listed to UL 458, 2 Year Warranty, GFCI Outlet
This pure sine inverter is known for its programmed shutdown features. Aside from the protections listed above, this product also offers a cooling fan, isolated ground neutral, LED indicators, and an optional remote switch. Other features include two AC outlets, one USB port, and 90% efficiency.

What we like about it
  • Two-year warranty
  • Quiet
  • Can stand up to intense, daily usage
Drawbacks
  • Vulnerable to humidity
  • Needs time to cool if it overheats
AIMS Power PWRI200012120S Pure Sine Power Inverter, 2000 Watt Continuous Power, 4000 Watt Peak Power, 12V DC, USB Port, Listed to UL 458, 2 Year Warranty, GFCI Outlet
  • POWERFUL: 2000W max continuous power, 4000W surge, clean pure sine power, soft start technology, compact design, lightweight.
  • PROTECTIONS: overload, over temp, high voltage, low voltage, short circuit, internally fused, low and high voltage alarm, cooling fan, and isolated ground neutral.
  • FEATURES: Works with electronics, tools, appliance and much more up to 16 amps . Includes USB , LED indicators, ground terminal and optional remote switch.

RV Power Inverters with USB Ports

Here is our favorite RV power inverter with a USB port.

1. GOWISE Power 3000W Sine Inverter – Editor’s Pick

Specs
Wattage Supply Range: 3000W (Continuous) – 6000W (Surge)
Voltage Conversion Range: 12V DC → 110V AC
Voltage/Surge Protection: Shutdown (12V low, 16V over) and overload protection
Special Features: USB port, alarm, three AC outlets, remote switch
GoWISE Power PS1004 3000W Continuous 6000W Surge Peak Power Pure Sine Wave Inverter with Starter Cables and 4 Output Sockets
GoWISE Power PS1004 3000W Continuous 6000W Surge Peak Power Pure Sine Wave Inverter with Starter Cables and 4 Output Sockets
This lightweight, pure sine wave inverter offers five protection systems, an LED indicator, and 90% efficiency. For your charging needs, it supplies 3000W of continuous power through three AC outlets and one USB port. It is an appropriate choice if you are running both high-energy appliances and sensitive electronics.

What we like about it
  • One-year warranty
  • LED indicator
  • Lightweight design
Drawbacks
  • It may draw too much energy during conversion
GoWISE Power PS1004 3000W Continuous 6000W Surge Peak Power Pure Sine Wave Inverter with Starter Cables and 4 Output Sockets
  • GoWISE Power PURE SINE Power Inverter 3000W Continuous/6000W Surge, 12V DC to 120V AC w/ Black and Red Cables w/ Ring Terminals, Remote Switch, 5 kinds of Protection Systems and 4 Output Sockets
  • Ideal use in cars, vessels, and for power failure emergencies and s maximum efficiency with computers, sensitive equipment, and more
  • 5 Protection systems: Thermal protection, Overload protection, Over Voltage protection, Under Voltage protection, Low Voltage protection alarm

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re brewing coffee or watching the game, an interruption in reliable electricity is frustrating.  Don’t find yourself  stranded and stuck without power: Get an RV inverter that fits your needs today!

Last update on 2020-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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