This AIMS unit isn’t actually just a charger, it’s a combo inverter AND charger. Combo inverters and chargers have all the functionality of the separate units, but in one package. This significantly simplifies your system, and cuts down on cabling and fuses to buy. It’s also smaller and lighter than installing the devices separately. The AIMS inverter/charger is only about $100 more than equivalent inverter and charger separately.
This unit is a 35 amp charger and 1,250 watt inverter. For most van lifers this will be adequate capacity, but RVers may want the power of their 70A charger/2,000W inverter or 100A charger/3,000W inverter
The charger is “smart” and will adjust charging profiles based on the battery state. The inverter has industry standard features such as low-voltage battery alarm, GFCI outlets, and a 3x surge capability.
The main limitation of this product is does not use hybrid technology through the inverter while also plugged in to shore power. Inverters/chargers with this capability are marketed as “hybrid” and are quite a bit more expensive. Hybrids recharge the batteries when there is surplus power or deliver more power to the loads if they require more than the AC input can supply by itself. Unless you are drawing significant 120V AC power all the time, we don’t see that this feature is worth the extra cost.
You will want to get an external switch for this unit. AIMS sells a few different external switches for different inverter types, make sure to buy this LED Remote Panel which is compatible with this inverter/charger.
Take note this inverter is not UL certified. AIMS also sells 1,000W and 1,500WUL certified inverters/chargers at a higher price point. These inverters are also about 4% more efficient (92% vs. 88%).