Originally Posted by GlennFC
Speaking from first hand experience I can tell you that many "over the counter" inverters have been known to catch fire. Mine was turned on with a very light load and started to burn. Thank goodness we were in the coach at the time and put it out with a fire extinguisher. Morale of the story - Buy a good quality inverter with good ratings from other users.
Also note the cheaper inverters do not produce what is known as a "pure sine wave" so they may not power a phone charger or other electronics that need a pure sine wave power supply.
Do your research and you will save yourself a lot of potential grief.
Your right in saying buy a well known Inverter, the one I bought is the Rolls Royce of Inverters, quite expensive but has excellent reviews I think they are made in Australia and definitely not made in China, this is the link if anyone wants to have a look http://www.projecta.com.au/Products/Inverters.aspx
I did buy a Chinese Inverter 4 years ago 2000 watt, lasted 1 month and stopped working did not get a refund, so as you say the way to go is look at review's like I did and you will sleep well at night,