In this Samil inverter review, we look at the Chinese unit’s good and bad points. Hopefully it helps you make up your mind about whether or not you should get a Samil. Samil is a huge Chinese company with a background in Variable Speed Drives (VSDs). Samil Power (the inverter branch of the company) has been around since 2008, making it 6 years old now. Samil have offices around the world, including one here in Aus (Sydney) which is a plus.
Samil Inverter Models
The most common Samil inverters found in Brisbane are the Solar River series. This is the standard range from Samil:
- Solar River TL Series – Single Input
- Solar River TL-D Series – Dual Input
Samil also make a “Solar Pond” micro-inverter and Solar Lake and Solar Ocean for larger solar setups. For the average Joe like you and me though, the Solar River is what you’ll get. Samil had a pretty good wrap in the Photon rankings with an efficiency of 96.5% which earned an A rating.
You are always better off with a dual input inverter. The Samil Solar River dual input unit is a step above it’s single input sibling. But does Samil compare with it’s competition? Compared to the Growatt and the JFY, Samil doesn’t quite look as good.
Samil Inverter Review – Strengths
Samil is truly an A grade inverter. The Solar River stands pretty well with inverters around the world. It has met the competition with it’s high efficiency and good reliability. Another plus about the Samil is that it has a pretty good monitoring ability. The Solar River has ethernet, wi-fi and RS485.
Samil Inverter Review – Weaknesses
What’s not so great about the Samil Solar River? Well number one would be that for a Chinese inverter, this one doesn’t deliver anything that special. The monitoring is quite good, but the the functionality is not the best. Efficiency and reliability are the 2 big ones for inverters and Samil doesn’t quite meet the rest on this level.
Samil Inverter Review – Is It Any Good?
Samil is not a bad inverter. It’s true that some Chinese inverters have had issues and Samil is not immuned to this. Overall though, Samil do a good job. If you do get one of the Chinese units, make sure you get a dual tracker. Even if you get a small solar power system (6 panels), the system will still go well as long as it’s designed properly.