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Old 04-07-2014, 09:22 AM   #1
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We were on our way bringing our boat home from Ft. Lauderdale and lost our inverter during the middle of the first night. The boat has the 120v lights and outlets fed through the inverter. The inverter appears to still be charging but not absolutely sure. I have as built wiring schematics from the PO and still have not checked all the fuses. All breakers associated with the system are on and I have checked that the correct voltage is on the load side of the breakers to eliminate a possible bad breaker. I have no indicator lights on the actual inverter however the heart interface appears to be functioning correctly. I am just curious if someone might have run into this before and there is a simple thing I am over looking. Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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Is it possible the inverter shut down because the battery voltage dropped below a value that was programmed into the link? I know when we bought our boat that trying to understand how the inverter worked was the most difficult system to understand.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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Check your wiring between the Link 2000 and the invertor/charger and also check the 2-2 amp fuses. The Link 2000 is your SOC meter and the inverter/charger control only. Your invertor/charger could be fine.
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I don't have a link, but on my Magnum inverter I had a similar problem. It took a while to find because it was a pop-out circuit breaker on the back side of the inverter against the hull.

The panel is probably still on because it's powered from the 12V side.

I finally had to replace the breaker because it was tripping well before its rated 30A. That's the only problem I've had with the Magnum, it's been rock solid otherwise.
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Are you able to use a multimeter. If so you need to check the AC voltage as it leaves the inverter. This usually requires you to unscrew the plate covering the AC connections and pressing the multimeter leads against the AC terminals.

Once you have determined whether you have voltage or not at the inverter then you can take the next step.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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I am pretty sure I do not have AC input voltage because the inverter indicator lights are not on. I am pretty sure I do not have AC output because of the above statement. I will check the taps on the unit to confirm. The AC feed from the main AC panel is hot and has me wondering if there is a fuse between the inverter and main panel or an internal fuse located within the inverter. The reset on the inverter can not be reset due to lack of power.
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Assuming it is the oft mentioned X box - Don't be surprised if your Xantrex inverter is toast, they have a very high failure rate especially as they grow old. Lots of threads on this Forum about this issue.
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I was out on a 3-day trip a couple of weeks ago and on day 2, my Xantrex inverter quit after I unplugged an appliance. I had power to the unit, but no fault light and no AC power. I called Xantrex from home since it was 15 months into its 24 month warranty. Initially, the X-guy thought it was just a 12 month warranty, but assured me they'd extend the warranty if needed. When I told him my manual said 24 months warranty, he confirmed it. He then asked my about the GFI breaker on the unit....DUH!!! He opened a warranty case number for me and told me to call back if it wasn't the GFI.

The next time on the boat, I reset the GFI and ...viola! All is well again in inverter-land.

I will say that I have been waiting for this unit to fail after reading this forum. I was expecting Xantrex to not answer the phone or dodge the warranty issue. In both cases, I was pleasantly surprised. So count me as one of the satisfied (for the time being anyway) X-customers.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:41 PM   #9
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Are the (2) 2 amp fuses located within the inverter or remote to inverter? It appears I have no power to the inverter since there are no indicator lights displayed but would I have indicator lights on the invertor if the Link 2000 controller is interfaced in the system. Should the Link 2000 be able to turn the invertor on?
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Are the (2) 2 amp fuses located within the inverter or remote to inverter? It appears I have no power to the inverter since there are no indicator lights displayed but would I have indicator lights on the invertor if the Link 2000 controller is interfaced in the system. Should the Link 2000 be able to turn the invertor on?
The 2-2 amp fuses should be the batteries and are for the controller (if my memory is right). Your manual for the controller also has a guide for a series of error codes. Do you see any? Also, with the controller in line, the power switch on the invertor should be left off.

As much as I don't like Xantrex, the Freedom inverter/chargers are good and the manuals have good trouble shooting guides. I'd continue there.
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The times that I have had issues with my Xantrex it has been the breaker on the front panel has popped out. I think it has gotten weak.
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Are the (2) 2 amp fuses located within the inverter or remote to inverter? It appears I have no power to the inverter since there are no indicator lights displayed but would I have indicator lights on the invertor if the Link 2000 controller is interfaced in the system. Should the Link 2000 be able to turn the invertor on?
The link 2000 should be able to. But you can unplug it and control from the inverter.
When I lost one a bunch of chips melted inside. Smell it. If no smoke smell probably some breaker or fuse or gfi needing finding. Good luck

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I was out on a 3-day trip a couple of weeks ago and on day 2, my Xantrex inverter quit after I unplugged an appliance. I had power to the unit, but no fault light and no AC power. I called Xantrex from home since it was 15 months into its 24 month warranty. Initially, the X-guy thought it was just a 12 month warranty, but assured me they'd extend the warranty if needed. When I told him my manual said 24 months warranty, he confirmed it. He then asked my about the GFI breaker on the unit....DUH!!! He opened a warranty case number for me and told me to call back if it wasn't the GFI.

The next time on the boat, I reset the GFI and ...viola! All is well again in inverter-land.

I will say that I have been waiting for this unit to fail after reading this forum. I was expecting Xantrex to not answer the phone or dodge the warranty issue. In both cases, I was pleasantly surprised. So count me as one of the satisfied (for the time being anyway) X-customers.
Sounds like the new French ownership is making some needed improvements !
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Xantrex Toast

I was at the boat today and pulled the cover on the inverter and immediately saw carbon deposits on the inside cover and it appears a component has fried. It appears to be a capacitor but I am not an electronics expert. My choices are to send in for a repair or by a new different brand inverter/charger.
My other choice is to take the 110v circuits back to the electrical panel and feed from the generator / shore power and just install a battery charger / monitor and get away from the whole inverter. Thoughts?
I guess my preference would be to replace the inverter with something of the same capacity that would fit in the current footprint so that it would be more or less a plug and play. For those familiar with the Link interface are they compatible with other brands?
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First though , what do you use the inverter for , besides its dual use as a charger.

Very expensive inverters are required for a few applications , for most a low cost unit will do fine on a house fridge , TV or microwave.

Not so fine for air cond , water making or scuba compressor (Big AC motors).
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First though , what do you use the inverter for , besides its dual use as a charger. Very expensive inverters are required for a few applications , for most a low cost unit will do fine on a house fridge , TV or microwave. Not so fine for air cond , water making or scuba compressor (Big AC motors).
I had similar situation. Ended up rewiring with heavier 110v marine wiring 10 gage I think. Relocated out of engine room under a bunk with extra vent fan to make sure no over heat.
West marine has triple points this weekend = 12% cash back. I sold the old one for lots of $$ for parts on eBay. Time for new one

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Where are the batteries? Is the transfer switch on the Xantrex blown too?

Boat electric is a much different animal than land electric. I know a few very experienced senior commercial electricians who readily admit they don't have a clue about all the issues on boats, especially all that DC stuff, grounds etc.
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Where are the batteries? Is the transfer switch on the Xantrex blown too? Boat electric is a much different animal than land electric. I know a few very experienced senior commercial electricians who readily admit they don't have a clue about all the issues on boats, especially all that DC stuff, grounds etc.
Yup! I asked my electrician neighbour about vessel DC systems, and he said straight away that he knew nothing about them at all, and he's a boater.

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I have a very nice running take out Xantrex Freedom inverter charger 3000 watts circa 2004 with a Link Monitor remote.

Due to my cruising locations and onboard equipment I preferred a PSW newer design and went with a "drop in" Magnum installed a year ago.

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I have a very nice running take out Xantrex Freedom inverter charger 3000 watts circa 2004 with a Link Monitor remote.

Due to my cruising locations and onboard equipment I preferred a PSW newer design and went with a "drop in" Magnum installed a year ago.

PM me if any interest.
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