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Old 11-22-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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This looks interesting: Samlex 3000W Inverter charger

This looks interesting: Samlex 3000W Inverter charger.

Deeply discounted and available in the Vancouver Area. I don't know anything about the product and cannot comment about its reliability.

https://www.rpelectronics.com/evo-30...er-switch.html

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Old 11-22-2017, 01:58 PM   #2
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https://www.amazon.com/Samlex-Americ...771GZMV3V&th=1

Decent reviews on amazon as well.
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:21 PM   #3
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Samlex has a great reputation worldwide for good value quality electronics.

I'm sure no Magnum, but leagues ahead of a no-name cheapie.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:19 PM   #4
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I have a Samlex 1500 Watt inverter and a single bank 60 or so (memory issue)amp battery charger. For a few years, no complaints.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:35 PM   #5
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...I'm sure no Magnum, but leagues ahead of a no-name cheapie.
I have the Magnum 2812 with the monitor and remote, so I don' need one, but I thought others might be interested.

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Old 11-22-2017, 03:49 PM   #6
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says in manual not to be used on boats under 65 feet because of excess vibration will hurt it
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:20 PM   #7
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says in manual not to be used on boats under 65 feet because of excess vibration will hurt it
How bizarre. Assume stinkpots.

I would ignore
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:47 PM   #8
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Samlex have also battery chargers for a reasonable price tag here and I was wondering about quality and durability.

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Old 11-22-2017, 05:52 PM   #9
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Samlex has a great reputation worldwide for good value quality electronics
Of all sorts.

Not tops in any category, but not cheap junk like what's taking over in most.

Scandinavian outfit I think
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:49 PM   #10
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Samplex 3012 manual says they use bulk charge x 10 to establish absorption time. They assume ~75% charge at end of bulk charge.

I didn't find similar information on Magnum
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Old 11-24-2017, 06:43 AM   #11
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The big question is do you want "all your eggs in one basket",

if the inverter fails you loose the batt charger ?

I prefer old style single component , single failure, but with modern smart equipment.
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The big question is do you want "all your eggs in one basket",

if the inverter fails you loose the batt charger ?

I prefer old style single component , single failure, but with modern smart equipment.


Seems like a lot of folks like my have Magnum 2812 charger/inverters that havenít had any problems. But you certainly are correct, if mine fails I need replace both a charger and an inverter. Mine is going on 7 years of use so far....
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I have had my trace inverter/charger for over 20 years. Not really worried about one of these failing and if it did I have a backup charger and a generator.
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The big question is do you want "all your eggs in one basket",

if the inverter fails you loose the batt charger ?

I prefer old style single component , single failure, but with modern smart equipment.
A Magnum 2812 combo inverter charger costs around $2,000. The charger portion is a very good 125 amp unit. Newmars standalone 125 amp charger is as big as the Magnum combo and costs about $1700. Who makes two separate competitive inverter and charger units for marine use that are both space and cost efficient?

If seeking ultimate redundancy, install two inverter chargers. Many vessels do this.
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I went with the Promariner setup....because it fit my plans, needs and budget.

2000W inverter/75 amp charger combo for $850 and a 50amp stand alone charger for around $450.

This gives me a backup charger, and with both the combo and stand alone charging, they top off a battery bank of 650amp hours depleted down 15 to 20 percent in one to two hours.

So far i am pleased. The costs were very reasonable as the units look well designed and made. Especially the stand alone charger. Lots of front panel info wihtout the remote and its adjustable output lets me use it with my emergency Honda 1000W genset.

It saved the first 2 months of this trip. I got underway on schedule even though a coupke days before departure i had to send my 8kW generator end out for repair.
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If seeking ultimate redundancy, install two inverter chargers. Many vessels do this.
I installed a second charger. The inverter/charger (100A) is on the house bank. The other charger covers both the starting and genset bank. Each engine alternator charges one bank. I can swap the starting and house banks.

No single point of failure can leave me without the ability to recharge, if I'm running the mains regularly. Things only get dicey if the genset or inverter/charger fail during a time I planned to be on the hook for a while. That would eventually force me to a marina or repair facility. Solar would probably go a long way toward alleviating that.
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My secondary charger is my main engine.
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:28 AM   #18
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This looks interesting: Samlex 3000W Inverter charger.

Deeply discounted and available in the Vancouver Area. I don't know anything about the product and cannot comment about its reliability.

https://www.rpelectronics.com/evo-30...er-switch.html

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In the US a Magnum 2812 ordered through Amazon is same price.
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In the US a Magnum 2812 ordered through Amazon is same price.
Closer to $3,000 Cdn, by the time you add the ME RC-50 and the BMK kits. I agree the Magnum is a great unit and I have one myself. I only mentioned the Samlex Unit is a possible alternative for those who are budget constrained.

https://www.amazon.ca/Magnum-MS2812-.../dp/B002MWAATK
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Me too. Been there done that
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