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Old 06-21-2012, 02:33 PM   #41
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Although there is some redundancy and extra expense, weight, and wiring, having seperate a seperate inverter and charger means they are unlikely to fail at the same time. It also makes repair or replacement less expensive.

When we are talking about a piece of equipment that can interrupt a schedule or damage other components, quality and reliability are the way to go. This is not the place to "cheap out".
Based on the number of inverter problems voiced...both on the docks and internet...the other way of going (the cheap way out) seems to be gaining favor in many circles I frequent.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #42
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Man I am worried now. I have had a Xantrex charger and a link 2000 on my boat for years.

Will I soon reach critical volicity and both crap out.

Worried in Alaska.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:31 PM   #43
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Man I am worried now. I have had a Xantrex charger and a link 2000 on my boat for years.

Will I soon reach critical volicity and both crap out.

Worried in Alaska.
Your days (and mine) are numbered, SD. I'm shopping for more cheap electrical crap as I speak!

I'm gonna try out this cheap used college dorm fridge on my cheap modified sine wave Xantrex inverter this weekend. I'm just hoping the whole boat doesn't blow up on me!!

(I pay for 8 years of University of California college education for my daughters and all I get is this piece of crap refrigerator!!)

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I pay for 8 years of University of California college education for my daughters and all I get is this piece of crap refrigerator!!
The most I can get out of my kids in return at this point is the promise of a turbo charged wheelchair sometime in the indefinite future.

Did your daughters at least fill the reefer with something interesting?
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #45
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Your days (and mine) are numbered, SD. I'm shopping for more cheap electrical crap as I speak!

I'm gonna try out this cheap used college dorm fridge on my cheap modified sine wave Xantrex inverter this weekend. I'm just hoping the whole boat doesn't blow up on me!!

(I pay for 8 years of University of California college education for my daughters and all I get is this piece of crap refrigerator!!)

Did they graduate? and if they did are they planning on spending more of your boat treasure on school?
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #46
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i had a Xantrex MS2000 pure sign wave inverter charger. It worked great until a cooling fan failed. I was told by a fairly rude service tech that my expensive inverter was a throw away inverter and they did not support it with parts. The throw away inverter was smart enough to know that the fan had failed and shut it self down. This is a problem with Xantrex as all circuits that are supplied by the inverter will not not work except through a working inverter. The bottom line was I located a independent service tech and he was able to replace the pancake fan with a generic fan and the unit has been working since. When I replaced the inverter on my new boat I went with Magnum as it was recomended by several service centers I had called trying to get that Xantrex repaired. If the service had been better on my two year old Xantrex inverter had been better they might have got my next business. The MS2000 looked to be well built when I took it apart trouble shooting it. However their service department was terrible at returning calls and Emails and rude to boot. It turns out after many calls to nowhere they informed me I could by a warranty replacement at a discount. On a two year old unit that had a cooling fan fail, I feel they should have given me new one with apologies for the labor cost to remove the old one and install the new one. At that time their service department was their worst enemy. Hopefully that has changed. When I was trying to get that unit fixed the service guy's were getting the same lousy treatment from Xantrex.
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I'm on my THIRD, count them, third Xantrex truecharge 2 charger in less than one year. Just a straight charger, not inverter. They've replaced them all on warranty but this just sucks. Were I in the market, or rather, when I am in the market after this one craps out, I'll go elsewhere.
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(I pay for 8 years of University of California college education for my daughters and all I get is this piece of crap refrigerator!!)

Hahaha! My boy starts CalPoly in a couple of weeks and I told him I'm good for 4.5 years and then he is on his own, sooner if he doesn't make grades. Thank god my parents were so happy to have me out of the house they didn't care about my grades......
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I'm on my THIRD, count them, third Xantrex truecharge 2 charger in less than one year. Just a straight charger, not inverter. They've replaced them all on warranty but this just sucks. Were I in the market, or rather, when I am in the market after this one craps out, I'll go elsewhere.
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Pro Mariner, Xantrex and Guest all compete at the low end of the price range for marine battery chargers. They all have a UL marine approval but not an ABS approval.
Newmar and Charles compete at the high end of the price range. They both have ABS approval. I guess the ABS approval indicates a higher level of quality and reliability.
Is anyone familiar with ABS requirements vs UL Marine?
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Pro Mariner, Xantrex and Guest all compete at the low end of the price range for marine battery chargers. They all have a UL marine approval but not an ABS approval.
Newmar and Charles compete at the high end of the price range. They both have ABS approval. I guess the ABS approval indicates a higher level of quality and reliability.
Is anyone familiar with ABS requirements vs UL Marine?
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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) - Go to their website and they explain it pretty well. It's more of an international regulatory body for setting standards of international commercial maritime vessels and off shore facilities worldwide.

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They also talk about acceptance of certifications from labs listed by both, the Department of Labor and US Coast Guard, both of whom recognize Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approval for their certifications.


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Did they graduate? and if they did are they planning on spending more of your boat treasure on school?
#1 graduated UC Davis with dual majors in 2011. #2 is on track to graduate from UC Santa Cruz in one year with double major. They were each told that they had 4.0 years to complete college on my ticket...summer school, study abroad, whatever. But they knew that they would be on their own after 4.0 years, so they kept their noses to the grindstone and made the best of every class credit. #1 even finished one quarter shy of 4.0 years.

No more boat funds will be needed for their educations, so I'm looking at retirement before the year is out.
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#1 graduated UC Davis with dual majors in 2011. #2 is on track to graduate from UC Santa Cruz in one year with double major. They were each told that they had 4.0 years to complete college on my ticket...summer school, study abroad, whatever. But they knew that they would be on their own after 4.0 years, so they kept their noses to the grindstone and made the best of every class credit. #1 even finished one quarter shy of 4.0 years.

No more boat funds will be needed for their educations, so I'm looking at retirement before the year is out.
Sounds like a success story, none of those schools are easy to get into. My daughter graduated last year from Berkeley, now working full time at Davis Institute for Re-genitive Medicine and back to school next year hopefully on their dime for her PHD.
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No more boat funds will be needed for their educations, so I'm looking at retirement before the year is out.[/QUOTE]

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Congratulations Al !! (I'm not sure if that is for getting them through school or escaping to retirement, but job well done.)

I finally got my son through this last year, two majors and his masters. It took him 7 years and one quarter, I thought he was going to become a professional student. Unfortunately, the university life style can become addictive and for some, makes it difficult to move on. But I shouldn't complain, he got into the Student Teaching program his junior year and much of his tuition was funded by the University. (I love it when a plan comes together!! )

Me too!! Retiring next June 2013. Enjoy your retirement!!
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I love my Xantrex!! Best thing I ever did was replace my old charger with a 40 amp Xantrex, on the advice of two of my dock mates. I went from 5 - 6 years on a set of 4-d / 8-d flooded cell batteries, to 11 years. Once a year I add 2 oz distilled water per cell. The Xantrex monitors and automatically maintains the batteries 24-7, bringing each bank to a full charge on a scheduled 21 day cycle.

IMHO, after more than 10 years would I try to have it repaired if it dies? Would you ask or expect HP or Dell to fix your 10 year old home computer when it fails?? No, if it should fail in the future I will replace it with another Xantrex model.
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This is such a typical response any time these discussions come up. I hear over and over how "my 10, 15, 20 year old model has worked flawlessly and I love it. But the truth is, especially with Xantrex, the product you buy today is in no way the quality of the product made even 5 years ago, although 5 years ago they weren't so great either. I have been a service tech for over 35 years and have installed too many Xantex products. What they make today is terrible and you may get the one in 50 that works fine, especially if you use it occasionally. But the failure rate is indeed much higher that any other like manufacturer and the customer service is the worst that I have encountered from any other manufacturer. And that is my opinion based on installing hundreds of these units and not just one or two. YOU CAN NOT compare them today with products produced in the past. They do sell one good product, but they don't manufacture it. That's the Eco Charger. Chuck
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I love my Xantrex!! Best thing I ever did was replace my old charger with a 40 amp Xantrex, on the advice of two of my dock mates. I went from 5 - 6 years on a set of 4-d / 8-d flooded cell batteries, to 11 years. Once a year I add 2 oz distilled water per cell. The Xantrex monitors and automatically maintains the batteries 24-7, bringing each bank to a full charge on a scheduled 21 day cycle.

IMHO, after more than 10 years would I try to have it repaired if it dies? Would you ask or expect HP or Dell to fix your 10 year old home computer when it fails?? No, if it should fail in the future I will replace it with another Xantrex model.
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That's not a fair comparison because technology changes so rapidly in the computer field. A better comparison would be to a refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc.

I would expect to be able to have these appliances repaired after ten years.

In the case of my charger, as I stated in my previous post, Xantrex would not supply parts or even a schematic to it's own authorized repair person. Many of these parts are sytandard electronic items so with a schematic, a $400 charger would not have ended up in the landfill.

At least the guy didn't charge me for the diagnosis.
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Well, I just returned from a great weekend on the delta with my piece o' crap Xantrex hooked up to my poc fridge. Pineapple Girl (and Pineapple Guy) stood by at an anchor rode's length to help consume any warming beer but they went home thirsty.

The fridge ran great on the inverter and drew very little power. After a day on the hook, we had consumed a total of 106 AH with 2 fridges and lighting, including me leaving the er lights on all day.

So I'm keeping the fridge and Xantrex. Giggitoni, better plan to bring more beer for the 4th. At this point, it doesn't look like your be getting any of my warm cast offs.

Thanks Scary and Edelweis. Obviously I'm proud of them both. They both worked hard to accomplished their goals. re: retirement, the more time I spend on the boat, the less I'm interested in working longer.
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Wow!! Al that's pretty impressive. I have an apartment sized refer built in on my flybridge. We only keep beer in it and I never use it away from the dock, cuzz it's AC only.

Maybe I will have to buy one of those cheap piece of crap Xantrex inverters to run it?? What size is your poc inverter?? Wouldn't you think a Xantrex XPower 1000 watt would be enough to power a small fridg? WMJ marine wants $129 for it. If it ruines that fridg, it wouldn't be much of a loss!!

But then all my sailboater friends will want to come over and drink my beer!! Funny thing about them, I don't really care much for beer, but you go to their boats and they all drink Rainier and Miller Draft (I think they must of stopped making Buckhorn.) So I buy their brand for them, as well as some Corona for me and put it in the Fridg. Which do you think they drink when they're on my boat?

Yeah, I'm with you there. I don't know why I didn't pull-the-plug this June. That was not good thinking on my part !!

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............ The fridge ran great on the inverter and drew very little power. After a day on the hook, we had consumed a total of 106 AH with 2 fridges and lighting, including me leaving the er lights on all day..
How do you measure the amp hours used?
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The fridge ran great on the inverter and drew very little power. After a day on the hook, we had consumed a total of 106 AH with 2 fridges and lighting, including me leaving the er lights on all day.

Good data! That's very encouraging. I should have more faith in my batt bank and inverter & charger. Maybe an "at dock" test for a few days is in order. My Xantrex gear seems to work fine. It's only 2 years so far, but, so-far-so-good.
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