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Old 09-21-2020, 05:14 PM   #1
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Freedom 20 clicking noise

I have a freedom 20 marine charger. Today they cut off the dock power and I shut down both the ac and dc panels. The charger is making a clicking noise. What could that be? Where is it getting the power to do so? From the batteries?

I am about to put the boat on the hard for some repairs and am concerned this clicking/battery drain could be a problem for my batts.
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Old 09-21-2020, 05:19 PM   #2
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Can't be sure...but it could be the relay that shifts from shore power to inverted power and back (transfer switch)...were you getting intermittent AC power from the inverter to match the clicks?
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:26 PM   #3
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Just checking, were you running the Genny when you heard the clicking sound?
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Is it an inverter/charger?
I have a Magnum, not xantrex, and it ticks when it’s in Search mode. It sends out a 120 volt pulse about once per second to see if any loads have been turned on. Every pulse makes a quiet tick.
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High Wire, it is an inverter Charger and the ticking noise is exactly as you describe. Why doesn’t it shut down when I kill both panels? Will letting it click harm it or drain my batteries?

Click is not an accurate word for it but can’t think of a better word. It is more like a quiet or dull click but occurs about 2 to 3 “clicks” per second.

In response to Menzies post I was not running a gender. Don’t have one.

In response to pessneld I get no a/c signal that I know of. I have the a/c panel turned off but the volt and amp meters show no signal. The inverter has a small light that keeps with the clicking.
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High Wire, it is an inverter Charger and the ticking noise is exactly as you describe. Why doesn’t it shut down when I kill both panels? Will letting it click harm it or drain my batteries?

Click is not an accurate word for it but can’t think of a better word. It is more like a quiet or dull click but occurs about 2 to 3 “clicks” per second.

In response to Menzies post I was not running a gender. Don’t have one.

In response to pessneld I get no a/c signal that I know of. I have the a/c panel turned off but the volt and amp meters show no signal. The inverter has a small light that keeps with the clicking.
Had one before. It should have an off switch. also disconnect the shore power cable and even battery cables to get it to reboot when you turn it back on. It does sound like the auto switch.
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High Wire, it is an inverter Charger and the ticking noise is exactly as you describe. Why doesn’t it shut down when I kill both panels? Will letting it click harm it or drain my batteries?

Click is not an accurate word for it but can’t think of a better word. It is more like a quiet or dull click but occurs about 2 to 3 “clicks” per second.

In response to Menzies post I was not running a gender. Don’t have one.

In response to pessneld I get no a/c signal that I know of. I have the a/c panel turned off but the volt and amp meters show no signal. The inverter has a small light that keeps with the clicking.
To verify if it’s the search pulse just turn on a 120v lamp. When the lamp powers up the clicks should stop. You will have to check your manual to learn how to do a shutdown. Just turning off the panels is not shutting down the inverter. And yes Search mode will drain the batteries eventually.
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High Wire you were spot on! Turned on a light and it quit. I will try to download a manual today to find the proper way to shut down. Thank you
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