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Old 01-09-2017, 11:53 PM   #1
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Inverter/charger set up

Hey everyone! I'm just setting up my AC electrical system and I'm getting around to getting an inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch. Anyone know a really efficient setup? Possibly and all in one unit, or if its really cost efficient multiple units? I'd just really like to know what you guys got along with prices? I'm thinking I want something with at least 2000 watt capability. Help a brotha out! Thanks
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:43 AM   #2
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go to ebay and search inverter charger. I'm using the zantrex 2000 watt model.
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:16 PM   #3
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go to ebay and search inverter charger. I'm using the zantrex 2000 watt model.
How much did you find one of those for?
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:18 PM   #4
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If you have a truckstop near by check there. I used a 2500 watt inverter in my semi truck for years to power everything. Fridge, microwave, TV, directv box, laptop charger, coffee pot, etc... For a 2500 you'll need two 12vdc inputs from your battery bank. Dunno about a 2000 watt. I prefer the Cobra inverters because they have an optional remote on/off switch you can mount in an easy access place instead of having to turn the inverter on and off at the unit itself. I'm sure others have that feature as well, I just don't know about them.


https://www.amazon.com/Cobra-CPI-A20...QHTEJSYDM7N19K
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:50 PM   #5
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Hey thanks dude!
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I got mine used, they come with a panel that has a battery meter and an inverter meter. the best thing about a dual inverter/charger is the charger. if you have deep cycle batteries it will put up to 100 amps charging into the batteries when you plug into shore power or a genny. deep cycle batteries require a charging cycle to keep from ruining the batteries.i live off grid so when my batteries are low I need to charge them up fast from a genny and not screw around waiting on a crappy car charger.
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Awesome suerdave! What inverter charger do you have? How much?
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xantrex 458 currently. I just bought this Schneider Electric Conext SW 4024 120/240VAC Inverter/Charger | eBay
going 24 volt, got 6 new solar panels and a new outback flexmax 60 charge controller for the house. I'm putting the 3 260 watt panels that I put on my house in 2011, the mx 60 outback charge controller I got in 2005 and the xantrex inverter/charger in the bus along with 6 new 6 volt batteries.
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With these inverter chargers, you guys have shore power directly connected to the ac input, batteries connected to the main positive and negative, and ac outlets wired to ac out? The auto switch between using shore power / charging batteries is generally automatic and internal, no?

Not to thread jack but do you just put a 40 amp fuse (for a 30 amp application) between shore and the inverter to protect your rig from burning down?
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The shore pedestal or genny will have a breaker. On the inverted side my current one has 2 15 amp breakers. Some do. Some dont
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