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Old 14-05-2012, 16:58   #1
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xantrex freedom 30 inverter/charger

still looking for a freedom 30 inverter/charger thanks rich 440-725-4328
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Hey I am looking at one of those can you tell me how they are?
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Hey I am looking at one of those can you tell me how they are?

I have a Freedom 1000 that outputs 24vdc. I purchased it new on Ebay for about 250. 24 vdc stuff is not popular.

I also had, no make that have a 2000 or so in my basement....junk! My opinion is these were fine inverter chargers20 years ago when made by Heart. The have a huge power transformer for voltage reductions and so forth. They represent the best of yesterday's technology. And they have hidden deficiencies.

One of the basics of electrical engineering is that one cannot change the current in an inductor instantaneously! One night I was charging a group of batteries at almost 100 amperes and I turned the battery selector switch. Now the switch is supposed to be a make before break, but my guess is that it did not.

Anyway, I changed the battery selector switch AND THE $%^& THING BLEW UP!!! I HAD FIRE SHOOTING OUT OF ALMOST EVERYWHERE! i NEVER SAW SO MUCH ARCING IN MY LIFE and it took awhile for things to calm down. Even after I removed the power to the pig, it was flaming!

Well, so much for that! I suggest searching for TODAY'S technology. Sure, I still have the elcheapo 24 vdc on my boat. I purchased that unit only because it was almost free.

Just MHO!

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information about any of their products. Nobody but nobody get to service their equipment. Sure, a local technician can look at it, but he will soon be lost because schematics, parts lists and such are not available
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Re: xantrex freedom 30 inverter/charger

Xantrex is evil.
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Hmmm I have been looking at the generation 2 model it seems like its good but you guys are scaring me, how much of the problems are from the actual Xantrex as to the electrical components that it is controlling and charging ?
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Xantrex is evil.

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Re: xantrex freedom 30 inverter/charger

I had a Freedom 3000 made by Heart. After ten years of use, the charger quit. No support by Xantrex, Bob Campbell in Annapolis understands them. However, I am a firm believer of separate units, charger and inverter. I now use the original inverter part of the 3000 and a separate charger made by Iona.
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Re: xantrex freedom 30 inverter/charger

We had a Heart Freedom 2500 on a 2000 H450. We owned the boat for 5 years and the inverter/charger worked as designed.

My issue with it was the fact that it's a modified sine wave inverter and didn't let the microwave or the coffee machine operate properly. the microwave ran too fast and didn't produce much energy. The coffee machine refused to recognize it had power.

Our present boat has a Trace inverter/charger. This is modified sine wave also, but the microwave and the same coffee machine operate properly.

Bottom whine: I don't like the Freedom line of inverters.

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