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Old 22-03-2012, 13:28   #1
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230v & 120v Inverter/Chargers

Our 17-year-old Heart inverter/charger has died and we need to replace it. Does anyone know of an inverter/charger that can accept an input of either 230v 50hz AND 120v 60hz? Most of the places we're visiting are 230v but all our tools and appliances are 120v. We do have a transformer but it would be a cleaner installation without it.

Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 22-03-2012, 14:14   #2
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Re: 230v & 120v Inverter/Chargers

I went the other way; I took two 120v Victron Multi Plus Inverter Chargers in "split phase" mode with common neutrals. I run them down stream of my isolation transformer (the 120 comes from a winding on the transformer as I only bring aboard 230 or 240v shore power. Each inverter sees 120 in but together they have both 120 and 240 out. They can be set to either 50 or 60hz. It wasn't a "cheap" solution but offers both 120 and 240 under inverter power and 200amps of battery charging.

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