Originally Posted by captainUni
Thanks guys for all the input. But here's another question. Would it be ideal to have a charger/inverter as one unit to be my main system like the Magnum? Or two separate unit a charger and a inverter
? I always thought two separate units are better than one in case it breaks down. Any thoughts?
While Magnaum is an excellent product, and great company to deal with, I see far to many I/C's fail and when they do you often lose both invert and charge features when they do.
Two weeks ago it was a dead remote
on an I/C that caused the owner to lose his bank of batteries. Not that this can't happen with separates but sometimes breaking them apart can be beneficial because you can pick and choose your components.. Chargers tend to fail with more regularity than do inverters, in my experience, and with "support & repair" being so short these days on a products life cycle replacing a charger becomes a lot less costly than buying
a whole new I/C... If these things were more reliable sure but I don't find them to be...
I/C's save on space for sure but do weigh the odds.... I still install a lot of I/C's and they are usually considerably easier to install and separates but WHEN they fail, not IF, they get costly to replace..
As for books
, based on customer feed back, I like to recommend:
Boatowners Illustrated Electrical Handbook Second Edition by Charlie Wing
Most of my customers feel this book explains it well, follows current safety
regs but does not go over your head
. Calder's book is great if you want every last detail but I find novices with electrics say they like Charlie's book a little better....