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Old 13-02-2018, 16:48   #1
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EasySolar, All in one Inverter/Charger/MPPT from Victron. Any good?

My 2 year old cat came with a 40A Cristec Battery Charger. I have 450Ah of FLA, and I put on 2 285 w Solar Panels, one each into a $100 MPPT 20A controller.

I was thinking of adding an inverter. Figured I would get an inverter charger for ease of wiring. Then when I was looking on the Victron site, I found this item, which is a 50A MPPT controller, a 16A inverter (30A peak) and 70A charger. My boat is only wired for 30A service on AC. The inverter is a bit low for what I want, but not terribly so. Not planning on running AC of of it, maybe small microwave, Keurig, etc. Don't have to run these at the same time. Also, need to find a 120V version of it, not 240.

Does anyone have any experience with this device? If so, let me know your thoughts. I know there is no redundancy, everything is now in a single device, but I would keep my old controllers and charger for backup.

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Re: EasySolar, All in one Inverter/Charger/MPPT from Victron. Any good?

bump... i have the same questions...
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..need to find a 120V version of it, not 240..
Unfortunately, there is not a 120V version. I was very interested in this solution as well, but decided the convenience of an all-in-one unit didn't outweigh the additional need for a 120V-240V step-up converter. Would be fantastic if Victron released a 120V native version to target the US market - try emailing them with the request.
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Re: EasySolar, All in one Inverter/Charger/MPPT from Victron. Any good?

My boat is 220V 50hz so I am good in that aspect. Was more curious as to if anyone has used this system on a boat and if it's worth it or better to keep systems separate?

I currently have a 6.5kVA genset, 60amp Victron Centaur 12/60 charger, no inverter, and am planning on adding (2) 330W solar panels on a Victron 100/50 MPPT.

The battery bank is spread out around the boat so was hoping this could make wiring more simplistic. In addition, I could wire a new transfer switch that includes "Inverter", "Shore", and "Generator" as sources to my AC distribution. Right now I only have Shore and Generator. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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Re: EasySolar, All in one Inverter/Charger/MPPT from Victron. Any good?

Jibinbi...Tempting, but to my way of thinking, you would be compromising the invertor.

Note that normally you don't need a larger one and you are prepared to juggle, BUT, there may be critical times when you are doing contractor work with AC tools and shore power is not available.

I would go with a Victron multi whose Inverter matches your AC panel rating and gives you a backup charger
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My boat is 220V 50hz so I am good in that aspect. Was more curious as to if anyone has used this system on a boat and if it's worth it or better to keep systems separate?

I currently have a 6.5kVA genset, 60amp Victron Centaur 12/60 charger, no inverter, and am planning on adding (2) 330W solar panels on a Victron 100/50 MPPT.

The battery bank is spread out around the boat so was hoping this could make wiring more simplistic. In addition, I could wire a new transfer switch that includes "Inverter", "Shore", and "Generator" as sources to my AC distribution. Right now I only have Shore and Generator. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Hi Myers, I would consider the Victron Multi wired to also manage and supplement shore power, so you don't need a third "Inverter" distribution switch.

I would personally prefer a separate MPPT controller, wired directly to batteries via fuses/breakers, so that I can safely "dead ship" all DC voltage at bussbars for troubleshooting or added wiring, yet keep the batteries full.
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