Originally Posted by TheThunderbird
I share the doubt of the many who don't like the charger+inverter combo.
You just get simpler installation
but no redundancy, same cost or more (victron and mastervolt are expensive}, and some additional chance of malfunctioning.
Nothing prevents me from charging and using the inverter at the same time. Why having two in one? . . .
The killer advantage of combined inverter/chargers is power boost. You can't do that with separate charger
and inverter. Power boost allows you to limit the amount of power you take from shore or generator
and boost it with inverted power if needed. This lets you shave the peaks and use limited AC power efficiently. If you have a lot of AC gear
on board, especially anything with an electric motor
and large startup loads, and you have to deal with limited shore power
(10 or even 6 amps in many places in N Europe), or your generator
is not huge, you can't live without this, once you've discovered it. It also helps protect your generator by allowing you to be sure you never overload.