My Xantrex Prosine
3.0 died over the weekend after 6 years of service
. The failure according to Xantrex, in an over the phone
troubleshooting call was probably the auto-switching circuit failed. The display panel shows there is no shore power
connected. There is and there is power to the unit itself. The inverter
works, so this is where the discussion ended. They offered to sell me a new unit rather that fix this one. That has been discussed plenty on this board by others.
I am in the hunt for a new system and am considering Mastervolt, Victron and Charles as replacements
. My question for the group is:
Would it be smarter to install a separate charger
over a integrated or combined inverter/charger unit. Failure of either would not kill the whole system. My up front cost will probably be slightly more but if there was a failure, replacement may be easier. I would change my wiring
a bit to select either shorepower or switch over to the inverter when off the grid. In this case the inverter would not see much use until I actually left the dock
. The charger
would only be used at the dock
. I will have plenty of solar
, HO alternator
to keep things charged up while off the dock. Seems a combi unit is powered on all of the time whether dockside or at anchor
I will also be downsizing a bit as well as I really don't think I need 3000 watts to run a TV for a movie
or a 100Amp charger when wind
will be installed. In fact it seems to be more of a dockside use device that when we actually are out cruising the PNW and beyond.
Curious to the thoughts of the collective.