My experience with Xantrex 3.0 ProSine
I acquired a NOS unit with a project
boat. Unit had been purchased by PO some 5-6 years earlier. I installed unit out of it's original packaging and was very happy with it's performance for 3 mths. Then one day it quit, internal fault error showing on control panel
. Called Xantrex, and even though I could not produce proof of purchase
, nor could they find serial
number in their database AND I admited the circumstances under which I came to have it, they STILL shipped out a replacement unit at no cost to me. It took some talking but they came through. The experience leaves me with questionable confidence in the replacement unit going forward, hence I've picked up a couple of 1500 watt inverter
only units off ebay to have as emergency
back up to jury rig in case of future failure.
BTW -- was talking to a custom builder
the other day who has gone to what he calls "distributed inverters" on the boats he's building. He's using cheap
NAPA - 500 - 1000 watt inverters to supply individual AC needs. Reasoning that it's cheaper and way more redundant to have standardized cheap
mass produced units distributed around the vessel with a couple of spares on the shelf in case one fails.
I can see the reasoning, when my unit went out, it took out everything, would have much prefered just the microwave or some outlets to blow instead of taking it all out.
Of course it means that other provisions for AC based battery charging
need to be made.