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Old 12-04-2010, 12:38   #1
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Link 20 vs Link PRO

Just when I jump off the fence and order a Link 20 monitor I am informed that it is no longer availible and need to use the "new" Link PRO unit. Has anyone out there put this unit into service? How does it compair to the Link 20? Should I look at another brand?

Any thoughts or opinions would be helpful.
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Old 12-04-2010, 13:12   #2
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According to Xantrex, the LinkPRO Battery Monitor is the direct replacement of XBM Battery Monitor with expanded features (not the Link 20).

Xantrex Technology Inc. - LinkPRO Battery Monitor - Product Information

Xantrex Technology Inc. - Link 20 - Product Information

Xantrex Technology Inc. - WHAT TO BUY
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That is what is making me hesitant to pull the trigger on the Link Pro because no one has any of the Link 20's and they do not show a direct replacement for it, only a sales clerk that is saying to me "they are the same thing, it just looks differnt."
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Many people are not happy with xantrex service I installed a victron bm and am very happy about $200
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Old 12-04-2010, 16:38   #5
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Thanks for the input.... I will check it out and see too that their is a Sales/service rep. here in town, always a plus.
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When I saw that the Link 10 was being discontinued, I went out and bought one right away. The big difference between the Link 10/20 and the Link Pro is that the new device will start up your generator automatically if the batteries get low.

A shame you have to pay for that extra feature if you don't have a generator.
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Old 12-04-2010, 18:20   #7
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I installed a Link Pro and am very happy with it. Contacted Xantrex tech support by email with a few questions - no problems. It's my first battery monitor so I have nothing to compare it to.
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I believe there is a Link Lite with fewer features for less money.

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I believe there is a Link Lite with fewer features for less money.
Good call, Dave. I'd been told the same as Jim, that I'd have to go with the PRO, but I just googled on the Link Lite and found them for sale at Amazon.

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I have installed three LinkPro battery monitors. There are significantly more functions that can be programmed and the programming is a lot easier than the old Link10/20. These are good products.

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Just installed one ..but dont know much about its duribility yet.

Nice looking units anyway.
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Thanks to all of you that were able to give your thoughts and opinions, I went with the LinkPro, let you all know how it works out. Again,. thanks for the input!
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The new Link Lite and Link Pro units are made by TBS Electronics in the Netherlands for Xantrex. TBS also used to make the Xantrex XBM and Victron's battery monitors, the 501 series. These units are quite reliable and far less buggy than the older Link 10/20 series which was originally made by Cruising Equipment Inc.. Basically Xantrex switched vendors, and for good reason..

I owned a TBS/Xantrex made XBM, it was a lot better than my Cruising Equipment/Xantrex made Link 10 and just got my hand on a new TBS made Link Pro. Was intending to go with a Victron but when you get a "really good deal" you just can't say no.. One nice feature of the Link Pro is the ability to hook it up to a computer to graph and monitor your usage but in reality it is a bunch of added fluff you really don't need to pay for unless you think you'll actualy use it. Nothing wrong with the Link Lite or the Victron monitors either..
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Thanks to all of you that were able to give your thoughts and opinions, I went with the LinkPro, let you all know how it works out. Again,. thanks for the input!
Try to mount it at eye level...more of the functions will get used more often.
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Thanks to all for your help, comments and in-sights! The LinkPro is installed and working as designed. I do have one, probably dumb, question; When setting the total amp hours, is it a linear total, or is there some deduction or non-linear calculation that happens when stringing batteries in parallel?

Again Thanks to all..... And a special "Thanks" out to Dave (Zydeco)!

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