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Old 19-12-2013, 09:13   #1
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Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

Anyone know if a Xantrex Freedom inverter/charger (2500) that is spec'd at 110v/60hertz will work with a stepdown transformer and 50 hertz?
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

I'd suggest finding and reading the manual to get the most accurate answer.
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

I ran my Freedom 2000 on 50 cycles for years with no ill effects. However, I programmed the inverter/charger to limit the shorepower current to 15 amps.
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

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I'd suggest finding and reading the manual to get the most accurate answer.
The manual says what the device is spec'd for 60. As I stated 60 cycles. I asked if anyone has tried it on 50 hertz to see if it will work. I would never have thought to find and read the manual
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I ran my Freedom 2000 on 50 cycles for years with no ill effects. However, I programmed the inverter/charger to limit the shorepower current to 15 amps.
With the device limited to 15amps and using 50 hertz, does the transfer switch and the charger work?
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

The Sterling battery chargers are dual 60/50Hz
Their largest is a 60A DC unit with all the bells and whistles for $449
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

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The Sterling battery chargers are dual 60/50Hz
Their largest is a 60A DC unit with all the bells and whistles for $449
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I want to nurse a few more years out of my current unit. Then it will be upgrade time and boat buck spending time. I need a 100-120amp +/- charger unit and an inverter.
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

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The manual says what the device is spec'd for 60. As I stated 60 cycles. I asked if anyone has tried it on 50 hertz to see if it will work. I would never have thought to find and read the manual

Sorry, Nothing personal. Unfortunately a lot of people ask questions like this and don't think to read the manual.

I don't know that specific model, but if it's an inverter/charger then the answer is most likely No. All the inverter chargers that I've seen qualify the incoming AC before throwing the bypass relay and switching to charge mode. The qualification criteria includes checking to be sure the frequency is within a reasonable tolerance of the 60hz design goal. +/- 2 to 3 hz it typical. So unless the incoming power is between 57 and 63 hz (just an example), the inverter/charger will ignore it.

A dedicated charger, on the other hand, will typically work fine on 60 or 50 hz.
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Re: Will a Xantrex Freedom charger work at 50 cycles?

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I want to nurse a few more years out of my current unit. Then it will be upgrade time and boat buck spending time. I need a 100-120amp +/- charger unit and an inverter.
The inverter section will work fine, no change it operates off the batteries.
The charger is built for 60Hz, the transformer is undersized to operate at 50Hz and will run a little warmer, but otherwise it should be OK.
I don't have experience with your particular charger, however I have been running a Xantrex mariner 3012 inverter charger on 50Hz for the last 5 years without problem.
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With the device limited to 15amps and using 50 hertz, does the transfer switch and the charger work?
Yes and yes--it only charges at 50 amps, but that's plenty for a boat which is used to living on the hook. I decided to derate it because I figured it might run too hot at 50 hertz.
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