Originally Posted by MSB44
Thanks for the suggestion. I actually already have one of those and it is what I am using for controlling the charge function and invert function now. That way I don't have to empty out and climb into my sail locker to push buttons. I may just have to live with it as is.
Yeah, I would live with it before I would spend $300-500 for a replacement especially for an old design. I would put that $$$ towards a newer design. I have come to dislike combined inverters/chargers. Heart did a reasonably good job considering when he did his design. But there are things to be very careful about with the Freedoms.
Specifically.......DO NOT CHANGE THE BATTERIES while the unit is charging
. Sure, those so called make before break battery switches are supposed to do just that, many times though if turned quickly they DON'T! There is no provision in that design that I could find tracing wires and circuits that will allow current
to free wheel
when the load is interrupted.
I was charging
somewhere around 80 amperes one night while on anchor
. I switched the batteries with a so called make before break battery switch and my FREEDOM 20 BLEW UP!!! The thing actually had flames coming out of it. I screamed for Wifey to get an extinguisher, disconnected the batteries and the AC while the flames died out! No joke!!! Old Smoky is in my basement as I type.
I have a Freedom 10 --24vdc that I purchased new on Ebay for about $250 7-8 years ago. It never sees much of a load, primary application is to charge my windlass
batteries and it also provides AC to my microwave when away from the dock