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Old 07-03-2017, 12:35   #31
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Re: Inverter vs. Inverter/charger and which brand

I have been overjoyed with the victron equipment I have installed on the boat:
300w 110v inverter only for nav station
1200w 110v inverter only for general outlets on the boat
8000w Quattro 24v inverter charger for charging and load sharing

No trouble with any of it and great customer support

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Old 07-03-2017, 12:59   #32
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Re: Inverter vs. Inverter/charger and which brand

If you have 30 amp shore service "power boost" units are IMHO a significant advantage. If you are not familiar with this they work this way. Let's say you pulled into a marina and plugged in to shore power with low batteries. It will normally be in the charge mode and start charging your batteries. Now say you have an air conditioner that you turn on. If the start current is high the unit will reduce the amount of current going to the batteries until the current falls to the point that there is enough power available to run the AC unit ant the battery charger. So now with these loads running and you want to use the microwave . If the start current is higher than 30 amps the inverter charger will use energy from the battery to boost the current until demand falls to less than 30 amps. At that point it will go back to charging as much as it can without exceeding 30 amps from the shore power. Really a terrific feature for my boat as without it I would have converted my boat to a 50 amp system.
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Old 07-03-2017, 13:07   #33
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Re: Inverter vs. Inverter/charger and which brand

Yes, I'm sure that unit's 3000/6000w is less than the likes of Victron. But doesn't mean not good value for folks on a budget.
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Old 07-03-2017, 14:37   #34
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Re: Inverter vs. Inverter/charger and which brand

Anyone have info on this chinese version. Aims.

https://www.amazon.com/AIMS-Power-PI...f_rd_i=desktop
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Old 07-03-2017, 15:35   #35
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I thought AIMS was made in Nevada?

For the money, probably fine, google says they're pretty good handling the defective ones, their factory QA apparently not perfect.

So nothing like the top-tier vendors of course.
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