Originally Posted by twistedtree
Hopefully we can avoid this becoming another Xantrex rant thread....but 4-5 years ago Xantrex came out with their XW family
of inverter/chargers, solar
chargers, monitors, etc. It was to replace the Trace SW inverter
line that they got when they bought Trace about 15 years ago. That part of Xantrex was bought my Schneider Electric
a few years ago, so it is no longer part of Xantrex. As an aside, the guys who founder Trace went off an started Outback Power after the Xantrex acquisition.
The Schneider/Xantrex XW line is primarily targeted to land power systems. It is not consumer grade crap. I've been using one to power my house (off grid solar) for the past 5 years and it has worked really well. There is integrated remote control, automatic generator
start/stop control, remote alarm
My question is whether anyone has used one of these in a marine
application? I know some of the larger trawlers have been using the older Trace SW products for years, but they are no longer available.
My opinion, and my opinion only:
The biggest difference in land based electronics
, and marine based electronics
are the actual PCB's contained within them.
Land based PCB's (printed circuit boards) are built and put into whatever device they were intended for.
Marine based PCB's are built, and usually have an anti-corrosion sealing compound sprayed on them to prevent corrosion
They can actually be the same product, but the marine version will be much higher in price
. Not because the extra step cost that much, just because people will pay for it.
Some companies will sell the two identical products with no difference, but those marine products will fail within 5 years (especially in a salt water
And no, it is not always simple enough to take the case off and coat the board with a corrosion
preventative compound. If that were the situation, that is what I would do. There are thermal considerations on some parts
, and those parts
would be higher grade and not get coated, or get a thermal dissipating type coating.
It all depends on how long you think the item will last or be useful, or think the device should last your lifetime, which usually isn't the case anyway.
Just remember, the device will fail (no matter land or marine specs), just when you need it.