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Old 19-06-2021, 16:16   #1
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Which inverter to buy

I知 going to be adding an inverter to my system. Any suggestions on brand and model? I知 looking for a 2000-3000 watt, pure sine wave inverter. Preferably one who痴 output offers terminals, instead of the standard A/C outlets.
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Re: Which inverter to buy

We have been very happy with our Magnum Energy Inverter/Charger with the added ME-ARC remote control unit.

The pure sine output is clean and the unit seems to be bullet proof. We've had every possible weird electrical snafu that you can think of both with the shore power supply and the ship's DC power. The Magnum detects the weirdness, and copes with it.
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Old 19-06-2021, 17:39   #3
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I知 going to be adding an inverter to my system. Any suggestions on brand and model? I知 looking for a 2000-3000 watt, pure sine wave inverter. Preferably one who痴 output offers terminals, instead of the standard A/C outlets.
First only pure sine inverter...

Depends on your Budget:
Top notch, known, worldwide spare parts and expensive: Victron (preferred) Phnix or Multiplus or equivalent Mastervolt

Top notch and best value for money: Samlex

https://www.donrowe.com/samlex-evo-3...p/evo-3012.htm

Very reliable plus Budget: Giandel

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CTGJ46T...language=en_US

Suggest to go for a big inverter 3500-4000W and use it to max 60-80%. First if it痴 getting hot it痴 power capability is reducing and 2nd any electronics used at full or close to full rating decreases the life span drastically.

Nearly forgot one (my 2nd one installed: a Victron Multiplus 12-3000 runs everything 220V besides galley and the tip Edecoa which runs my whole electric galley and sees regularly high loads)
Edecoa: Cheap and good especially for electric galley but has a Quality issue: means their quality end control is bad...if you unpack, it runs and longer then 3 month you got a good reliable one that will last years and takes very high loads shorttermed (good for induction cooking due cosi pi tolerant and takes bursts of power, real 3500W permanent and 7000 peak for 350Euro), if not exchange till you get a good one...that痴 why I suggest to buy via Amazon. https://www.amazon.de/spannungswandl...116031&sr=8-20
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Re: Which inverter to buy

I would look at spending just a bit more for a Victron. They are packed with features and very reliable. Sine-wave power of course but also extremely conservative specs. The 2000 watt can do 4000 watts for brief periods such as an air conditioner compressor start. They even come with a 5 year replacement warranty - far longer than the others.

I'd also think about stepping up to a Victron Multi Plus inverter/charger either the 2000 watt or the 3000 watt. Because inverters and chargers have almost exactly the same parts inside there's little difference in price. Even the installation wiring is about the same.

Having a 2nd charger is always a good idea and you can run both together to charge faster.

https://www.victronenergy.com/invert...48v-800va-3kva
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Re: Which inverter to buy

Looking at the 4000w Giandel for ~$580 US.

I have a pair of 30a panels I壇 like to run this into. Right now I have a switch allowing me to choose between shore power and the generator. I知 hoping to add the inverter as a third option.

You値l have to excuse my ignorance. I知 not sure how to get the inverter痴 output into my A/C panels using the Giandel痴 4 outlet plugs. I was hoping for something who's output used electrical terminals instead of "home-style" outlets, but most everything I'm seeing is like this Giandel.

(Thanks to CaptainRivet for the detailed suggestions)
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Always buy a sine wave inverter. It is more efficient and some devices, particularly if they contain electronics will not be happy and could get damaged using a square or Quasi sinewave inverter.
You don't say what your voltage is. If you are running a 12v input then you will be using in excess of 250amps at 3000W and your batteries are being abused if you keep that up for too long. At 24v input, you will be using half that but it is still a lot for a battery bank. If you are just using a coffee maker for 5 minutes then all will be well, but if you are heating up the water tank for an hour then that will really be caning the batteries.
Most proprietary makes are OK. Just choose one which has the features which you like and need, and that you can easily get serviced or attended to in the event of problems.
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Re: Which inverter to buy

I have used a Magnum Energy Inverter/charger for the last 11 years on our 38' Horstman Tristar! It has been Bullitt proof. The separate read out instrument lets you place it on the interior or at a dry helm to control all functions. More expensive but has been a great long term investment. The customer service has still been great after 11 years.
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Yes to pure sine wave only. I installed a 2000watt initially and it wouldn't run my microwave. Changed it out for a 3000watt and all is well. I have an AIMS which wasn't horribly expensive and has been faultless for over 4 years.
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If this is your first inverter installation I would remind you to get one with internal transfer switch or if that's not possible you can add an external automatic transfer switch. Allows shore or generator power to pass through to the AC panel when available, bypassing the inverter automatically and configuring ground connections properly.
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