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RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

I will do more test and check system where the low shut off is, might even set it to default, not sure where its at, maybe I can get this working right again, who knows.. Got to go for now..
timmac 02/14/15 08:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

If your Vbatt did actually drop .13v, from just 20 seconds of microwave use, then that's a loss of about 22 Ah's on a 200Ah bank. That seems highly unlikely, seeing as 1600w/120v = 13.33a x 10 = 133Ah's per hour x .00555 hours = 0.74Ah's. ... So it was definitely surface charge being burned off. Yes maybe I should have let the surface charge settle down, I do believe my new batts sit at about 12.90 after surface charge is done, it has a 85 watt solar panel that keeps it at this voltage. I even think now it might have read 13 volts on tester at time of micro wave testing, I was not really looking at that was just checking how low the batts go during micro use and checking to see if any voltage loss between batts and inverter.
timmac 02/14/15 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Do your batts usually have a resting ocv of 13.3v, or is that surface charge from just turning off the charger? "Test 1 : After shutting the main electric off and running on batts only the batts read 13.3 volts on meter, " On what meter? A handheld multimeter, or the inverters display? "even at the solar controller panel, measured at back of inverter the same reading 13.3 volts," It is normal to see Vbatt at inverter output, and throughout the entire circuit, when there's no draw. "so after test the batts voltage went back to 12.90 volts," How long after? It can take a minute or so to rebound. Loosing .13v in just 20 seconds sounds like it may have been burning off some surface charge. And have you compared various meters/displays for accuracy? "We did another test with micro wave and voltage again dropped to 12.60 but than inverter kicked off only after 4 seconds and cooling fan on inverter kicked on" What was Vbatt after 2nd microwave run? Hand held meter and yes check right after shutting down main power, also not sure what the batts read after second test but it did not go below 12.60 because inverter kicked off but I believe I did see the solar panel and it said 12.90 before turning main power back on. Volts came back fast on hand held meter. I am going to check the low volt shut off where its at.
timmac 02/14/15 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Well I just did the test and here is the results.. Test 1 : After shutting the main electric off and running on batts only the batts read 13.3 volts on meter, even at the solar controller panel, measured at back of inverter the same reading 13.3 volts, also measured my wire length and its 4 feet exact. Test 2 : Set microwave to run for 20 seconds while reading back of inverter the voltage dropped to 12.67 volts as to tester, it never went under that and the microwave made it the whole 20 seconds, usually cuts off at 8 seconds, so after test the batts voltage went back to 12.90 volts, Test 3 : We did another test with micro wave and voltage again dropped to 12.60 but than inverter kicked off only after 4 seconds and cooling fan on inverter kicked on. Am I correct the inverter should Not shut off even with more than 12.5 volts on batts.. Also as I am typing this I have the main power back on and the inverter is on standby, usally I have to shut the inverter off because it wont go on standby but right now it is but maybe a hour from now it will kick off and sometimes throw my GFI.. So you think I don't know what I am doing, my inverter is not acting like it use to.. Time for a new one..
timmac 02/14/15 06:16pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

Well I just did the test and here is the results.. Test 1 : After shutting the main electric off and running on batts only the batts read 13.3 volts on meter, even at the solar controller panel, measured at back of inverter the same reading 13.3 volts, also measured my wire length and its 4 feet exact. Test 2 : Set microwave to run for 20 seconds while reading back of inverter the voltage dropped to 12.67 volts as to tester, it never went under that and the microwave made it the whole 20 seconds, usually cuts off at 8 seconds, so after test the batts voltage went back to 12.90 volts, Test 3 : We did another test with micro wave and voltage again dropped to 12.60 but than inverter kicked off only after 4 seconds and cooling fan on inverter kicked on. Am I correct the inverter should Not shut off even with more than 12.5 volts on batts.. Also as I am typing this I have the main power back on and the inverter is on standby, usally I have to shut the inverter off because it wont go on standby but right now it is but maybe a hour from now it will kick off and sometimes throw my GFI.. So you think I don't know what I am doing, my inverter is not acting like it use to.. Time for a new one.. Thank You for your time..
timmac 02/14/15 06:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Can't tell you the best but I can tell you that I'm on my third 2000 watt xantrex. Saw that they are now made in China??? Well that might be a step up in its quality. I would have any other brand but the extended warranty insists on replacing with same brand/unit as what was installed originally. Xantrex is junk. Yep been reading this as of late, lots of issues with this brand.
timmac 02/14/15 05:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

timmac, The problems I have seen and heard about are typically the result of a poor installation and/or insufficient battery capacity. Based on your description, the problems you are experiencing are a result of low voltage to the inverter. Either you wiring is too small, too long, your batteries cannot provide sufficient current without sagging (I suspect that it is a combination of all three). Hoping to operate a ~1500W load (e.g. microwave) from a pair of cheap Group 31 FLA batteries without the inverter shutting down is wishful thinking. If you only have room for two batteries, consider two Group 31 AGM's (e.g. Lifeline or Odyssey). More (or larger) batteries is better. Cheers, -MS That is the 2 batts I put in 31 group AGM Durcell Platinum deep cycle, I now have 200 amp hrs, more amps than I did with the 34 group batts, yes I now know the wire feed needs to be larger but at one time it did run my microwave with the smaller batts but it no longer does, that is also not my only problem now, the inverter even shuts off sometimes for no reason, the book says I can hook to power and the inverter will power down, it no longer does this, it trips off, even sometimes it takes out my GFI, maybe I was not posting correct all my issues, maybe I will try 4/0 wire and see what happens but I also suspect the invertor it self is gone bad. What all the people posting here don't know when I bought this RV almost 2 years ago this system was already in RV and working fine for almost a year than troubles started, since the batts were small and older I thought new stronger better batts would have fixed my problems but it has not.
timmac 02/14/15 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

, your link also shows the many problems with the Xantrex Prosine inverters.That article doesn't mention Prosine anywhere. In the article, read below, it says Xantrex, guess what they also make the Prosine.. Later I suggested to somebody that a Xantrex replacement for this might be good for them. Guess what, the newer Xantrex X-Power inverters (which are made in China) shut off at 15V. This changed at some point in time, earlier units worked at over 16V. I had a 400 watt unit of theirs with a 16.5V limit that we used for small loads for a while until it started to have run away output voltage problems.
timmac 02/14/15 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

If budget was of no concern, I would say Magnum Energy is the best inverter brand out there. There are many manufacturers out there to chose from, but a more important question I think would be, what are your needs? Thanks will take a look at that brand, I don't need a very high end inverter, 2500 watts will work just fine and a good quality unit that is pure sine at a low cost.
timmac 02/14/15 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

A simple measurement will tell you everything you need to know..and this thread is now closed until you check the voltage.The OP has started another thread soliciting suggestions for a new inverter. Apparently, without doing anything we said, and reading Amazon reviews, he has concluded his Pro is defective. Go figure. I see how people say I don't know my inverter does not know its history, when I bought this used RV about 2 years ago it worked fine, ran microwave and everything, but as time went buy it started to have issues, mostly in the past few months, the batts were older and not holding charge like it did 2 years ago so I just replaced the batts with 2 100 amp hr batts that give me 200 amp hrs now, more than the other batts but the inverter is still acting up when running the microwave, why did it work fine before with smaller batts and wires but never got better with higher amp batts, yes I could increase the wires and see what happens but with so many other complaints out there about this inverter I might as well replace it along with new 4/0 wires.
timmac 02/14/15 11:24am Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

I don't know how you charge your batteries, but you may want to check out this article. I have a 85 watt solar panel and 5500 watt generator, your link also shows the many problems with the Xantrex Prosine inverters.
timmac 02/14/15 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

If you're that smart, why are you asking questions and ignoring or debating answers from some of the smartest folks on this forum? All you know is what you are reading on amazon and have zero clue whats really going on. How can you bet on something you clearly know nothing about? If i didn't know better (and i dont), I'd say you were trolling Not just Amazon has bad reviews, I am a boater and on boating forums many have bought this unit and had nothing but bad results from it, the company will not even fix it anymore, they just offer a discount if you buy another one, what does that say about them, many also have reported the company sold off to a China company and the quality has gone out the door. When I bought this motorhome almost 2 years ago it work fine, little issues, but after replacing the batts with higher amp hr the inverter is still not working correct, yes larger 4/0 wires would be great but why invest in new wires now when I suspect its the cheap high priced inverter that's the problem, when I find that right unit I will replace my wires to 4/0 at that time..
timmac 02/14/15 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: Interior of Our Coaches

http://rvtravel.com/blog/chuck/uploaded_images/fancy-749665.jpg Looking at your sig I see its not yours and that's a good thing because that interior makes me want to puke up my dinner.. :E
timmac 02/13/15 11:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter but not a Prosine, 2000 to 2500 watts, good quality low price.. It appears my Procine 2.0 is my problem and from the complaints on Amazon and boating forums that use them all say they are high price junk..so you've finally taken a voltage measurement at the input of the inverter as suggested over 3 pages on your other post? You know tomorrow I will check but I bet a thousand bucks its reads fine, besides the inverter panel says everything is fine and has good readings, the inverter itself I believe is the issue since so many others with the same is having issues..
timmac 02/13/15 10:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Found this one, half the price of prosine http://www.invertersrus.com/thor-thps-2000-12.html And this one, under $1000 for 2500 watts http://www.invertersrus.com/cotek-sd2500-1121.html
timmac 02/13/15 08:36pm Tech Issues
Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter

Whats a Good Brand for a Inverter but not a Prosine, 2000 to 2500 watts, good quality low price.. It appears my Procine 2.0 is my problem and from the complaints on Amazon and boating forums that use them all say they are high price junk..
timmac 02/13/15 08:18pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

I've taken a few of the Prosine2.0's apart for repairs One had a few (actually four) of the FET's completely fried blow to pieces - The unit still functioned but with radically reduced inverter capability Do you get any error codes on the remote? Low buss voltage - translates to blow FETs in many cases $20.00 in parts and a few hours the unit is back in great shape I get no error code, the invertor just shuts down, now that I think about it sometimes while driving the invertor just shuts off for no reason, for those that asked the batts are new and good strong connections, I think my prosine is just having the same problems I am now reading about on other forums and Amazon. Would like to know how you can check those blowing FETs and where to get them, seems a cheap fix or just throw this high priced junk as many have claimed into the trash bin and start over with a different brand.
timmac 02/13/15 08:04pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

Well besides upgrading my wires to 4/0 I think I have found another problem, this is the same invertor that I have that is for sale on Amazon and look at the Customer Reviews that have this type, no one is happy, its doing the same as mine crashing, not able to power high watt loads, I even have to shut mine down during hooking up to power when it says in manual I don't need to.. Maybe new 4/0 wires and a better quality invertor.. Here's the link, look at the many complaints, no one is happy with this high priced brand. http://www.amazon.com/Xantrex-Prosine-Inverter-Charger-Interface/dp/B000FHQKGQ
timmac 02/13/15 06:01pm Tech Issues
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

Just check the cables at it reads 1/0 on them, seem very thickWell, it's becoming more obvious you have not read the owner's manual. It calls for 4/0 cables. According to what I read the smaller number on cable means its a larger cable, so the 4/0 would be to small, I think your wrong. Well your right, the 4/0 is larger than the 1/0, strange it works in the opposite when talking about gauge, 2 gauge is bigger than 4 gauge but when talking about 1/0 to 4/0 its the other way around.. Confusing. :h
timmac 02/13/15 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential Refrigerator vs Propane/110 volt RV Type

Lastly, many with large coaches are tired of the issues they've had with the larger A/C - propane refers. They just don't cool well. Now for those who will come on and tell everyone how well their propane refer works and keeps things cold, please show us a photo of your refer thermometer after a six hour drive on a 100 plus degree day and a 85-90 degree overnight temps. . Do it every summer here in Vegas and my gas refer keeps my beer nice and cold.
timmac 02/13/15 05:20pm Class A Motorhomes
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