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My 12 year old Xantrex Prosine 2.0 has finally bit the dust. I used it in 2 RV's and it has served me well. I learned about the Prosine 2.0 on this forum years ago. It was a 2k watt pure sine inverter/charger. I have 4 135ah 6v batteries. What is the similar latest and greatest product today? Thanks for your help.


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Check out the Samlex EVO-2212 inverter/charger/transfer switch. They may be new to RVers, but this company has been around for awhile.

I really like their design because of the simple installation. All connections are made at the inverter/charger/transfer switch.

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Good time to switch to separate components. Then you only diagnose, repair, replace or bypass the piece that failed. I use a stand alone GoPower 2000 watt sine wave inverter.


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After much discussion and advice last year, I decided to go with a separate ATS (automatic transfer switch), even though my Prosine has a built-in transfer switch with the inverter.

I like this for multiple reasons, one of which is not limiting my shore power load to the amperage of the inverter unit.

I can easily use a smallish or largish inverter and with the 30amp ATS I have...get full 30 amps when plugged into shore power or the generator.

I also like the ability to fully control the inverter state, though I've not had experience with using the in-built version [emoticon]

That being said, I'd agree with the above advice- separate components. Might even find a more frugal unit whose pricing went into "inverter components" instead of ATS components [emoticon]

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The only reason for an inverter/charger is if you need the hybrid type. Otherwise stand alone components are more desirable.


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time2roll wrote:

Good time to switch to separate components. Then you only diagnose, repair, replace or bypass the piece that failed. I use a stand alone GoPower 2000 watt sine wave inverter.


Sounds like good advice, thank you. Now let me re-ask the question, What is the latest and greatest charger/converter and the latest and greatest inverter?

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pianotuna wrote:

The only reason for an inverter/charger is if you need the hybrid type. Otherwise stand alone components are more desirable.

While an inverter charger maybe more complex. Are they not easier to wire/install? Is one component cheaper than 2? I'm not very experienced on this subject but I'm learning.
I'm tossing these comments out to the crowd.


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Hi Lantley,

The wiring is essentially the same and in some instances may be easier and shared. I.E. Wire inverter to battery bank, and converter to DC input on inverter.

Inverter/chargers are often more expensive than buying separate components.

The more complex a device the more likely it is to fail. With an inverter/charger failure the trip might end. If just an inverter fails it might be a little inconvenient, but it is not a trip ender. If a converter fails, an ordinary battery charger could be used on a temporary basis to allow the trip to continue.

Because I wanted a large pure sine wave inverter, and a load support feature, I did choose an inverter/charger. Due to a design fault (some one not thinking) the cooling fan on the unit is 120 volt. That means IF the inverter is turned off, and has been under a heavy load for some time, no cooling happens. I did not know that, and so the unit caught on fire. To be fair, they did cover replacement under warranty. But what use would that be on a holiday?

Fortunately I did leave the OEM converter in place, and I do have a generator (which I hate), for 120 volt loads.

It would have been a much better design for them to have used 12 volt fans so that cooling could continue with the inverter turned off--just as happens in many cars with electric radiator fans.

I wanted the load support feature because I misunderstood and thought it was voltage support. If allowed to operate "normally" load support does not keep the voltage up. For that, you need an autoformer (which I have).

If I were starting over, I would jump to a 48 volt dc system with a 4400 watt stand alone inverter. Much as I love the load support feature, I would go back to doing "double conversion" instead of the hybrid inverter/charger. It would be cheaper to do so, and more reliable.

I find myself using my small inverter a lot of the time and the big unit only for short term loads.

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pianotuna wrote:

The only reason for an inverter/charger is if you need the hybrid type. Otherwise stand alone components are more desirable.

While an inverter charger maybe more complex. Are they not easier to wire/install? Is one component cheaper than 2? I'm not very experienced on this subject but I'm learning.
I'm tossing these comments out to the crowd.


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Hi,

Victron is hard to beat. Outback has a good reputation. Magnum may be cheaper and may get the job done.

I now have a 350 watt Victron psw inverter for small loads. It weighs over 8 pounds. It was less than $80. I use my small inverter much more often than the big one.

I can't speak to converters. I can say some inverter/chargers have custom battery settings which means the charging profile can be idealized.

For part time use, a well designed solar charging system blows a converter out of the water as it is a one time cost and can be set up and left alone. Before I was full time, my battery bank was totally full before any trip I took. I added a trick-l-start, so the chassis battery was also maintained.

sandstravels wrote:

Sounds like good advice, thank you. Now let me re-ask the question, What is the latest and greatest charger/converter and the latest and greatest inverter?


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There is a man in Quartsite who fixes Prosines... Alas I do not have his ID handy but hopefully he will read this.

I have heard good things about Samulex.


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