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pianotuna

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Hi KD4UPL,

I thought Magnum was great but after mine caught on fire.....

I do admit to pushing it HARD. But I never over loaded it if you believe the specifications.

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Magnum is a solid unit but probably on the lower end as far as features. Outback is nearly indestructible and has some fancier programming options. I have no experience with Victron.



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KD4UPL wrote:

Magnum is a solid unit but probably on the lower end as far as features. Outback is nearly indestructible and has some fancier programming options. I have no experience with Victron.



Magnum is low end, using what scale?

It's old technology, does that make it low end, or make it "stick with what works?"


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GordonThree,

KD4UPL said low end on features--not on quality. He fixes inverters and the like so has a better idea than most of us about what parts are inside.

The fact he has not seen a Victron and loves Outback is to be listened to.

I think Victron is far older than Magnum. Nice big fat transformers, etc.

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I have one of the smaller hybrid Magnums and love it. Hybrid means it's a Charger/Inverter. they are designed to charge the batteries from solar panels or from the electrical grid.


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allen8106 wrote:

I have one of the smaller hybrid Magnums and love it. Hybrid means it's a Charger/Inverter. they are designed to charge the batteries from solar panels or from the electrical grid.


From the Magnum manual:

Why is the MSH-M Series a “Hybrid”? Most inverters only use one source of energy to power the inverter loads—either from the incoming AC power (i.e., shorepower or generator) or from the batteries. The MSH-M Series combines the energy from both the AC input and the batteries to power the inverter loads. This feature gives the inverter the ability to recharge the battery when there is surplus power, or to deliver more power to the loads if they require more than the AC input can supply by itself.

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Hi,

Hybrid does not refer to charging from solar panels. Nor does it mean it is an inverter/charger--but all hybrids would be inverter chargers.

allen8106 wrote:

I have one of the smaller hybrid Magnums and love it. Hybrid means it's a Charger/Inverter. they are designed to charge the batteries from solar panels or from the electrical grid.


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KD4UPL wrote:

Magnum is a solid unit but probably on the lower end as far as features.


Sir,

We do not boondock whatsoever; we travel from pedestal-to-pedestal, (and remove batteries place on a Deltran battery tender during the winter.)

The RV uses a Progressive 9280 with integral "Charge wizard" for battery charging.

We currently operate using a Magnum CSW2012-X Pure Sine Wave Inverter
(2000W) with remote monitor. Thus far it has worked flawlessly; it is used for the residential reefer while driving. It is not a battery charger type inverter.

My question is, in the event of inverter failure/replacement needed, do you have any recommendations for a similarly sized/featured pure sine inverter (inverter only, no battery charging needed)?

(I prefer to perform my research before a need arises.)


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Hi Planning,

2000 watts is "over kill" for running a residential fridge. I doubt the Magnum will fail.

1000 watts should be just fine. Samlex is a good name. https://www.amazon.com/Samlex-SSW-1000-1........ateway&sprefix=samlex%2Caps%2C254&sr=8-8

Victron makes a nice 1200 watt PSW unit: https://www.amazon.com/Victron-Energy-In........inverter&qid=1563427574&s=gateway&sr=8-4

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi Planning,

2000 watts is "over kill" for running a residential fridge. I doubt the Magnum will fail.


Yes, I knew when I specified the size it was larger than needed. The one thing I like about overkill is that it always kills [emoticon]

I am thankful for your confidence in the robustness of it.

I would prefer to stay at the 2000w capability, with the same features as the existing (remote monitor panel, integral transfer switching, A/C pass through, etc).

Do those companies make comparable models with that feature package?

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Yes both companies do. But there may be a significant price jump.

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