Xtreme Marine, pulse charging

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Lowthian, Mike says:

    I am considering a new inverter for my 45′ trawler – a Magnum 2812 inverter/charger or an Xantrex 3000 inverter only. My local vendor is recommending the Xantrex because I already have an independent charger which works fine. He is concerned having two chargers on the system may cause trouble? Any advice?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Mike, I think there are some pluses to using a combined inverter/charger. For instance, my Victron MultiPlus 12/2000/80 automatically switches from shore power charging to invert mode so fast that even my AC computer doesn’t notice. With the Victron I can also limit the max draw from a 30a feed to as little as 15a if the shore power is flaky, and it uses less battery power at low inverter loads than my old Xantrex did. Also, and I’m about to try this, the Multi can integrate with a whole family of Victron power control and monitoring products/services. I’m hoping for a better level of awareness about my boat’s battery banks, solar power, etc. than I’ve ever had.


      I’m not saying that Victron should be your choice, but I recommend checking out the major marine brands. Note too that Xantrex was just acquired. I have no idea what that will mean for customers, but change seems possible:


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