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Old 12-18-2007
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I have heard VERY good things about Outback chargers, but I only own a Outback solar charger, so cannot comment on the other. I will say the ONLY reason I did not buy an outback charger/inverter was because it would not fit where I wanted to mount it. THe Xantrex fit perfectly.

I currently have a Xantrex which I have been very happy with (it is actually a Prosine 2.0 Inv/Chg - but I assume it has the same functionality as the charger). I would buy one again without hesitation. You can set the breaker size on your boat so that it is always maximizing the input/output to the batteries without tripping the breaker. You can also set the battery type (including your own charge voltage rate) at the remote on the 2.0. It automatically switches on/off based upon input voltage from dock... not from inverter. I have nothing but positives to say. Of course, again, this is the combo unit and I am making the ASSUMPTION it is the same as the charger.

I realize that Iota has been mentioned. I know Bill Trayfors always recc's them - which carrys a lot of weight.

Catalina pretty much uses Charles. I have no real complaints against them other than I like the functionality of the Xantrex better (the remote, for example and the ability to set the size of the bank and breaker to keep from tripping) and that some of them need to be sent back to the factory to change battery types (wet versus agm/gell).


Now that did not answer your question completely, but if I had to rank them:

1) Outback
2) Xantrex
3) Iota (simply because I do not know enough about them).
4) Charles

THose are my opinions. Hope that helps.

Regards,

- CD
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