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Looks like you'll have to go the eBay route for a replacement. Don't limit yourself to a Link 1000, because the 2000 work them too, not sure if the Link 10 and 20 will do so, but you can check the Xantrex website. Doesn't even appear if they are making the remote panel for the Freedom - maybe. We used our Freedom 15 for many years before I got around to installing our Link 2000, and used the switch on the Freedom for inverter control, but it meant that without a separate switch it would always be charging when we plugged in anywhere, and that the equalization function couldn't be used without the Link.
Your idea of a Link Pro and a separate panel seems the only way to go for complete functionality IF you can find a remote panel for the Freedom - just make sure any newer Freedom panel is compatible with your older Freedom unit.
I checked the Xantrex website and it looks like they have changed design direction and are making their I/C units with handy-dandy "removable" control panels. Seems to mean that either you put it where you can see it, or hide it and not have to buy something extra. That seems, at first glance, like a nice idea. But the devil is always in the details, because the quality of the "removable display" makes its functioning somewhat questionable.
A friend wrote: One thing you need to know about the remote location option of the panel in the XC series charger is that while it can be removed from the main unit, there is no mounting means provided for it except for some rather permanent adhesive backed tape already in place around the periphery of the panel. If you ever want to be able to remove it from a mounting location, you will have to make a backing plate with a cutout to permanently mount the remote panel onto, and then mount the backing plate + remote panel assembly with screws in the corners. Not a very well thought out design detail in my opinion. The lip around the panel is relatively small, and drilling mounting holes in it could result in warranty issues in the future.
Also, Xantrex, since they bought out Cruising Equipment, have NO CLUE about how anything works, and reports are they are not too helpful technically, even if you can get someone who'd talk to you.
Stu Jackson, Catalina 34, 1986, M25 engine, Rocna 10 (22#), Maple Bay, BC, Canada
Last edited by Stu Jackson; 08-09-2010 at 07:57 PM.