Is this Xantrex a charger or a charger/inverter? If it is a charger, it can't run the inverter...
I have turned my notebook away from the charger so that it can't read this thread (it is really clever). It has been working OK for 4 months now and I don't want it to find out that it can't
It is a charger, not a charger/inverter and despite contrary opinion, it does run an inverter. In fact the inverter it runs is a Xantrex Freedom 25. Why don't I run the inverter/charger directly off mains? Because it's a 110V, 60hz unit and I'm on 220v 50hz supply.
The charger has the ability to put out a constant 50 amps. When the batteries are fully charged and the inverter calls for power (an appliance is switched on), the power drawn by the inverter comes directly from the charger.
How do I know this? I have a Xantrex Link 20 battery monitoring system that shows no draw from the batteries and the display panel of the charger tells me how much current is being drawn by the inverter.
The Xantrex dealer tells me that only if the draw from the inverter exceeds 50 amps (not done that yet) will it draw the excess from the battery bank. Naturally, if the charger is not providing any juice, all of the draw comes from the batteries.
Moving on . . .
My alternators are 85 amps, engine mounted and 160 amps, mounted on a seperate bracket off the front of the engine. As far as I know, they charge the starter and windlass batteries and directly into the house bank respectively.
What do you mean by a battery combiner (a 1-ALL-2 switch?) and WTH is an echo charger?