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Xantrex is a world leader in advanced power electronics & electric parts , enabling delivery of electricity anytime anywhere.

We focus on the Renewable and Mobile markets.

Xantrex - power electronics and electric boat parts

Powerpacks, inverters, backup power for Boat and Yacht.

With Xantrex products, you can check your emails, listen to music, watch a DVD microwave food anywhere and more you need to be. And if you’ve run out of power, you don’t have to start up a noisy generator that’ll wake up the neighbors.


Xantrex also offers a complete Full line of power electric/electronics boat accessories including remote controls, battery monitors, fuses, and battery combiners.


Products:

Duracell® 2 AMP Battery Maintainer
Duracell® Battery Charger - 15 AMP
Duracell® Battery Chargers - 6 AMP & 12 AMP
Duracell® Emergency Car Starter
Duracell® Instant Jumpstart System
Truecharge 10 & 10TB - 90-135 VAC, 50/60 Hz
TRUECHARGE2 Battery Chargers
XC Battery Chargers - 12V & 24V
XPower Battery Chargers - 120 VAC/50-60 Hz


-Solar Inverters Wind, Converters Inverters,
-Inverter/Chargers, Portable & Backup, Power Backup Power
-Battery Chargers & Jump, Starters, Converters Charge -Controllers, Accessories

Contacts:

Corporate Operations

8999 Nelson Way

Burnaby, BC

Canada V5A 4B5

General Tel: 604.422.8595

General Fax: 604.420.1591

More US Office Locations:

Elkhart, IN

Livermore, CA

Sales – Europe
Xantrex Technology S.L
Bac de Roda, 52, edificio A
08019 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93.433.8350
Fax. +34 93.433.8351

Email: europesales@xantrex.com

Xantrex Technology GmbH
Justus-von-Liebig-Str. 7
12489 Berlin
Germany

Main: (+49) 30 6392 4242
Fax: (+49) 30 6392 4256

http://www.xantrex.com

Bridging the AC Gap


CHARGING TO SPEC


When you need more juice to supply your boat¹s DC loads consider installing a battery charger.


Battery charger during installation.

Note that additional AC and DC case grounding wires are not installed yet.

It¹s almost a given these days that most vessels will have a plethora of electricity hungry goodies onboard from an anchor windless to extensive cabin lighting and electronic navigation devices. Advances in inverter design have allowed many to enjoy the convenience of AC power without the expense and installation problems of a genset.

All of these modern day wonders have one thing in common -the need for DC power and lots of it. Large battery banks and a means to recharge them are required to get the most from your onboard electrical system. Even vessels with modest power requirements need a safe and convenient means to recharge batteries. Aside from an engine-driven alternator, most boat owners add additional charging capacity in the form of an AC battery charger to meet this need.


"I had determined that a dual battery bank configuration would work best. Bank one is the house bank dedicated to all DC loads on the boat with the exception of starting the engines. It consists of two 6-volt Trojan, deep cycle, lead acid batteries wired in series with a capacity of 400 amp-hours. Bank two is the engine-starting bank, consisting of two Group 27, lead-acid batteries and is dedicated to starting the twin engines. Battery switches allow me to cross connect the banks to allow the engines to be started with the house bank and the starting bank to supply the house loads. A high-output alternator on the starboard engine recharges the house bank, while a stock alternator on the port engine charges the engine bank". said K. McGoldrick

Note: Working with AC power is dangerous, especially on a boat with confined workspace that is surrounded by water. If you have any reservation about what you are doing, hire a competent marine electrician (ABYC-certified is best). Use this article to review your installation with your electrician before work starts to be sure your boat will stand up to a compliance survey when the time comes.

How to Choose an inverter

The operation

The operation of an inverter is sometimes misunderstood even by boat owners who have had them aboard for years. Often thought of as the opposite of a converter, or battery charger, inverters take the 12-volt direct current (DC) out of the ship’s batteries, changing it into the 120-volt alternating current (AC) that operates most household appliances. But where converters take a little bit of shoreside power and turn it into a lot of battery charging capacity, inverters gobble a lot of battery capacity and turn it into a little bit of household power.

Inverter Selection

This is not to say that inverters are not worthwhile. The ability to enjoy your boat may involve operating the TV, computer, blender, microwave, hairdryer, or other comfort and convenience items while away from the dock, only you and your crew can find an answer to that equation. Even boats with motor generators often have an inverter installed so that they don’t have to spoil the tranquility of a peaceful anchorage in order to make a cup of tea.

The inverters can also serve as a safety device for long-distance voyages or cruisers who inhabit more remote waters. Power tools that would normally have been left ashore can be used with an inverter, turning an emergency situation into a quick repair.

Drills, saber saws, grinders, sewing machines and vacuum cleaners can make short work out of large jobs. In addition, many of today’s safety items run on rechargeable batteries. The mobile phone, handheld GPS or VHF, and many searchlights and flashlights can have their power replaced by an inverter while underway.

Selection

Inverters overheat if used continuously at their maximum capacity. Choose an inverter with at least 15 percent more capacity than the base amount of wattage you have calculated. There is little difference in price between a 1,500 watt and 2,000 watt inverter, and you may find that your crew wants to run the computer while you watch the movie.

The first step in choosing an inverter is to know exactly what you intend to operate from it. Make a list of appliances that will run from the inverter and write the wattage down from the appliance label on each. If you will run only one item at a time, use the largest wattage on your list as your base size.

If you will operate several appliances at the same time, such as the TV, VCR and popcorn popper, add their wattages together to get your base amount. Don’t forget any appliances that you do not yet own but want to add in the future.

Xantrex offers a large selection of quality 12V Inverter models from 1000 to 3000 Max. Cont. Watts

Freedom HF Model

Freedom SW Model

to see the comparison chart visit here.


Make sure that you are purchasing the proper input and output voltages and cycle. Almost all inverters sold in the US have 12-volt input, but they are available for 24 and 32-volt ship’s systems as well. Likewise, almost all US inverters are designed to put out 120-volt power at 60 cycles per second whereas European models usually are built at 240 volts at 50 cycles. Make sure you have the correct model before you install it as serious electrical problems will result from an error.

Since some of the circuitry for a converter, or battery charger, is similar to an inverter, it’s only logical that some manufacturers would package the two together. These combination inverter/chargers often have powerful multi-stage battery chargers with an automatic switch that changes the mode of the unit depending on whether it is plugged into 120-volt power source. Inverters with a built-in battery charger are a good choice for most boaters as they simplify installation and upgrade the charging capacity. Be sure that the model you choose has re-settable circuit breakers on both the 12-volt and 120-volt circuits. Very desirable are self-protection features on better inverters, over- and under-voltage, over heating and over loading should all shut the inverter down automatically for safety’s sake.

Controls

Most inverters are installed in out-of-the way locations, making their operation difficult if the only controls and gauges are located on the front panel. As a result, most inverter manufacturers offer a range of remote control heads from a simple

On-Off switch to integrated computers that can monitor and control the entire ship’s electrical system. When purchasing an inverter, learn which remote control panels are available, decide which suits your needs and purchase it at the same time as the main unit.

Inverter operation will only be enjoyable if the boat’s batteries and electrical system are capable of absorbing the additional drain.