Originally Posted by guestPacer
.... I was looking at the Xantrex HF 1000 or 1800 both have a built in switchers and both charge system...
The problem with most of these China made inverter/chargers is that they are not programmable like the USA made Magnum Energy units.
For example, if you purchase the Trojan T-105 battery, you must charge it to 14.8 volts every cycle and equalize it at 15.5 volts every month in order to properly maintain it. The Xantrex you are looking at can't do this.
Many battery manufacturers have charge requirements that are outside the capability of inverters that simply have a "battery type" switch. I recommend that you choose a programmable charger for best battery life.
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