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Old 05-19-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hi all I have another question about my new to me coach. This is the first MH I have had with an inverter/charger installed. I have looked through the owners manual and can't find the answer to my question. I have an 1800 watt xantrex inverter/charger, does the unit have to be powered on to charge the batteries? What I am asking is if I start the genset or plug into shore power will it charge the batteries or do I need to power it up first? I know it a simple question but my google fu is not working today and the lady at customer service was unsure. Thanks for the help, again.
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I dont know your coach but on mine if power ( shore or generator) the batterys will be charged i have had three coachs and all worked that way good luck Mike
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Would need to know the Xantrex model to be sure, but most Xantrex inverter/chargers always have the charger function active, even when the inverter itself is "Off".

The normal operating mode is "no intervention required".
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Thanks I thought it was charging but just wanted to be sure. Oh and the inverter is the 1800 freedom HF inverter/charger. Thanks again!
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Everybody has their own way of operating. I used to leave mine turned on and it would go into standby when not on battery power. I don't anymore for 2 reasons; if the CG loses power I want to know it before I drain my batteries and the second is I hate waking up to the sound and smell of burning electrics! I didn't know digital control electric blankets don't like MSW inverters but I found out last winter when the power in the park went out in the middle of the night. My batteries are being charged with the inverter function turned off.


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Whenever shore or generator power is present, the Freedom HF 1800 always provides battery charging current, based on battery state-of-charge. The On/Off button controls only the inverter function, i.e. producing 120v power from the batteries. If the inverter function is ON when shore or generator power is present, the inverter goes into stand-by mode and all power comes from the 120v input circuit. If shore/generator power is lost while the inverter is ON, it immediately starts inverting to supply 120v to its output circuit(s).

If you don't have an owner manual for the Freedom HF and its remote display panel, you can download them from here:
Owners Guide & Troubleshooting
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Xantrex makes/made several models in that size..

Now: Some (mine) have remote panels.. IF they are receiving "Shore/Generator" power then the switch physically ON the invrter (if you have one) Must be on.. More on that later

And on the control panel the CHARGER must be enabled. (mine is not, but that's a subject for another time.. I use it as a backup).

LIkewise if power fails in order for it to make power the master switch (On unit) Must be on,, In fact for any power to pass it's relays that switch must be on.

And the INVRTER switch on the control panel must be enabled.

Some models do not have the master switch
Some have only the master switch
Some do/do not have remote panels (Control panels).

Without knowing the model of yours.. that is all i can type.
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Everything about your inverters operation is in the owners manual in Garys link. If you think what you need is not in the manual, reread the manual. I suppose I've re-read mine 6-8 times in the last 2 years.
The remote display has function selections for the battery charger on/off, and the inverter on/off. There are also push-buttons on the face of the inverter.
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