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Old 08-26-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Will this inverter/charger work for me?

I found this inverter/charger on craigslist from a lady who found it left behind in a home she purchased. It is a Vanner/Charles IQC12-2600, but it looks like it was built for more of a marine/commercial use. I have the option of purchasing it for a few hundred dollars, but I don't know it would work for a RV/trailer application. Its a 2600 watt inverter/charger, but the manual says the bulk charge on it is 14.4 volts.

Here is the manual for it online:
http://www.vanner.com/wp-content/upl...-IQ12-2600.pdf

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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Lead acid batteries need a bulk and absorption charging rate of 14.8 volts at 80 degrees F to get fully charged. Unfortunately most chargers or inverter/chargers do not do this.
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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Looks to me like the 2.6Kw quasi-sine wave inverter is worth the $'s
As far as a battery charger 14.4Vdc will work fine just take a bit more time
What kind and how many batteries do you have?
Didn't look closely at the specifications regarding efficiently might want to consider a switchable circuit breaker on the input to totally cut power when not in use
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Provided the inverter is in good working order, buy it. According to the specs the charge voltage is adjustable so the 14.4V isn't an issue.

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Inverter OFF 60 ma 60 ma
Inverter ON in Load Demand Mode 160 ma 160 ma
Inverter ON - Load Demand OFF 1.8 amps
It draws 60mils OFF and 160mils in standby, that's not bad.

I would definitely test it before you give her any money. I can't imagine anyone "forgetting" to take it with them, unless they didn't know what it was.
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