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Old 03-22-2023, 11:52 AM   #1
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Replacing Xantrex Freedom XI inverter

Due to a lightning surge, I need to replace my Xantrex Freedom XI 807-2000 inverter. I would like to do this myself so a straight switch or easy switch is preferable. I don't need my inverter often so I am wondering if switching it out for something less expensive is an option because there is a huge price difference on the Best RV Inverters Review Guides and Xantrex is not on any of the lists! I would like to occasionally power a fan at night, charge phones, run a coffee pot or microwave without having to turn on my generator. Anyone have experience with this? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-22-2023, 12:13 PM   #2
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Xantrex maybe is the best. They are used a lot in marine applications. As you are seeing they are not cheap
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Old 03-22-2023, 03:23 PM   #3
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I just remembered, quite a few electronic devices have a diode across the incoming power, it can be a capacitor resistor combination as well . Also internal fuses. You might want to open your inverter up and look, other than processors being fried or a transformer, everything in there is super cheap.
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Old 03-22-2023, 03:31 PM   #4
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I was able to repair mine had soldered fuse I installed external if ever blows again.
Tripplite hardwired 120v/12v used to be an economical choice ,not fancy or fancy controls. Seems they have gone up quite a bit.
A lot of people upgrading have you checked FB marketplace with 100 mi for a used unit.
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Old 03-22-2023, 06:29 PM   #5
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Cheapest place to buy an inverter is https://www.imarineusa.com/
Free shipping for items over $75
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Old 03-22-2023, 07:09 PM   #6
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I replaced my no longer functioning 15 year old Xantrex 2,000 inverter/charger with a Freedom XC Pro 3000 a few years ago. It installed almost like the other one came out, except all the wires go into the same end with the new unit. I made the decision to get another Xantrex just because the old one lasted 15 years before it faulted and could not be repaired. A few years before it finally died, it faulted and I called their support. I was told to remove all electrical input and let it sit for a few days to see if it would restart. It worked.

When it died for good, I called their customer service and spoke with a technician, asked which model would be the easiest replacement size, wiring, etc., for my previous model and bought what they recommended.
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Old 03-22-2023, 08:35 PM   #7
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Xantrex has no user -replaceable parts inside. You will find Xantrex repair shops near large bodies of water. Xantrex has a listing on their website.
To answer your question, no you do not need to buy an expensive inverter, just be sure to buy a true sine wave model, not a modified sine wave.
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Renogy 2000W Pure Sine Inverter

This inverter has good reviews and is almost a fourth of the cost.
https://a.co/d/3hCqenf

As far as I can tell the big difference is there is not automatic transfer when you connect/disconnect from shore power. Specs on Amazon also lists power source as 110v, corded electric and battery powered whereas the Xantrex power source says battery powered only. Xantrex support tech also claims other brands say they are 2000W but might actually be two 1000W units and therefore your ability to run one appliance drawing on greater than 1000W could actually be limited. I might actually get the 3000W and still save money. Because of the lack of automatic transfer would it change how I install it compared to how the Xantrex Freedom XI is currently installed in my RV? Thanks
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In my opinion there are many lower-priced inverters that could reliably replace the Xantrex. With the low-cost electronics available today, an inverter is a commodity. But if your Xantrex has a remote control or display inside the RV, compatibility with that remote unit is going to be a factor. If you also have to replace the remote module and maybe the wiring to it, the money saves on the inverter can quickly evaporate.
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This inverter has good reviews and is almost a fourth of the cost.
https://a.co/d/3hCqenf

As far as I can tell the big difference is there is not automatic transfer when you connect/disconnect from shore power. Specs on Amazon also lists power source as 110v, corded electric and battery powered whereas the Xantrex power source says battery powered only. Xantrex support tech also claims other brands say they are 2000W but might actually be two 1000W units and therefore your ability to run one appliance drawing on greater than 1000W could actually be limited. I might actually get the 3000W and still save money. Because of the lack of automatic transfer would it change how I install it compared to how the Xantrex Freedom XI is currently installed in my RV? Thanks
I canít imagine living without a pass through in the inverter. Or as you say a transfer switch.
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My Freedom XC Pro has pass through power. It goes through the main fuse box, to the inverter/charger, then back to a smaller panel that controls the microwave, fridge, all outlets, and the electric water heater. Generator and shore power quickly charge the four AGM golf cart batteries. The inverter (battery power) is only activated when there is no shore or generator power going to the unit.

From the manual
The Freedom XC PRO inverter/charger
provides up to 2000 watts (Freedom XC PRO
2000) or 3000 watts (Freedom XC PRO 3000)
of continuous utility grade, sine wave power
derived from a battery bank. It is designed to
handle loads such as microwave ovens, TVs,
DVD/Blu-ray players, and power tools. In
addition, the Freedom XC PRO’s high-surge
capability lets you handle many hard-to-start
loads, including full size residential
refrigerators.
The built-in transfer switch automatically
transfers between inverter power and shore
power from recreational facilities such as boat
docks or campsites to ensure power is
always available.
Back-up
Capability
If incoming shore power is interrupted by
external events like brownouts, the Freedom
XC PRO automatically becomes an
independent power source that supplies
utility grade AC power to your loads.


https://xantrex.com/library/inverter...guide-english/

The transfer is seamless, no interruption of power. I tested it once while dry camping by running my upright vacuum. Turned it on, let it run a bit, then turned off the generator. No bump, hiccup, nothing.

Edit: I'm not pushing anything, I'm just happy with what I have and know it works. I am usually dry camping for a month at a time, and use my inverter/charger daily.
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There isn't much price difference between a Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 and the lesser quality inverter/chargers. I think the remote unit works with the new one too, you'll need to confirm that though.
However the Xantrex Freedom SW2012 is a bit higher priced. This the one I'm planning installing this summer, to replace my obsolete Xantrex RS2000, simply because my remote will work with the 2012.
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