Denob wrote:Looking for opinions on Xantrex inverters.
The Prowatt 3000, sometimes listed as 2500, both the old and new models I can recommend.
and they look like this, old one... http://www.xantrex.com/documents/Discon ... _press.pdf
new one...http://www.xantrex.com/documents/Power- ... 1-01_Rev-B
and ofcourse I can recommend the prowatt 5000.....been running on that one and putting it through its paces for months now...its just incredible, even better quality output than the old 3000 watt unit I like, though they put cheap gfi's on the unit, replace with any brand from home despot. Other than that one complaint Its a sweet unit...all shinny and black too...10,000 watt surge on this unit!! the fan never comes on unless you are pulling over 500 watts, so its usually running silent.
with all those units I listed idle current is nothing, something like .5 amps at 12 volts, measured (from memory), all those models are very efficient under load,, actually the most efficient of any I have used.
Just back to add I screwed up, they changed the name on the new 3000 and 5000 watt models to Xpower-3000 or Xpower-5000. Also from memory of a conversation I had with one of their engineers this is the end of the line...there will not be any new models of this line. Xantrex Mod sign series will end with these last two models... Xpower 3000 and 5000. Likely will be produced until demand drops off, I suspect all new R&D is going into new high freq sine wave units now, as the price differential is narrowing fast between mod sine and pure sign( just speculation on my part). So anyone wanting a first rate, new, top quality (imho) high freq mod sign unit I can recommend the Xpower 5000 as just outstanding, I can recommend the 3000 as well, though if you have extra wallet capacity buy the 5000...if anyone is seriously looking at either model pm me and I can tell you why in better detail from a users perspective why the 5000 is worth paying extra, ofcourse if your not looking for new and want good but cheap, Im all for cheap! nothing beats ( in mod sign) the old 3000 watt Canadian tire model on the used market (kijiji), it was the same as the xantrex 2500 model (prowatt 2500)....I have bought them as low as 50.00 doll hairs (used).
Though bear in mind they have been out of production for a long while now, so use them gently at first if you buy one, or replace the electrolitics ( the 180 volt caps in the unit before using (maybe 170volt caps, cant remember for sure)) filtering the DC buss for the H bridge...only a few dollars to buy new caps, and a little time to do....(use ONLY Japanese caps) then your good for 20...30 years of use!