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Old 01-01-2017, 01:41 PM   #1
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Shore Power Converter/Charger

Any thoughts on brands etc?

I am seeing Iota, Power Max, and Progressive Dynamics. Leaning toward the Progressive Dynamics with the built in 4 stage and remote monitor. Something around 45-60 Amps. They claim American Made


http://www.progressivedyn.com/rv_con...pd9245c_2.html
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:08 PM   #2
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Curious to why a converter over an inverter? Is there something that pulls high loads off the 12v system while you're on shorepower?
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:25 PM   #3
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Will have an inverter too for boondocking. This is to run the 12V loads and charge the battery when a plug is available. Redundancy really and all about keeping the battery in great shape. I am gonna add shore power anyway, so this another option to put into the system on top of solar.

At the end of the day we all know that alternator charging is limited.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:01 PM   #4
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If I didn't end up with a free Progressive Dynamics Charger/converter from the neighbor's RV and a used Prosine Inverter from Craigslist, I would have just bought a combo inverter/charger.

In fact, that's what we put in the neighbor's RV that set the Progressive Dynamics unit free.

...and did I mention that it winds me up to no end that you have to buy the "charge wizard" separately to make the PD charger smart? WTF????
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:47 PM   #5
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We have a Progressive Dynamics Mighty Mini 45 amp converter/distribution panel in the Tardis. Works great. Have had no issues with it. Four stage charging with 12 circuit distribution panel and space for two 120v circuits built in.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:59 PM   #6
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Is this the unit you have
PD4045 45 Amp Inteli-Power Mighty Mini Power Center
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:30 PM   #7
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Yes, Mighty Mini Compact AC/DC Power Distribution Panel
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:03 PM   #8
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The 9200 Series Progressive Dynamics have the staged charging build in and they offer a 10 dollar remote so you can see what stage it's in.

I will look into the all in ones. So far they have all been bigger inverter and less 12 volt. A bit the opposite of where I want to go.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:20 AM   #9
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Liking the Xantrex Truecharge2 chargers. They have more settings and you can put a temp sens to the battery or just use a high reg and low temp setting. Better charging modes etc etc. More expensive, of course.

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Old 01-12-2017, 12:21 PM   #10
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I am pretty new to van electric systems and have a question that is relevant here. My van came with shore power , a power converter/charger , but the inverter was fried so I have never used an inverter. My question is - since I have 110 outlets and a microwave that automatically are powered when plugged into shore power, what do I need to wire in a new inverter so that I can have those same outlets and microwave fire up when the inverter is turned on? Thanks
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