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Old 05-15-2018
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http://www.samlexamerica.com/product...l.aspx?pid=572 The above link is for a 2200 watt inverter charger that I bought today. I read everything I could find on RV inverters in this forum and elsewhere. Personally I really like the Magnum 2812. Easy to use and does some energy management as well. But it was more money than what I planned on spending. The Samlex is an inverter charger and has a lot of features. Before making the purchase I called their support line and I was put through to a sales person right away. He knew his stuff and answered all my questions. There are a lot of inexpensive inverters on the market. But many are a sealed unit with no repairs possible. The Samlex weighs 59 lbs. . About the same size as a Xantrex 458. Easily programmed and has a 3 or 4 stage 100 amp charger. Full sine wave. Automatic transfer switch. Solar power can be integrated into the EVO. Although I found it for $1050 shipped that ad might have been a come on. No stock and they did not know when it would be available. But Amazon has it for $1139. My Bird is in Mexico and although I will be there working on it for a month I do not know if I will install it until fall.
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I have a new Samlex EVO 2212 in the box waiting for time to install, along with the Samlex remote panel. My bus still has the "dim the lights" battery boiler for a charger. I put a sine wave inverter in last year but it wasn't a high-end model. It kicked itself off twice last year for no apparent reason. I do have solar as well, so this Samlex should adapt nicely. There are plenty of warnings on the Samlex to use 4/0 cable to and between the batteries. I have procured a pile of 4/0 cable and will be replacing the old cable varieties on my bus which currently include 2/0, 1/0 and 1.
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Old 05-16-2018
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I just installed this unit in our BMC over the weekend. Working great so far. Replaced the Xantrex Prosine 2.0 after power surge in Sacramento last summer got the TV, convection microwave and other small items. Next up is a surge protector.
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I downloaded the manual and am impressed. It was written by someone whose first language is English.
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Old 06-11-2018
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Pulled some new 4/0 cables and just couldn’t figure a way to match those “perfectly balanced battery bank” diagrams with the FC 6 battery setup. I have Big cables now from inverter to the 4-battery drawer with identical length positive and negative to each of the 2-battery series strings. The third string is under the passenger seat. It is going to get a 4/0 to the starter but the awg1 from negative to the Big cable negative on the driver side is staying as-is for now. Running out of patience and ideas and $$$ for copper cables. It will be better than before but not “perfect”. Yes, I have included a 300a fuse at the battery end of the big cable to the inverter Just like the book says. Love my bus!
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I downloaded the manual and am impressed. It was written by someone whose first language is English.
I was also very impressed with this unit... Had been considering an MagnaSine 2812, but this appears to be a well-designed inverter-charger for about $500 less.
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You should really be comparing the MS2012 to this Samlex. A MS2812 blows it away numbers-wise and that's why it costs so much more. The Samlex 2212+remote is $1257 vs. the MS2012+remote, which is $1455 on Amazon. You can also buy parts for and service the Magnum unit. If you need service or tech support you will be able to talk to the people who designed it in the USA. I know this from personal experience.

I looked at a couple of teardown videos to see what's inside the Samlex EVO and nothing was immediately alarming to me as far as build quality goes. It certainly weighs enough to indicate it has a "good" transformer.

There's also used MS2012 and 2812's available all the time for way less and I would buy one in a heartbeat. I wouldn't touch a used Samlex if it showed up.

$198 difference isn't nothing, but that's barely enough money to move a PT38 300 miles.
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The Samlex was $1139 and the Remote was $137 the day I ordered them. Price is a factor
But I try not to buy junk. Scouring the web shows almost no complaints about the eco 2212
And plenty of positives. I agree the 2812 Magnum is reviewed as bulletproof and I did my homework. So I will give some honest experience when I have some time with the upgrades. I did turn it all back on finally today and the fridge ran super silent- got cold fast too on 120v. Initial cooling it ran all the time at about 70 amps. Once it gets cold it will probably only “run half of the hours” of the day on average, give or take.
The solar was kicking in 12-15
Amps of 13v juice really late in the day. So, big fat 4/0 wires and a new Samlex “feel” great thus far. Ran the gen for a half hour for fun. Something wrong with the water temp gauge on it? Nope- that new rad fan and new rad core work so well it just doesn’t creep up to danger zones any more.
The Samlex Remote gives a ton of info and can log it on an SD card over time
For obsessive-compulsive data review.
Getting ready for a shakedown campout next week and then bigger trips through the summer. Will report good and bad with Samlex.
New solar panel in the garage waiting to go on the roof to bring us up to 850
Total watts. More fun!”
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Samlex has phone and email tech support. It is based in the USA and Canada( Langley,BC). I actually spoke with one of the engineers. For some it has desirable extra features. You can hook up another battery charger or solar and it feeds through the Samlex. Can also run the genie through the inverter.
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You should really be comparing the MS2012 to this Samlex. A MS2812 blows it away numbers-wise and that's why it costs so much more. The Samlex 2212+remote is $1257 vs. the MS2012+remote, which is $1455 on Amazon. You can also buy parts for and service the Magnum unit. If you need service or tech support you will be able to talk to the people who designed it in the USA. I know this from personal experience.

There's also used MS2012 and 2812's available all the time for way less and I would buy one in a heartbeat. I wouldn't touch a used Samlex if it showed up.

$198 difference isn't nothing, but that's barely enough money to move a PT38 300 miles.
I recently (two weeks ago) bought a brand new-looking and perfectly functioning Magnum Energy MS2812 on ebay for $800 shipped.

I'll use the difference to buy the remote and battery management kit and partially fund the PT-100 MPPT charge controller.

I'd never buy a Chinese made junk inverter without a warranty, but felt good about the gamble on the Magnum at least with the ability to return in the first month if it wasn't working.

I also considered Victron, but decided to stay with Magnum.
Hope this helps someone.

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