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Old 11-23-2010
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newer modified inverters seem to work better with more devices than old - they use stepped curves as opposed to square wave outputs. I won't use mine for battery chargers other than cell phone / laptop. My tool batteries will be charged at home.

I bought a 3000W continuious (6000W surge) with internal automatic transfer switch and 30A built in smart charger built by AIMS. I bought it remanufactured from the inverterstore.com . It was for sale on ebay...... $270 shipped. New it is about $500, but goes on sale for $450. The warranty is the same as new. I know it is manufactured in China or Taiwan. But, suspect Xantrex is manufactured overseas, too.

The features it lacks compared to Xantrex is the remote monitoring panel accessory. It has a remote on off if you buy it.

I've only used certain items on the inverter: TV / DVD, chargers, fan, etc. It works well. The fan runs a bit slower, but not a lot (maybe 80%). That was expected. The unit feels very solid, weighs nearly 20 lbs and has a finned anodized aluminum case.

If you need charging capacity from the device, another version may be a better choice. In my case, I have another Xantrex smart charger as my primary charger and use this as just a backup. In fact, it is turned off ordinarily.

For the $ spent, I'm very happy.

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... It was for sale on ebay...... Doug
Gotta be careful on ebay

Xantrex recently issued a recall on some Freedom SW 3000
(serial#s ranging from B12330337 - B12382728) 572 units involved.

I bought a refurbished Xantrex ProSine 2K about 2.5 years ago with warranty from an ebay seller. So far so good.

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Agreed, I research the seller before you buy. Often you find retailers who add ebay sales to their offerings for various reasons. I've had good luck with such situations. Those retailers will have links to their stores.

In my case, the deal was great value, in my opinion.

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