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December 13, 2016

Q. What are the benefits of an inverter/charger compared to charging batteries via alternator?

A. Inverters with built in chargers, are handy when plugging into an external AC plug (like at a truck stop) to keep the batteries charged and to feed the AC loads directly from the shore power. Some Xantrex combination inverter/chargers can even temporarily de-rate the chargers when heavy AC loads are present, like a microwave, to prevent over-current on the shore power, then bring the charger back to full output when the heavy load is turned off.

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Answered by : Steve Carlson from Xantrex

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of experience working in the industry. His positive energy, hands-on-approach and strong technical insight has proven extremely helpful to truck manufacturers, fleets and dealers. Steve has contributed to several editorials on sleeper cab power in leading truck and fleet magazines. In his free time which is very hard to come by, he enjoys fishing.

Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of experience working in the industry. His positive energy, hands-on-approach and strong technical insight has proven extremely helpful to truck manufacturers, fleets and dealers. Steve has contributed to several editorials on sleeper cab power in leading truck and fleet magazines. In his free time which is very hard to come by, he enjoys fishing.

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