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Q. Can I use my existing inverter with a lithium-ion battery?

In "most cases" yes. And that’s another benefit. If it is just an inverter then all you're doing is taking power from the battery and turning it into AC power. As long as the voltage is at the right level, the inverter doesn't care what type of battery is being used -- it's obviously going to perform best with a lithium ion battery because the voltage is going to remain steady through the cycle. One thing to note — the majority of new trucks straight from the factory are equipped with an inverter/charger. In that case, you need to verify that the unit is capable of being adjusted for the specific charging needs of a lithium ion battery. Even if there is a lithium ion setting, you should check what voltage it is set at. Saying all that, the newer Xantrex inverter/chargers such as the FREEDOM XC can be configured easily to work with lithium ion batteries.

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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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