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Old 12-06-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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Magnum hybrid

It is listed as a inverter charger.

Does that mean it replaces the convertor???


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I'm not an expert on this stuff but it appears to be an inverter (i.e. converts 12VDC to 120VAC) and a charger (recharges the battery when connected to shore power or a generator), but it doesn't appear to be a replacement for the OEM converter because there is no distribution panels for all your AC and DC circuits.

Somebody a lot smarter than me will come along to provide a more informed opinion.
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Is it a good idea to get the battery monitor from magnum?

They have the controller
Battery monitor
Temp sensor.

All add ons.


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I think the most popular full featured battery monitor is the TriMetric brand but if you just want a simple digit readout volt meter you can buy them on Amazon.

Try searching the Electrical, Charging Systems and Solar threads if you don't get any responses here.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f218/

I never camp without shore power so I don't have any expertise on batteries. Sorry.
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It is listed as a inverter charger.

Does that mean it replaces the convertor???


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Your converter is still in play. When you are connected to shore pwr, AC passes through the Magnum like "normal" thus powering your Converter providing 12VDC.
IMO the Magnum Hybrid Inverter/charger is top of the line. It was out of my budget at the time I installed my solar system.
So its claim to fame is the "hybrid" operation. If you are on solar and have a generator on board. It will automatically start your generator if your AC demand is too big (4k watts) for the inverter (on solar/batteries) to handle on its own and match the desired AC output using both the generator and solar/bat together, without you thinking about it.
I manage our energy usage so we don't get into get into that scenario ( ie, not running microwave, Res Refer, hair dryer, or whatever at the same time.)
It's pretty cool, and that would be on my upgrade list if Santa ever asks......
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My convertor is stand alone, on the floor.

I thought it would replace it.


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The stock converter has the 12V fuses and AC breakers built into one unit. That stays in tacked.
Typically the stock battery charger plugs into the back of the WFCO converter. When you install an inverter/charger, unplug the stock charger from the converter, so there are not two chargers in play operated by AC at the same time. I physically left my stock charger in place, and just unplugged it, and keep it as a backup if the Magnum ever dies.
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The stock converter has the 12V fuses and AC breakers built into one unit. That stays in tacked.
Typically the stock battery charger plugs into the back of the WFCO converter. When you install an inverter/charger, unplug the stock charger from the converter, so there are not two chargers in play operated by AC at the same time. I physically left my stock charger in place, and just unplugged it, and keep it as a backup if the Magnum ever dies.
X2, you don't want 2 devices trying to charge the batteries. The converters only function is to convert 12vac to 12v to charge your batteries. All your 12vdc fixtures then run from the battery power.
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Sorry, got my terminology screwed up.
A full solar inverter/charger system install can eliminate the charger and DC supply functions of the converter. Some rigs have an integrated converter/charger/12-volt Fuse distribution center (my confusion).

The converter you show, when rig is connected to shore, charges the battery bank. It gets its AC from the rear of the Fuse distribution center.

The DC Fuse distribution center is connected to the battery bank, so when rig is not connected to shore, the battery bank does it job.

With Magnum installed, the DC fuse distribution center is (still) connected to the battery bank.

Magnum charges the batteries (on shore/gen pwr).

converter=charger
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