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Reviews Categories | Emergency/Portable Power: generators, solar, wind, thermal, etc | Xantrex XPower Inverter 700 Plus Help


Reviews Summary for Xantrex XPower Inverter 700 Plus
Xantrex XPower Inverter 700 Plus Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $79.99
Description: 560 Watt Inverter
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/1027/solutions.asp
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KA5S Rating: 3/5 Jun 6, 2007 11:31 Send this review to a friend
Neutral is not the third prong  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm getting a lower power, true-sine-wave inverter, the Xantrex XS400. However... neutral is not the ground pin; it's the wider of the two flat prongs on a US power plug, and is not supposed to be grounded inside AC powered equipment.

Cortland
KA5S
 
KE3Y Rating: 4/5 May 7, 2007 20:19 Send this review to a friend
Good, but that fan noise...  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Like most inverters, it works fine but the fan noise is disturbing. However it has a two-speed fan that it activated by current draw, not heat. Up to 100 watts, the fan is off. At 100 watts the fan runs on low. At 108 watts the fan oscillates between low and a higher speed. Distracting. At a bit above that but before 180 watts, the fan runs on high. The fan continues to run on high until the inverter is recycled. See my review of the Sima STP-325 325W inverter.

Problem: "Do not connect any AC load, which has it neutral conductor connected to ground, to the Xpower." Instructions, p. 5. Workaround: Use 3-prong to 2-prong adapters.
Problem: "...The Xpower is not intended for use as an uninterruptible power supply..." Instructions, p. 38.
Solution: This probably means the inverter does not like a full load applied at once.

It easily handles a computer, a monitor, and lots of ham radio accessories. It is RF quiet. But that fan...!
 


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