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Exceltech inverters?

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Randy, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. Randy

    Randy Guest

    Hello all.
    Does anyone have experience with Exceltech Sinewave inverters?
    I have been talking with other people about my system but when I tell them
    about the cost of the Outback (a great inverter, worth every penny) they
    begin to suffer sticker shock.
    I like the looks of the Morningstar Suresine but it could use more power.
    The Exceltechs do look like they are more like mobile than hard wired, if
    this is true, then I would let them know they would be stuck with the power
    strip setup (toy setup?)
    Just trying to advance the cause here with knowlegable information.
  2. Guest

    I've used a 500W Exeltech for about 10 years. It operates at 1/4 load
    about 12 hours per day, and often 3/4 load for another 2 hours per
    day. My only complaint is that the on-off switch wasn't sealed, and
    eventually get contaminated with dust from the cooling air flow. I've
    cleaned it 2 or 3 times (blown out with compressed air and solvent).
    The cooling fan runs a lot, and after about 8 years it failed. A
    replacement cost $10. Both issues are likely typical of similar
    inverters. Overall I've been very pleased.

    Here's a link that might interest you

  3. Randy

    Randy Guest

    Thanks Wayne
    This will help me as my brother is starting out with the HF 45 watt kit.
    He has already found the "charge controller" is a bit annoying so I am
    collecting some items that would serve him well, yet not break his wallet.
    A Mornistar Sunguard should quiet his alarm.
    Donrow dose look to have nice low prices.
    The Xantrax Prosine 1000 looks nice for $689
    The Exeltech 1100 is about 615 at affordable solar.
    I'll have him look at both.
    Also my boss is looking at solar so I really do want to give him the best
    info that I can. His story is different, I think when he decides, he will go
    whole hog.
    Take care
  4. Ecnerwal

    Ecnerwal Guest

    Outback FXs do have fans - they are inside the sealed case, but there is
    a fan there (helping to move heat from electronics to case).
  5. Randy

    Randy Guest

    I wondered what that whirring sound was in there.
    I shuts off about 10 seconds after start up unless I put a big load on it.
    Thanks for verifying my suspicions.
  6. slakdown


    Jul 19, 2010
    I like Exeltech inverters. they are rock solid.
  7. slakdown


    Jul 19, 2010
  8. slakdown


    Jul 19, 2010
    I also know that some Exeltech inverters will need to be cleaned after 5 years of heavy use. I know we have customers who have these in work trailers. They can get dirty, as everything does. A clean inverter will run better...use less power
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