w7ts, I think your understanding basically matches mine. I think they're both really inverters from an electrical point of view; we just use the terms "converter" and "inverter" for clarity.
Originally Posted by w7ts
It is possible to place an inverter and an converter in the same box and call it a inverter/converter. I guess some manufacturers may be doing this now.
Mine is pretty old - I don't think it's a new concept. I'm actually not a huge fan, because suppose you are on shore power with the converter on. Then the shore power goes out, and the inverter does it thing and starts inverting and powering the fridge and whatever else (as long as the A/C isn't on). Meanwhile if the inverter/converter isn't on, the fridge would happily switch to gas mode, etc.
There really only are two devices in question - the converter and the inverter. My inverter is a Trace Engineering (now owned by Xantrex I think) also, but it has a converter module in it too. It's even adjustable for what charging/float/etc. voltages, and there's a temperature dial to adjust those voltages based on the current temperature. It's actually a pretty nice 3-stage converter. (I still installed a PD 9260 though.)
Don't forget the solar system means there's also a solar charger, too...