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Old 12-09-2022, 04:11 PM   #1
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Basecamp 16 inverter

Anyone install an inverter in a Basecamp 16X? Would like to run the 700W (1060W draw) microwave. Have 2-100A BB batteries, factory 2-90W panels. Would like the smallest footprint with built in transfer switch. Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2022, 04:06 PM   #2
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Since no one has replied. Attached is a possible installation. Critique as needed.
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Old 12-14-2022, 04:58 PM   #3
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People have talked about the Victron multi-plus inverter/charger, I don't have any experience with it though.

On your diagram you have the main ground bar going to the batteries instead of through the smart shunt, it wont be able to do its job that way you need all grounds going through the shunt.
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Old 12-14-2022, 05:25 PM   #4
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People have talked about the Victron multi-plus inverter/charger, I don't have any experience with it though.

On your diagram you have the main ground bar going to the batteries instead of through the smart shunt, it wont be able to do its job that way you need all grounds going through the shunt.
Thanks. See attached for updated schematic.
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Old 12-14-2022, 06:00 PM   #5
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Will be using a Progressive Dynamics PD1618 1800W inverter with built in transfer switch.

NOTE: Breaker to converter will be turned off when inverter is running. Would like to use a transfer switch that shuts off power to converter when inverter is running, but Basecamp under cabinet space is limited.
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Old 12-15-2022, 09:04 AM   #6
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Will be using a Progressive Dynamics PD1618 1800W inverter with built in transfer switch.

NOTE: Breaker to converter will be turned off when inverter is running. Would like to use a transfer switch that shuts off power to converter when inverter is running, but Basecamp under cabinet space is limited.
It looks like the Progressive Dynamics PD1618 1800W inverter has a 20 amp transfer switch. This will limit all 120v power use to 20 amps if you have all power going through it. I don't know how to make it fully automatic without a sub-panel or just having it on 1 circuit, which would also help with the 20 amp limitation and keep the air conditioner off of the inverter. Part of why some went with Victron multi-plus inverter/charger, one unit for inverter and charger with auto transfer switch and auto stop charging.

On your schematic you changed it from only the inverter going through the shunt, to only the ground bus going through the shunt, it should be both plus the converter.
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Old 12-15-2022, 09:41 AM   #7
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It looks like the Progressive Dynamics PD1618 1800W inverter has a 20 amp transfer switch. This will limit all 120v power use to 20 amps if you have all power going through it. I don't know how to make it fully automatic without a sub-panel or just having it on 1 circuit, which would also help with the 20 amp limitation and keep the air conditioner off of the inverter. Part of why some went with Victron multi-plus inverter/charger, one unit for inverter and charger with auto transfer switch and auto stop charging.

On your schematic you changed it from only the inverter going through the shunt, to only the ground bus going through the shunt, it should be both plus the converter.

The PD1618 has 30A pass-through, but 20A transfer switch. Please enlighten me on the difference.

See attached revision.
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Old 12-15-2022, 05:52 PM   #8
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The PD1618 has 30A pass-through, but 20A transfer switch. Please enlighten me on the difference.

See attached revision.
That is a good question. This site said in the description 20 amp pass-through.
https://www.boatandrvaccessories.com...-wave-inverter
The Progressive Dynamics site does say "AC Pass-Through Current: 30A" and "Built-In Transfer Switch: 20 Amps @ 95-135 VAC". From all information I have read the rating on the transfer switch is the max current that it can handle so 20 amp max, should mean no more then 20 amp pass-through since all power is going through the transfer switch. Maybe a call to Progressive Dynamics is needed to clarify things, one of the specs could be a misprint or they know something I don't.
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Old 12-15-2022, 06:27 PM   #9
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That is a good question. This site said in the description 20 amp pass-through.
https://www.boatandrvaccessories.com...-wave-inverter
The Progressive Dynamics site does say "AC Pass-Through Current: 30A" and "Built-In Transfer Switch: 20 Amps @ 95-135 VAC". From all information I have read the rating on the transfer switch is the max current that it can handle so 20 amp max, should mean no more then 20 amp pass-through since all power is going through the transfer switch. Maybe a call to Progressive Dynamics is needed to clarify things, one of the specs could be a misprint or they know something I don't.
Did contact the company. Waiting for reply. I think when the inverter is on and shore power off it can take 20A, but when on shore power and inverter off it can handle 30A (pass-through), or could be a misprint. I will only use the inverter for microwave.
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Old 12-16-2022, 08:08 AM   #10
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From Progressive Dynamics:
The transfer switch in the inverter is UL rated for 30 Amps. for the PD1618 or PD1620.
The PD1610 has a UL rating of 20 Amps.
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From Progressive Dynamics:
The transfer switch in the inverter is UL rated for 30 Amps. for the PD1618 or PD1620.
The PD1610 has a UL rating of 20 Amps.
Good to hear it is a 30 amp transfer switch, they apparently just messed up when they cut and pasted between models.
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