RV Power Converters
The following article highlights the 4 major brands of RV Power Converters taken from the Radio Arizona RV Podcast Episode 42. At the end of the article you will find a link to the episode.
The 4 major brands of power converters found on most RV's today are Iota, Progressive Dynamics, Parallax and WFCO (Woofco). All 4 RV brands have their place in the market and each one can be considered a quality converter able to contend with today's power supply needs and battery types. I do not dig into batteries in this article, but I will do so in a future article and Podcast covering batteries.
Progressive Dynamics: PD9100 Series Overview: are UL listed for the US and Canada. They provide safe, reliable, filtered DC power to all Recreational Vehicle 12-Volt lighting and appliance circuits. The Inteli-Power converter also safely recharges and maintains the RV battery and has a two-year limited warranty.
The built in Total Charge Management System (TCMS) connector allows the RV manufacturer, dealer, or customer to easily add the optional Charge Wizard. The Charge Wizard is a microprocessor-controller that constantly monitors the RV battery voltage to determine if the battery requires a quick recharge, is fully charged and being used, or is fully charged and is in storage. The Charge Wizard then selects one of three charging voltages: 14.4, 13.6, or 13.2; and one of four operating modes (Boost, Normal, Storage or Desulfation) to properly re-charge or maintain the battery. Total Charge Management System (TCMS) Also know as the Charge Wizard is an add on, the converter is equipped with the connector only.
PD9200 Series Power Converters - All Models Available for Lead Acid or Gel-Cell Batteries
The built-in Charge Wizard is a microprocessor-controlled system that constantly monitors the battery voltage and ensures a rapid; yet, safe, recharge. The Charge Wizard can select one of three charging voltages and one of four operating modes depending on the condition and use of the battery. The built-in Accessory Port makes it easy to add the that shows the charger/converter.The Progressive Dynamics 9200 Series INTELI-POWER converters are UL listed for the US and Canada. They provide safe, reliable, filtered DC power to all Recreational Vehicle 12-Volt lighting and appliance circuits. The Inteli-Power converter also safely recharges and maintains the RV battery and has a two-year limited warranty .
The PD9200 Series - PD9245C, PD9260C, PD9270C, PD9280C power converter is designed to provide reliable filtered DC power to all recreational vehicle 12-volt lighting and appliance circuits. The PD92 00 Series Power C onverter also provides safe and rapid recharging of RV batteries. Built-in features such as electronic current limiting, reverse battery protection, high voltage protection, low voltage operation, and over temperature shut down ensure long term reliability.
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The DLS Series offers models for a variety of AC and DC voltages, at different amperage levels to meet the demands of your application and battery size.
The IQ4 Smart Charge Feature is available for most DLS models. Refer to the for the IQ charging levels for different voltages.
IOTA Power Products featuring technology deliver enhanced performance for demanding industrial applications. The Power Factor Correction design provides efficient utility consumption, operating at a Power Factor of >90% at full load. The PFC IOTA products allow increased power use from a typical 15 amp circuit, and meet CEC energy standards for more efficient power usage with less overall power consumption.
Using state-of-the-art, switch-mode technology, IOTA Power Converter/Battery Chargers are engineered with the user and variable environmental conditions in mind. Extra care has been given to insure many years of service-free operation, even when subjected to extremely harsh conditions. DLS multi-stage chargers ensure that deep cycle batteries are charged quickly and efficiently without over-charging, and pumps, motors, and fans operate perfectly for prolonged life.
The IQ Smart Charge Controller protects your battery by turning any DLS charger into an automatic smart charger, giving the user the benefit of Bulk, Absorption, and Float stage charging. IQ Charge Control is available as an external accessory that plugs into the DLS charger, or as an internal unit already built into the DLS.
IQ4-X Charge Control
The DLS-X 12 volt models are available with the IQ4-X 4-Stage Charge Control Module for exceptional battery charging and maintenance. For more information, visit the IQ4-X Charge Controller page.
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WFCO Power Converters The WF-9800 Series converter/chargers are versatile, advanced power source solutions. The WF-9800 series models provides clean, reliable DC power, which is ideal for powering electronics and appliances. The 9800 Series provides clean power, even without filtering from a battery. Quiet operation is assured as the cooling fan runs only when needed.
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Parallax: The 5300 Series three current (amps) stage power centers bring output amperages to 50 amp shore services that have never been seen before. With filtered full-range DC outputs of 55, 65 and 75 amps DC this product provides great flexibility to fit your specific needs. Converter operates on 120VAC 15 amp branch circuit. Comes standard with durable steel enclosure.
The 5300 Series brings output amperages to 50 amp shore services that have never been seen before. The 5355 is a 50 Amp Power Center with a three current stage 55 Amp Converter Charger. Manufactured to operate on 120VAC 15 amp branch circuits leaving plenty of power for running other 120VAC devices. The unit is built with a durable steel enclosure and has an 15 position fuse block with blown fuse indicators. Can be upgraded to TempAssure™ technology by installing the Parallax 4400TAU module to maximize battery charging. Models 5355, 5365, 5375
Lower Sections: Three current stage 65 amp converter replacement section for 500 and 5300 series power centers. Can be upgraded to TempAssure™ technology by installing the Parallax 4400TAU module to maximize battery charging.
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The Podcast Episode explains in greater detail the benefits of converter and paints a clearer picture of which brand to choose. The best choice is to stick with what you already have unless you just have serious doubts about it.
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