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Xantrex adds sine wave inverter

Feb. 26, 2021
MCE brand debuts lightweight new Freedom XC Pro, industry’s first inverter that communicates directly with the truck

Xantrex, a supplier of inverters and inverter/chargers owned by Mission Critical Electronics (MCE), recently added a new lightweight sine wave inverter to its Freedom X lineup—the Freedom XC Pro.

The inverter/charger is available in two model ratings (2,000 and 3,000 watts) and can be requested as an OEM install with most truck brands, or on the aftermarket through Xantrex authorized dealers, the company said.

According to Mitul Chandrani, Xantrex director of marketing, the Freedom XC Pro sets a new industry standard in terms of power density and features. The inverter features built-in battery charging and weighs only 18.5 pounds, making it the lightest and most compact inverter in its class. It also is the industry’s first inverter charger with built-in communication. “This means the truck will send commands directly to the inverter,” Chandrani said. “Fleets will no longer have to juggle different voltage settings and set points to ensure engine auto-starting.”

The Freedom XC Pro is more than 50 pounds lighter than its transformer-based predecessor, Xantrex maintained. “Typically an inverter delivering 3,000 watts of power with a high surge weighs roughly 70 pounds,” Chandrani said. “We were able to do this while maintaining the power and bolstering the features of our inverters in the Freedom X line. While it’s much smaller in size, the Freedom XC Pro is able to generate an industry-leading 5 seconds of surge, also known as temporary power boost, for up to two times the inverter’s watt rating. This easily handles the initial surge required for high initial draw units, like microwaves, induction cooktops and power tools. Most other inverters have surge power for less than 1 second.”

Since the Xantrex Freedom XC is a high-efficient pure sine wave inverter, it’s able to deliver consistent power, protecting sensitive electronics such as computers and CPAP machines.

The Freedom XC Pro 2,000 watt inverter is standard with a built-in 100-amp battery charger. The 3,000-watt model features a 150-amp battery charger. The Freedom XC Pro is compatible with all battery types and charges 2.5 to 3.5 times faster compared to other brands of truck inverter/chargers. The charger can be set for the type of battery being used, including lithium ion, to better meet the optimum charging profile for the battery.

To protect batteries with a low voltage disconnect, the inverter can be set to disconnect to match best with the type of battery used. “If it’s connected to the starting batteries, you can set the voltage a little higher to ensure enough power to start the rig,” Chandrani said. “If it’s connected to deep-cycle batteries or lithium ion, it can be set lower for more power over a longer period of time. What’s more, when installed in an outside protected location, the Freedom XC Pro is able to maintain peak performance in temperatures up to 104 degrees F and as low as -4 degrees F.”

When connected to shore power, the Freedom XC Pro’s 50A AC Transfer Rely senses when outside AC power is present and transfers the load from the inverter to the source of incoming power.

Advanced communications enable drivers to monitor the inverter system’s performance through the optional Bluetooth remote panel, which is accessible through the Bluetooth app. System information can also be displayed on a truck’s own communication system thanks to Xantrex communication protocols.

On the aftermarket, the Freedom XC Pro is easy to install and has quick connect AC terminals for fast, reliable and easy wiring, Xantrex added. The inverter can be hardwired or installed with an optional GFCI outlet that is ideal for use with a large battery bank.

Like other members of the Freedom X family, the Freedom XC Pro is UL458 certified and meets FCC, Class B standards. It also is tested for environmental stresses and moisture and corrosion resistance.        

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