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I have an inverter/charger fitted to my boat - Should it be left on all the time when I am away from the boat? and if switched off will it affect any power gathered from my solar panels

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Depends on whether you can connect to shore-based electricity. If you can, then leaving the charger should charge the batteries - assuming it is connected to them, of course! If you cannot connect to shore power then leave the inverter charger turned off, which shouldn't affect solar power - as you may well  have a solar controller which charges the battery.

 

 

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1 hour ago, elr37418 said:

I have an inverter/charger fitted to my boat - Should it be left on all the time when I am away from the boat? and if switched off will it affect any power gathered from my solar panels

Is this an inverter with a solar charger, mains charger or both?

if it is your solar charger it is best left on in summer, but if solar is by a different charger it is best turned off.  That said, does your boat have a 12v or mains powered fridge, because if mains powered then you may need to leave the inverter on., otherwise your fridge is getting warm.........

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2 hours ago, elr37418 said:

I have an inverter/charger fitted to my boat - Should it be left on all the time when I am away from the boat? and if switched off will it affect any power gathered from my solar panels

If you provide the make and model of the charger, better advice can be given.

 

I have a Sterling inverter charger, (Pro Combi S I think), bought in 2011. If I connect to shore power to charge the batteries, leave the boat, and the shore power fails, the unit reverts to inverter mode. If away for more than a few days, my batteries would be flattened, and they definitely wouldnt be charged as I expected on my return.

 

Some makes have a facility to set their models to charger only, but my Sterling doesnt have this..

 

I dont have shore power for charging, but I still use a separate battery charger to charge from my genny.

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