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Customer Reviews for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL

Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL

Item# 457000
The PowerHub 1800 is an ideal power solution for cottages and the perfect backup power solution for homes. Advanced technology lets user harvest energy from multiple power sources and convert it to AC power. Combines an inverter/charger with batteries that can store up to 100 Amp hours of energy. Built-in automatic transfer switch ensures seamless transfer of your electrical loads to its backup batteries. Running Watts 1,400, Amps 100, Dimensions L x W x H in. 20 x 14 x 14, Surge Watts 1,800. Can harvest energy from solar, wind, generator or utility grid to convert and store as household AC power Delivers up to 1800 Watts 1400 continuous Watts of power for microwaves, refrigerators, coffemakers and more, plus you can run multiple loads simultaneously Can be hardwired into home's AC power system or devices can plug into 4 AC receptacles on PowerHub Modular design allows user to add more battery capacity to extend backup power access for longer periods of time 20in.L x 14in.W x 14in.H Batteries not included
Average Customer Rating:
2 out of 5
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Rating Summary (4 reviews)
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1 of 4(25%)would recommend this product to a friend.
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Customer Reviews for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL
Review 1 for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL
Overall Rating:
1 / 5
1 / 5

Hard way to learn a lesson.....

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January 27, 2014
By Xantrash
from South
"I purchased the Xantrax Solar package for a cabin I built in the middle of nowhere.... The price was good and I was told Xantrax had a good name. The Xantrax PowerHub kept tripping and blowing fuses..lots of error notes.... The Xantrax customer help was no help and difficult to understand..... I learned that THIS particular Xantrax system is a low grade version and highly unreliable. I had to purchase a different system and throw the PowerHub away. I would urge anyone going SOLAR to seek out a local solar rep for purchase, install and help. ...."
Describe Yourself: Home Handyman
+3points
4out of 5found this review helpful.
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Review 2 for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL
Overall Rating:
1 / 5
1 / 5

powerhub 1800

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September 25, 2012
By siren
from Guatemala
"Nice looking unit but with flaws in design. Worked great for 14 months plugged into the grid for constant charging. One day I came home to an overload error. Nothing was on to draw energy. The E03 error is not repairable. One questionable overload and the inverter is a throwaway, Research the internet. This seems to be a common problem. My other Xantrex inverters are over 15 years old, still functioning and have been overloaded and reset theselves several times."
Describe Yourself: Home Handyman
+15points
15out of 15found this review helpful.
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Review 3 for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL
Overall Rating:
5 / 5
5 / 5

Ready Power

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September 7, 2009
By RavenTwo
from Albuquerque NM
"I have a Ford Excursion we use for vacations, moving, and hurricane evacuations. I needed a reliable 120V AC source to power anything someone on the move can need.
I already owned five 15W solar panels and a 7amp charge controller but was getting less than ideal results. Combining the 75 watts of solar panel to this unit made a world of difference. For one, I now had a 1800 Watt inverter to do the DC to AC work. Also, it had easy to use and understand connections for hooking up the charge controller, future wind power, and an external AC plug for times that external AC is available. Therefore regardless of what DC or AC power is going into the unit and batteries the system switches seemlessly between all of them to provide the power you need via the four 120V AC outlets. For me I only have the solar panels right now.
What makes the biggest difference is choosing the right 12 V batteries as the reserve power, I have two 220 Ah (Amp Hour) batteries in the battery box. Additionally if you are using solar panels getting the right orientation also makes a big difference. The first configuration I used barely yielded 20 watts. Having placed all the panels flat on the roof increasted the yield to a frequent 50 watts.
Overall great unit with the right solar configuration, and high rated amp hour batteries. Automotive batteries are not good for this application. It requires dedicated deep cycle high amp batteries. Think golf cart!"
Describe Yourself: Home Handyman
+25points
28out of 31found this review helpful.
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Review 4 for Xantrex PowerHub 1800, Model# PH1800_UL
Overall Rating:
1 / 5
1 / 5

Unsuitable for the northern regions

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March 16, 2009
By SkyPond66
from Ashland, new hampshire
"I purchased this product mainly to power an overhead door in an unpowered barn, and backed it up with 2 new deep cycle batteries and a 70 watt solar panel. It doesn't work well at all during the winter months in New Hampshire. What the manufacturer fails to mention is that the unit will draw down at better than an amp per hour when just sitting at idle readiness. Even when not powering a single working item, simply leaving the Powerhub on would draw the fully charged batteries totally flat within two sunny winter days. A total waste of money and effort, and all but useless in the north"
Describe Yourself: Home Handyman
+22points
32out of 42found this review helpful.
Response from Northern Tool:By Product ExpertMerchandisingMarch 25, 2011
The customer’s disappointment with the PowerHub is due to a couple of factors. The PowerHub does sustain an unavoidable drain of 1amp DC per hour when the internal 1800W inverter is turned ON. The power drain happens when the unit is ON to perform the inversion of 12V battery power to 120Vac household power (when inverter is turned OFF the drain is less than about 0.3amp DC per hour). If the PowerHub is to be left ON for 24hrs/day, the renewable charging energy (solar or wind) must be sufficient to support replacement of 1 amp per hour plus the actual AC load demand when the PowerHub is being used. A single 70 watt panel will not be sufficient in my experience. At optimum conditions, a 70W panel can harvest at best about 25-30 amp-hours per day in summer, anything less than ideal such as poor angle to capture the sun’s rays or otherwise reduced day light (winter) will provide significantly less amps per day to replenish to keep up with the inverter's no load battery draw, let alone the load appliance operation. The application requires a larger renewable energy harvest (solar or wind) under worst case scenario (winter) to support the intended application, or turn off the inverter when the AC load is not operating.
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