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Hybrid Inverters are All-in-one solar power units that combine everything needed to create solar power, just add solar panels and batteries.

Hybrid Inverters contain

  • DC to AC Power Inverter
  • MPPT Solar Charge Controller
  • AC to DC Battery Charger
  • Automatic Transfer Switch

Pros and Cons of using a Hybrid Inverter in a Camper Van

Pros of Hybrid Inverters

  • Very simple installation in comparison to building a system with all seperate components.
  • Add as large of a battery bank as you need. Not possible with Portable Solar Generators.
  • This is typically the best balance of System Power – Cost – Ease of Installation when compared to DIY systems or Portable Solar Generators.

Cons of Hybrid Inverters

  • The entire unit must be sent away for repairs or replacement, something to take into consideration especially if you are reliant on the energy it produces.
  • Although there are some 12 Volt options available, most Hybrid Inverters are 24 Volt and above. If you plan to use 12 Volt appliances, you’ll need a buck converter to step the voltage down to 12 Volt.

Brief Overview of Installation

Installation of an All-in-One Solar System takes about an hour or two if you already have your solar array and batteries in place. The process can be broken down into 3 steps.

  • Connect your battery bank to the battery terminals
  • Connect Solar Array to PV terminals
  • Connect AC lines to the AC Terminals

24 Volt Hybrid Inverters

Sungoldpower 24V 3000W

  • Max Solar Input: 1400-Watt at 100-Volt
  • Solar Charge Current: 60-Amp
  • Inverter Size: 3000-Watt (6000W Surge)
  • AC Battery Charge: 40-Amp

If you plan to install your system in a Campervan or RV, this is the unit I recommend. 1400 Watts of solar panels is more than what can fit in a typical mobile solar system, so this unit has plenty of power.

Sigineer Power 24V

  • Max Solar Input: 4500 Watt – 145 Volt
  • Solar Charge Current: 80A
  • Inverter size: 3000 Watt (6000W Surge)
  • AC Battery Charger: 60A

If your building this system in a house or cabin, I recommend going with the Sigineer. This unit can handle almost 3 times as much solar input as the Sungoldpower.

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