The "Xantrex X1500" is a small capacity solar generator.
If you are making the purchase for DC power, this item is great. Originally this was bought for camping escapades.Although it does run AC products, it does not do so for long. if the devices are fairly high (100 W )wattage.
you may only get a couple hours (such as a large tv).
However, as Stephane said, it is expandable. While waiting to get my larger solar power system together, I hooked up 4 T-105 batteries in series parallel to the high output terminals on back of the generator and it will run 200 watt devices for many many hours. It will run the fridge,a
22 cubic foot regular standup model.It will run my Quad amp along with tv (approx 160 watts audio on low, 4 tower speakers, A Subwoofer and center speaker + 36" tv)
Runs the computer - (200-watts with 21"LCD )not all at the same time mind you but you can see the potential.It will not run the large washing machine but I did not expect it to, due to higher surge than the units inverter is designed for..
As a Dc unit for lighting or DC tv, stereo, small fan it will do that job also, without any extra battery backup. although, another battery as backup does give longer run time.For camping its great. Pull it, push it or carry it . Pretty easy to haul around and a nicely finished case. Well made
I am very satisfied.
After many days and weeks of researching on the world wide web , I could not find anyone beating the Alternative Energy Stores Price for the unit either.
Team your unit up with a 50 or 60 watt solar panel and a morningstar 6 amp charge controller and you are good to go for fun times or emergencies.
If you do use another battery/batteries connected to the high output terminals on the X1500,the only thing you need to know (which the info is included in the instructions)..is, if the batteries are different amp hour ratings you will need to charge the batteries seperately. get another battery of the same amp hour rating that is in the X1500 and you can hook your solar panel (charge controlled, to the backup battery) while you are using your generator it can be charging.You can also do this, obviously without a backup battery
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