October '18

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46 • R V PR O • October 2 018 rv-pro.co m O RI GI N A L E Q UI P M E N T B U R N A BY, British Colu mbia, Canada – When R V po wer supplier Xantrex created the Freedo m 458, it was so mething of a mixed blessing. The inverter/charger, which debuted in 1992, was so well- built and designed that it beca me synony mous with Xantrex's brand offerings. As a testa ment to the product's durability and longevity, there are R Vs on the road today that still run on the Freedo m 458. That may not see m like a bad proble m to have. Ho wever, being tied so closely with one product can paint a co mpany as a one-trick pony. Not content to rest on its laurels, Xantrex is actively working to bolster its lithiu m-ion syste m (the Freedo m e Gen syste m) and it intends to debut its o wn line of solar panels later this year – all while expanding its offerings in the Freedo m inverter/ charger line. A Po wer ho use i n Po wer S upply R V e nergy sol utio ns s upplier Xa ntrex o wes its boo mi ng s uccess to its foc us o n prod uct i n novatio n, rigoro us testi ng a nd e nd- user i np ut. By David Mac Neal Xantrex tea m me mbers Mitul Chandrani, marketing manager; Albert Shuen, product manager; and Aleks Vilis, progra m manager, are all heavily involved in the develop ment and pro motion of the co mpany's Freedo m inverter/charger line. They are pictured at the co mpany's headquarters in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. P H OT OS BY DAVI D M AC NE AL U NLESS OT HER WISE N OTE D Xantrex's test labs are designed to push products to the brink. Those tests include stressing inverters by running the m in te mperatures as lo w as minus 85 degrees Fahrenheit to highs of 158 degrees. (Photo courtesy of Xantrex)

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