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Five star inverters

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I'm new to the solar world and doing some research before getting a system going to power the house.

I've seen various inverters advertised; the two most common are the mecer 3/ 5kw inverters and the five-star 5kw inverters which are cheaper. 

Are they the same inverter ie. Axpert 

Is Axpert, the Chinese company that manufacturers the inverter?

Does anybody have experience with the five-star inverter?

Advice is greatly appreciated.

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Voltronic makes the inverter and others rebadge them. There are also cheaper copies of the (already cheap) Voltronic inverters that are best avoided. In terms of quality... the Voltronics are good value for money for the simple reason that they cost so little money. You get what you pay for though. They don't have the same level of support or the same kind of warranty as other better inverters.

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Agreed they are good value for money, but obviously not the best you can get, I am very happy with mine though, personally I would say spend a little more and at least get the king

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9 hours ago, Donwil said:

So Voltronic manufacturers them and mecer rebrands them...is it basically the same inverter as the American bpp model, I see on YouTube videos?eg

https://youtu.be/ikDLxnf1ePQ

Yes, MPPSolar are another rebrander, and sell on Ebay under the maximum_solar seller. I use two MPPSolars myself. There are perhaps a dozen rebranders; as far as I know there are no Voltronic branded models. The genuine Voltronic machines are designed in Taiwan and manufactured in mainland China.

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Perhaps a Schneider for the equivalent of a Ferrari. Victron is more Toyota. Axpert is perhaps Great Wall. I'll get persecuted for this, I'm sure 😬

I'm sure @plonkster would have an opinion, if slightly biased (only because he works for Victron). Fronius as Mercedes? I know these guys love to talk cars, so...

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7 hours ago, Coulomb said:

Schneider for the equivalent of a Ferrari

Don't know if I would rate Schneider that highly, but the rest is not far off 🙂

There are two things one might consider, the one is how modern the design is, the other is how well it is built. Some people build old designs really well. The Victron design is not the most modern for example, neither is the SMA SunnyIsland, but they are really well built. Conversely, the Voltronics are more modern designs but they are built to a price. The Toyota analogy is actually not far off. Family member of mine used to work for Toyota. He asked a fellow engineer one day why Toyota still persists with the torsion-bar curved-arms hinge on the boot of the sedans (you know... then you always have to pack your luggage to leave room for the boot hinges!) when everyone else are using gas struts. The response was: *shrug*.... it works, why mess with it?

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