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Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Battery Charger - 12V - 80 Amps

Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Battery Charger - 12V - 80 Amps

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Converter charger changes AC shore power to DC power to run 12V loads and quickly charge your RV batteries at the campground. Charge Wizard accessory (sold separately) upgrades the unit to a smart system to extend the life of your batteries. Lowest Prices for the best rv converters from Progressive Dynamics. Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Battery Charger - 12V - 80 Amps part number PD9180A can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Progressive Dynamics RV Converters - PD9180A

  • 80 Amps
  • Lead Acid
  • 12V
  • Progressive Dynamics
  • Standard Charge

Converter charger changes AC shore power to DC power to run 12V loads and quickly charge your RV batteries at the campground. Charge Wizard accessory (sold separately) upgrades the unit to a smart system to extend the life of your batteries.


Features:

  • Converter charger changes AC shore power to DC power to quickly charge your RV batteries
    • Provides continuous power to your DC breaker panel to run 12V loads
    • Works with flooded lead acid, AGM, and gel batteries
  • Charging system senses battery voltage and decreases current as the battery approaches full charge
    • Charge Wizard (sold separately) provides automatic multistage charging to extend battery life
  • Built-in safety features protect your RV's electrical system
  • UL listed
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 12V battery systems
  • Rated power output: 1,300 watts
  • Amperage output: 80 amps
  • Voltage:
    • Input: 105 - 130 VAC
    • Output (no load): 13.6 VDC
    • Output (full load): > 12.6 VDC
  • Temperature ranges:
    • Operating range: 32 F to 122 F
    • Storage range: -4 F to 176 F
  • Cable length: 30"
  • Dimensions: 9-1/8" long x 7-3/8" wide x 3-5/8" deep
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • 2-Year limited warranty


Replacement Cross-Reference:


  • WFCO WF-9875 (with PD9105V Charge Wizard added)
  • Iota DLS-75

Note: Not all units are a direct replacement. Modifications may be required.


converter charger

This converter charger converts AC shore power into DC power and charges your battery bank. If your RV already has a stock converter charger, it will need to be removed to ensure this unit operates properly.


Charging Operation

During the charging process, the charger senses your battery bank's voltage and decreases the current as it reaches full charge. This decrease helps prevent overcharging, which can damage the battery. It is compatible with flooded lead acid, AGM, and gel batteries.


charge wizard

The available Charge Wizard (sold separately) upgrades the converter charger to automatically switch voltages while the battery bank charges. This accelerates the charge, but also helps extend battery life by adjusting the voltage during the different modes. The Charge Wizard simply connects to the TCMS port on the back of the converter charger.


Safety Features

cooling fan

The system includes a number of safety features. It has a reverse polarity protection that will protect the converter if the battery is hooked up incorrectly. Additionally, the unit includes protection for overvoltage, undervoltage, and overcurrent, which can damage your equipment, as well as the converter. It also has GFCI protection that shuts off power when there is a current imbalance. The built-in cooling fan also removes excess heat from the unit. The fan speed is proportional to the internal temperature on the converter, so when the power demand is low, the fan will operate quietly.


How It Installs

The converter mounts horizontally inside your RV in a dry location with ventilation. However, as long as the unit has sufficient ventilation, it can also be mounted vertically. The mounting hardware is not included.


terminals

The DC output terminals wire to the battery bank. The AC in cord plugs into a 120V 3-wire grounded outlet.




PD9180AV Progressive Dynamics PD9100 Series Battery Converter Charger - 12 Volts - 80 Amps

Replaces PD9180A

Installation Details PD9180A Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power RV Converter and Battery Charger - 12V - 80 Amps - PD9180A

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (519 Customer Reviews)

Converter charger changes AC shore power to DC power to run 12V loads and quickly charge your RV batteries at the campground. Charge Wizard accessory (sold separately) upgrades the unit to a smart system to extend the life of your batteries.

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Good fit for the converter. Nice.



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Have not yet installed.
It would have
been nice to receive written info and specs on the unit



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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


Based on other reviews, I received this product about as expected. Shipping took a very long time, this took 9 days to arrive after notification of shipping. The product was not packed very well, it does not have any visible damage from shipping though, which was a concern considering how the box looked. There are no instructions with the product. As expected, the lithium/AGM switch has a damaged solder joint.
Over-all if there was another similar product from any other vendor available, I would have bought something else. At this time I'm not aware of anything else in stock, so this will do and I will make the needed repairs to make it work. It will be replacing the current control panel in our camper so we are able to charge LiFePO batteries.


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I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/07/2022

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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


I had my son-in-law who is an electrician install the converter. The converter is working good and the battery charge was really good. I believe that the water pump pressure was the best I had in a long time which indicates how well the battery is charged.

The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that I think that a better manual could of come with the converter. When I connected the battery there was a green flashing light that I didn't know what it meant but after an internet search I found out what it meant.
E-trailer was great to deal with, fast service and answered my questions quickly,


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The converter and charger is working very well and I like how I dont have to watch how well the battery is charged
Raymond - 10/08/2021

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The only reason I gave this a 4 is because of the way that it was packaged for shipment. The item itself is a clear 5 stars.

It came crammed in a box with no padding whatsoever alongside a 30lb 36' 50a cord. Luckily there was no damage to the unit itself. Also didn't come with the two extra wires that it said it did, I could have used them but worked around it.

Install was a breeze. I upgraded my travel trailer from a 30 amp with a WFCO WF-8955PEC to this unit. It took around 3-3.5 hours from start to finish.

Would highly recommend this unit to anybody looking to upgrade their 30amp service.

The only thing that would make this nut better is if they removed the slide lock Romex holes in the back and made it to where you could add you're own locks in. I had to fight it a couple times to get my wires where I wanted them.

10/10 would recommend.


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I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 01/11/2022

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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


The Progressive Dynamic 80 amp lithium charger is a great product. Charges the lithium batteries very fast. Its a simple well built charger converter. I've used it for about 8 months now.

I used to own a 40 amp Progressive Dynamic regular battery charger converter on my previous rv. It worked great for the 12 or so years I owned it.


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Have used this charger for past year. No problems or complaints. Does a great job.
Scott - 05/04/2022

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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


There is obviously a manufacturing issue with the circuit board of the PD4135 converter charger. When I received the first one that I had ordered, I went to switch the converter to lithium battery operation, and noticed that the bottom pin of switch S1 was not soldered to the circuit board pad. E-trailer promptly sent me a replacement converter which I received today. The first thing I did was to check the solder on switch S1. The picture shows the switch in the condition received (exact same issue). I will be looking at a different solution for my converter/charger needs.


Comments
I will have our customer service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/07/2021

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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


So far I think this unit is perfect for my cargo trailer conversion. It was simple to install and for the money you can hardly build something similar. I took off one star however since the S1 switch for Lithium battery charging was not properly soldered to the board (one leg had detached). I was able to fix it easily enough but not everyone is comfortable soldering surface mount components on a PCB.



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I wanted to let you know that I received my order; for my PD9100/ 9200 series power converter. It arrived in good order and well packaged. I look forward to installing it. Thank you so much for making this a very pleasant experience!
I will be using your company again in the future. You guys still have great customer service and a friendly and informative staff.



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I purchased this unit as a backup incase my original one had problems after I changed my AGM batteries for my new Lithiums. So far the original unit is doing well, but I am glad to have this one in these times of shortages. The part that really concerns me was that it was the only thing in the box that traveled with UPS for four days. No packaging material was securing the plastic unit inside, nothing to keep it from bouncing around inside. Thankfully it arrived without damage, I am surprised.



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All wired in and seems to be a great product. Installing was pretty simple if you have any clue about electrical. Make sure you look at the install directions on the product page. The ones with the unit aren’t real good. Would have given 5 stars, but this transaction with etrailer was the worst I’ve had. Typically receive orders in 2-3 days. It took 2 weeks to the day to get this one. It posted shipped the day I ordered. A week later 2 phone calls and an email it finally showed up in their local post office.



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Since I just finished installing this converter late today, I don't have any operational history on which to rate it, thus the Average rating. I do have a couple comments about the product itself.

1.I believe the PD4135K would be ideal for a small travel trailer or a van conversion with few powered features. In my case I have a fully loaded 2002 Roadtrek 190. The OEM supplied documentation listed an Elixer 4500 Converter, however that was substituted or later replaced with a Centurion 3000 Converter which was no longer keeping the RV battery charged. The Centurion unit had 9 usable fused 12VDC circuits while the PD4135K has 7 total and 6 usable for distribution. Compounding this issue was the fact that the Centurion unit had three fused circuits with two separate and different loads connected - a definite No-No for safety's sake. The solution was to install an Auxiliary Fuse Block and feed it from F2 on the PD4135K. The pig tailed leads on the PD4135K were a definite asset in this type of installation.

2. My installation required the use of all three dual 120VAC Breakers (6 circuits) which leaves very little room for wiring within that small compartment. While difficult, it can be done, though I suspect doing so pushes the NEC to the limit.

I'll make two suggestions for anyone contemplating such a project. First, consider carefully the number of circuits(both 120 VAC and 12VDC)you need to accommodate without doubling up. It may be worthwhile to purchase a higher amperage rated converter to get the needed circuits and additional room for wiring. Second, mark every wire with a unique number before disconnecting it and record that number along with the circuit's function and fuse rating. Wire markers are available at your local [online]. As well, white adhesive tape and a black marking pen works fine. Doing this may save you time and later frustration.

THIS REVIEW AND PICTURES EMAILED!



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I have a few comments for e-trailer.
-When
I called to get the optional neutral bus bar for the AC side of this center, the rep did not know what I was talking about. Maybe y'all can just send me that.
-I attached pictures of how my product was boxed/shipped. It is hard to stop the carrier from damaging the box which was somewhat mangled. But the unit was not packed with any foam, plastic bag or packing material to protect it during shipping. It was just tossed in a box. It looked as if the cover and the converter bounced around inside the box. Hopefully, Etrailer packs future shipments better.


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I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you. I checked and we do not currently carrry the bus bar on our site.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/02/2022

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I've had this converter installed for about a year, it has performed flawlessly. All my battery issues went away, and haven't had to work on anything since.
I installed a smaller unit on my parents RV also, they have had the same great results



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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


Unfortunately this converter was not a “drop-in” replacement (as advertised by PD) for the existing converter in my trailer. It’s actual dimensions are larger and would not fit in my existing converter space. I should have double checked the specs. More disconcerting was that it was shipped without the factory packaging and manuals by etrailer. It came in a box with paper padding that seemed inadequate to protect sensitive electronics. etrailer needs to do better than this.


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I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you. The overall dimensions are 12.25 inches long by 8.75 inches tall by 7.25 inches deeo. The rear cutout dimensions are 10.75 inches long by 7.25 inches tall.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/31/2022

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Review from a similar Inteli-Power in RV Converters


After a year of ownership, I continue to be very happy with the Progressive Dynamics RV Converter. In particular, the multi-stage charging feature keeps my battery much healthier. Highly recommended!


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Still extremely satisfied! The battery minder feature is terrific for cold Midwest Winters!
R. L - 03/21/2022

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When my 40-amp converter suddenly quit working, I began searching for a replacement after confirming with my multimeter that there was no output. I found very few 40-amp and those were very $$$. I contacted etrailer.com to see if I could replace with a 45-amp. A quick response assured me it would assuming the 12v wiring would be heavy enough since an additional 5-amps would be minimal. The installation was very simple, and the system was immediately restored.
THANKS, etrailer!!



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Worked perfect with my four 100 AH Lithium batteries....

Stock Winnebago charger was a weak 30 amps @ 13.2 V.....this baby delivers 80 amps @ 14.4 V. which reduces generator runtime on cloudy days when the roof solar is not producing.

Had to change the 15 amp RV panel breaker to 20 amps...no big deal...I'm happy with this purchase.



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Because the World Friends converter in our little Guy Mini Max was beginning to fail, I ordered a PD 4135; Quinn very helpfully took my order. Unfortunately, the new converter had no 12VDC output. Kailey promptly made arrangements for a warranty replacement. When I had trouble downloading the UPS return shipping label, Jamie guided the necessary process. I know problems sometimes occur with anything that is purchased, but etrailer has met and overcome the challenges. The new PD 4135 is working very well. Thank you, etrailer.



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Super converter and charger! I bought it to replace the OEM charger in my Airstream, which died in the middle of a road trip and left us with dead batteries. The Progressive Dynamics charger determines how run down your batteries are and adjusts the voltage to recharge the batteries as quickly and efficiently as possible.



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The price as promised was the lowest I could find. The communication via e-mail was informative, and timely. The item that I ordered was shipped promptly. Once the item was shipped, I was able to track the purchased item via a tracking link. The item arrived snuggly packaged and looks untouched.



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Works as advertised. I can charge two 100 AH LiFePo-4 batteries with no trouble at all. Just make sure you use decent gauge wire because this charger is a beast! Smaller gauged wire will heat up due to the amount of current this thing delivers. It does constant current charging and then switches to constant voltage to top off the battery. Well worth the money!



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So far so good! I build my own power center modeled after the ones in RV for our enclosed trailer. Its been working great. I bought fuses at the auto parts store, and bought circuit breakers at home depot no problem. I did contact progressive dynamics because it seems that there are places you can buy these cheap but the serial number is not recognized by progressive dynamics meaning you have no warranty and probably cant return it to those places. But since etrailer was not listed on progressive dynamics website as a retailer, I contacted them, gave them my serial number, and they confirmed that etrialer is a preferred dealer, and my serial number is legit....
I contacted progressive dynamics also during installation, and they were very helpful. I was concerned the the wire coming out of the unit that hooks up to your 12 v batteries was 12AWG. I though that seemed too light a gauge, and should be at least 10AWG maybe 8AWG. Progressive dynamics, technical guy said that they have a special high temp insulation on those wires and they can indeed handle 40 AMPS. He recommended (which looks odd installed) but I ran 8AWG from my battery, and spliced it to the 12AWG wire on progressive dynamics unit.
No Complaints so far, its been running great and charging the batteries. No regrets.



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Quality product. Great phone support from Progressive Dynamics. Replaced a WFCO unit and needed some clarification on the wiring ... needed to wire the 12V main power lines slightly different than the WFCO, but support clarified how to do it! eTrailer and YouTube videos also helped!



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I replaced the WFCO 8735 with this PD4135. I have very little electrical experience. I found the little S1 switch the moved it to the "on" position (for lithium). I studied, took photos and tagged every wire. It worked out great. I so happy. It makes my battery happy too.


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