How does the JFY inverter stack up against the rest?
Well so far, we’ve had a look at many different inverters including SMA, Aurora, CMS and Growatt. JFY is another Chinese inverter manufacturer. The big point to notice about this company though is it’s history as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) company. This is a HUGE bonus. A company with background expertise in UPS systems must make a pretty decent inverter… Right? By the way, JFY is also known as Shenzhen JingFuYuan Tech.Co.,Ltd. which is the name it uses under it’s CEC accredited inverter listing.
UPDATE: May 2016 – Our dealings with JFY to date have revealed that their business practice is not fantastic. Not only have we had many customer’s complain about inverter failures, but JFY have been extremely difficult to deal with. We placed an order for goods, JFY accepted. After money was sent they said they couldn’t fulfill the order. Instead they offered other products we weren’t wanting. So they gave a refund, but deducted hundreds for “bank fees”. We will never deal with JFY inverters again.
The JFY Inverter Range
OK so if you go and look at this JFY website here you’ll see that it doesn’t look very high tech. I mean, to be quite frank… It looks shit-house. It does, however, give you an overview of their range. The official JFY inverter and UPS website is here and gives you a much better experience.
The JFY inverter range includes:
- The single-string JSI series (JSI-1500TL, JSI-2000TL, JSI-3000TL, JSI-5000TL & JSI-6000TL)
- The dual-string SUNTWINS series (SUNTWINS 3300TL, SUNTWINS 4000TL & SUNTWINS 5000TL)
- The 3 phase SUNTREE series (SUNTREE-5000TL, SUNTREE-6000TL, SUNTREE-8000TL, SUNTREE-10000TL & SUNTREE-12000TL)
Pretty simple right?
The Good Things About JFY
JFY is a reasonably large company and more experienced one than some of the other Chinese inverter garbage out there. They have a solid background in electrical product manufacturing they have been in business since 2003.
The JFY inverter that you buy gives you:
- Reasonable efficiency, proven as one of the best Chinese products available
- Fair performance (they are a good, sturdy product and not highly likely to fail)
- A cheaper alternative to many other inverter brands
Of course, you do get the odd inverter failure which JFY will replace under their 5 year warranty policy. This has happened too often recently in my experience and the process for replacement is always a hassle. I’m very impressed by the JFY inverter range, but they don’t quite cut the cheese in terms of service.
Did you know that the JFY SUNTWINS 5000TL inverter allows up to 6,580W of solar panels on the input? This is ok to do under the CEC guidelines on this machine.
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What’s Not Great About The JFY Inverter?
OK so JFY is a good experienced company with a pretty decent product, so what are the drawbacks?
- No office in Australia
- Not as good as the SMA
- Poor customer support
- Poor business practices
That’s about it to be honest. If you want a half-decent solar inverter that does the job, without the hefty price tag, I’d consider JFY as a possible contender.