XANTREX FREEDOM HFS INVERTER/CHARGER: No, inverter/
chargers aren’t the most glamorous of products, but the new Freedom
HFS is important to note because it has programmable “smart” battery
management ability, is a sine-wave-output unit that can be used with
sensitive electronics, and is available in 1,000 watt/55-amp and 2,000
watt/55-amp models. It also comes with quick-connect AC terminals
and an ignition-control feature that prevents battery drain. $625 to
Lenny Rudow is the electronics and fishing editor for BoatU.S.
Magazine and an editor for Boats.com.
SHAKESPEARE JELLYFISH: Sick and
tired of all those antenna sticking up off
the hard top? Shakespeare takes care
of that issue with the Jellyfish, a new
antenna that combines GPS, 2G, 3G, 4G,
and Wi-Fi in one small mushroom.
It’s IP67 waterproof, measures 1. 6 inches
by 4.0 inches, and can be flush or
pedestal mounted. $288;