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Re: Plan B Load tester?

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John T

12-22-2012 19:13:57

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George, down below you asked about my Xantrex Truecharge2 automatic smart 3 stage charger

NO you DO NOT have to leave it on all the time, it automatically cycles through the initial 3 stages of Bulk,,,,,,Absorption,,,,,and then backs off to Float mode (once fully charged) and then you can remove it. Of course, if you want to utilize its Equalize feature to reduce sulfation its on and charges at very high voltage (like 16) for a short period to shock and rid the plates of excess sulfation (spelling???)

Do a Google search for Xantrex Truecharge2 Smart Charger for more info and specs, thats about all I have for ya now. Like I said I havent had mine that long but my buddies batteries lasted like 9 years using that charger. It has a series of charge indication LED's and you see it start at high charge (which voltmeter indicates) then slowlllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy reduce the charge

They are $350 to under $500 but if you want precise control and 3 or more stages, precise computer control and Equalize function and sulfation reduction, they arent cheap,,,,,, I have a small fortune invested in my batteries and I aim them to last. Ive used the regular cheap loud noisy buzzing poor regulated and poor controlled OEM converter chargers RV's come with and have ruined batteries with them grrrrr grrrrrrrrr

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George Marsh

12-23-2012 06:50:16

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 Re: Plan B Load tester? in reply to John T, 12-22-2012 19:13:57  

It sounds a lot like my BatteryMinder 12248 with the exception it can operate on a range of input voltages and frequencies, like those from an RV generator.

Sounds to me like all the chargers may try to slow down the aging process, but may not be the fountain of youth. When your battery's number is up, it's up.

I plan to use my batteryminder on the car and see what the dealer says about it's condition the next time I have an oil change, unless it dies in the mean time.

Is this the charger you are talking about?


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John T

12-23-2012 07:55:46

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 Re: Plan B Load tester? in reply to George Marsh, 12-23-2012 06:50:16  
Mines a 40 amp!!!!!!!! Xantrex Truecharge2 40

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George Marsh

12-23-2012 13:54:37

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 Re: Plan B Load tester? in reply to John T, 12-23-2012 07:55:46  
Most golf cart chargers charge at 20 amps.

Going to guess if you have four 6 volt batteries, there are 2 sets of series batteries and the series circuits are put in parallel, making 12 volts total. SOOOOOO your 40 amp charger is charging each battery with 20 amps, which is the normal rate for golf cart chargers, right?

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12-23-2012 08:10:18

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 Re: Plan B Load tester? in reply to John T, 12-23-2012 07:55:46  
Could roll your own:

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George Marsh

12-23-2012 13:42:57

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 Re: Plan B Load tester? in reply to JMOR, 12-23-2012 08:10:18  
It's too late Jessie, I've added the the computerized load tester to my bucket list. That's one tool I don't have. On a mission to find one.

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