I noticed this article also, and immediately thought of the equipment
I am using. I looked at the video presented on 'My Sailing', and the screen
shots of the presentation. The pulses look the same as the pulses my equipment
produces in 'Recondition' mode. If there is any real effect - and this type of technology certainly seems to be 'out there, so one would hope there is something in it - then the difference with this product is that it is working continuously, rather than occasionally when one connects a 'reconditioning' charger
to ones battery.
As to what I do, at the beginning (if I have time), but certainly at the end of the season, I isolate, and connect each bank in turn (service, engine
, and bow thruster) to a 50A 5-stage 'smart charger'. The charger
goes into analysis mode, then depending on what it finds, either goes into equalisation charge, or recondition then equalisation charge (not yet for my banks thankfully). This at least gets all the cells back up to maximum, before we leave the batteries in the care of solar
and/or shore maintenance charging
for the nine months we are away. So far this has worked well for us with batteries now having finished their fifth season, and still being OK.
Next season, I am intending to install 50A Anderson connectors next to the isolator switches, just to make it that much easier (isolate, plug
I guess a question will be what are the batteries we use? Well they are standard, 'sealed', flooded-cell lead acid. I have looked at the costs of gel and AGM
vs the extended service
life of these types of battery, and cannot see the value. You certainly get more life (and deeper discharge if you want to push it), but you pay more for it, and with AGM
, you need to ensure your chargers can handle the more critical requirements of this type of battery.
It works for us - simple, cost-effective, and replacements
when needed are available anywhere.