Originally Posted by 1affiah
I need help please, with the numbers. I've followed these threads until my eyes cross. I have a 300A AGM
house bank, a 60A Balmar
alt (largest that will fit), ARS-5 regulator
, a link lite monitor
, and 5-6 hours of motoring doesn't replace the 25-30 amps I used overnight. I know my usage is high (portable freezer) I also have solar
and wind charging
, but travelling the ICW
doesn't use them.
The lit for the regulator
says the max bulk volts is 14.4, and the max absorption is 14.7, and the batteries never get the least bit warm, as I check frequently with a handheld IR scanner.
I've played around with some of the settings of the ARS-5, but I'm really shooting in the dark here.
Clean your cable connections at the batteries... possible they just have that "wet" corrosion
layer on them. BTW: AFAIK a 100 amp alternator
frame is the same size as your 60 amp.... unless Balmar
has changed them...
How many things are running and drawing how many amps while you motor
? fridge, radar
etc could add up. I imagine a 60 amp alternator
puts out maybe 55 amps for a short time, but eventually it's gong to back off a lot.