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Old 01-11-2014, 17:28   #106
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Re: Alternator does not Fully Charge the Batteries

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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.
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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, autopilot 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.
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Old 01-11-2014, 18:01   #107
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Re: Alternator does not Fully Charge the Batteries

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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.
Many thanks!
Larry
- How do you know you are not replacing the amps used?
- How do you know the wind and solar is "not used"

Are you simply basing your observation on volts?
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Old 01-11-2014, 18:02   #108
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Re: Alternator does not Fully Charge the Batteries

Yes, the early output is usually in the 40 amp range, and I do crank up the reefer & freezer to put cold in the bank as well as the autopilot doing it's crazy ivans.. The default settings for AGM is 14.38V @ 18 minutes for bulk, and 14.18 @ 18 minutes for absorption.
I would like to think I can increase the volts and duration of both phases to put more back in the battery bank.
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I do see some charging from solar and wind, as the link lite shows, but I never get back anywhere near the 100% (300Ah) I started with.
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