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Old 20-08-2012, 06:51   #16
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Re: Battery Alarm going off at 14.9V charge, what should I do?

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Small world. We were anchored last July in Saugatuck, MI (Lake Michigan) when another Little Wing sailed past us... now back to the original thread...

What specific error message were you getting on your laptop re: DNS?
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Ok I turned it off and trying to equalize now manually
One question, the controller has 3 options for charging wet cell batteries. I couldnt find any info on the manufacturers site but the batteries are exide 1403, 140Ah.
Which of these setting would be most suitable?

apsorption stage float stage equalize stage

1 14.4 13.7 15.1
2 14.6 13.5 15.3
3 14.7 13.5 15.4

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Like others, I would turn off automatic equalization. Limited to the above 3 options, I'd pick #3 - although FLOAT seems a bit high. But you should try to track down some Exide specific charging recommendations.

For example: Trojan Flooded
Abs 14.8
Float 13.2
Equal 15.5
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BTW, I tried to access the log file of the contoller with an ethernet cable connected to my PC, but couldnt connect. Something to do with my computer DNS , I also tried with the MSView software from tristar but couldnt connect. If anyone has a tip how to configure the PC to connect id love to hear (I tried with 2 laptops, same results)
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Did you check out their Ethernet connectivity documentation - link here
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Re: Battery Alarm going off at 14.9V charge, what should I do?

Thanks again, yes I read that and decided maybe I needed a crossover LAN cab,e, instead of normal, SO I bought one this morning in Gibraltar but no luck, it still wont connect. using Ms view or the web interface. Msview finds the device but when I try connect it says cant find connection on com1, Im not sure, its probably something simple...
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Thanks again, yes I read that and decided maybe I needed a crossover LAN cab,e, instead of normal, SO I bought one this morning in Gibraltar but no luck, it still wont connect. using Ms view or the web interface. Msview finds the device but when I try connect it says cant find connection on com1, Im not sure, its probably something simple...
Do you have to configure MSView to look on the ethernet port? Sounds like it is looking for RS232 / USB.
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Re: Battery Alarm going off at 14.9V charge, what should I do?

yeah I tried that, to no avail. Ill ask a mate who is more technical than me to have a try a bit later and let you know how it goes.
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Re: Battery Alarm going off at 14.9V charge, what should I do?

wet sells being lead acid? the first charging stage is good
your bank is only 3 months old ?? equalisation is done once a year, go to manuel,
and; since bank so recent did you have shore power before without this problem??
maybe some strange connection blew your charge controller while being fed with shore?
watch charge in full daylight should not pass 14.4V otherwise gassing, losing liquid and deformation plates, or are they tube ones?
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wet sells being lead acid? the first charging stage is good
your bank is only 3 months old ?? equalisation is done once a year, go to manuel,
and; since bank so recent did you have shore power before without this problem??
maybe some strange connection blew your charge controller while being fed with shore?
watch charge in full daylight should not pass 14.4V otherwise gassing, losing liquid and deformation plates, or are they tube ones?
Only charging at 14.4 instead of 14.8 V will leave most flooded batteries approximately 20% under their maximum available usable power, when considering 12.2 V as 50% discharged. As noted above, Trojan batteries recommend the higher voltage and from what I read this is true and safe for most flooded batteries. This is not even considering temperature, as a cold battery may require 15.2 V, or voltage drop in the wiring from the controller to the battery which can be considerable (say another .4 V) if small wires (smaller than 4 guage) or the controller is placed too far from the batteries (more than 3 feet.)
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Re: Battery Alarm going off at 14.9V charge, what should I do?

As we don't know the exact configuration I would like to stay on the safe side, this comes from 15 years of living of the grid,
and not from what I've just read in a book, A...
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As we don't know the exact configuration I would like to stay on the safe side, this comes from 15 years of living of the grid,
and not from what I've just read in a book, A...
Well, you probably know better than Trojan, HandyBob and numerous others, so go ahead and keep your batteries undercharged and unhealthy.
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