Originally Posted by RoJack1
Can anyone tell me, what is the difference (besides price) of a marine battery charger verses a regular charger? Providing of course, that both are of good quality and have the features you need. The only difference I have seen in reading the features of each in there advertising, is that the marine type say they are water proof. As high above the water line as my charger will be mounted, if the water ever gets that high, the battery charger,water proof or not, will be the least of my worries.
One difference is that to be certified as a marine battery charger it has to be "explosion proof", i.e., safe for use on a gasoline-powered boat or one with combustible gasses (e.g., propane).
IMHO, this is often irrelevant. Some years ago a houseboat behind me blew up because the "marine battery charger" was installed in the engine
room and the owner happened to hit the switch with his foot as he climbed in to investigate some gas fume odors. (He was lucky...got blown into the water and survived).
One battery charger which is NOT marine approved, but which works extremely well on boats is the Iota
series...from 15A to 90A. Great design, reasonably priced, and an excellent performer. I have two of them. Lots of others report great experience with them. Arizona Wind
and Sun is a good supplier.
But, to be extra extra cautious, I wouldn't install one on a gas boat or low down in a boat with propane