Originally Posted by Maine Sail
Supplementing with solar
would certainly be a help but with a small array the batteries will need a break from "loads" about once every two weeks to allow a FULL CHARGE for a few days. On a boat everything is a compromise.
From your described use Firefly Carbon Foam AGM'
s would probably suit you better as they can go much longer periods between full charges and still reconvert the lead sulfate.
Looking at the Firefly for the next time I replace the batteries. Looks like it could be a good fit for my needs and harder for me to kill..although I am sure I am up for a challenge!
Any suggestion on which, and how many to install? 3x4v, or 1 (or 2 in parallel) 12v? Unsure if/when they will come out with 6v
I assume I would charge them on the 'agm' setting on my charger
? Will have to change the setting on the balmar
614 as well
I would need new battery ends as I am using the thick stud terminals (to the loads) and screw terminals(to duo charge)
As of now I shut the refrigerator
off when not in use..the insulation
is so poor (1968 technology). adding insulation
is on the list to upgrade..Gone through too many methanol canisters this season already trying to keep everything alive
But excited about the firefly batteries. Hope they can take my abuse!