Gretchen and I have moved aboard our new to us boat, a 1978 Camper Nicholsons 44 ketch
. She has two, 24v banks for house, 24v starter batts and a 12v genset starter bat. All are wet cells. There is a 24v 30a ferro
, and a 24v alt on the engine
of unknown output. The genset is 4kw.
We are trying to find a slip in Annapolis
, where we can stay the winter. I have some long term ideas of simplifying the system to one lifepo4
200a bank, and the starter bats with an echo charger
We were energy independant on Alchemy, but it will take time to get there. In the meantime, I think the charger is the first upgrade to make. With a 4kw genset, just how big of a charger can we practically get away with? We don't even have an ah meter, so I dont know how much juice we are using.
Any specific recommendations on a charger that can do the wet cells now, and lifepo4
in the future?