Looking for any help or thoughts on charging
systems for multiple battery
banks please. I have read threads which have been useful re the use of combiners and duochargers/echochargers and I think I have managed to fathom out a solution.
I have three battery
banks - starter which is a cranking flooded lead cell X2; house - AGM
batteries and a small ONAN genset starter battery which I am ignoring for the time being. I will probably just put it on a small independent solar
panel and regulator
for the ONAN.
The house batteries (array of 6V AGM's providing 690AH) are currently charged by a high output alternator
via a Smart Charger
that kicks in at 1500 revs. The starter is charged directly by another alternator
Two 80W solar panels
are connected to the house bank and starter, switched, via a regulator
(old but works although it has no readout so not sure how effective the also quite old panels
Havnt fathomed out the wind
The solution I am thinking about is:
1. Replace the old solar charger
with a Steca PR3030 with a readout so that I can monitor
whats happening with the solar array (presently really no idea).
2. Remove the switch for the solar between starter and house and wire the Steca to the house bank.
3. Fit a Xantrax Echocharger between the house bank and starter banks.
Some questions that I am unsure about
1. Will I have any problems with the fact that the starter battery is also charged by its own alternator?
2. Can I use a Xantrax echocharger between the house AGM's and starter flooded batteries.
3. Any other thoughts re better solutions?