MT you had asked what my setup was for the Starter Battery charging
Well I have a little different setup than the rest of you guys, you see I'm an electric
boat not an ICE driven one. My starter battery starts a 16KW Genset which can take a bit of draw. Since the Genset is actually my charging
source rather than used to provide 120V service
(I'm "rectified" out to 144V DC) I decided to "simplify" and let the Alternator
(40A)charge only the Starter battery. It may not be the most efficiant use of the Alternator
but after reading about all the hybrid Alts. with triple belts and gold plating I figured it would be less strain on the system and my wallet.
My Genset charges the Propulsion
bank only. From there power is fed to a 144V to 12V charger
that keeps the House bank topped. I have an Echo charger
that hasn't been installed, my house batts are around 20' away from the start batt which was moved close to the Genset up front. The plan is to install solar panels
this year to take the load off the Propulsion
bank as much as possible.
Steve in Solomons MD