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Old 13-07-2011, 01:08   #1
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Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

I've had this link 10 for 15 years along with my Heart Freedom 20. Lately the link 10 reading consistantly 1.5 v low and showing 5 to 6 amps going into the bank with no charging sources on. I can put a voltmeter right on the bus bars and confirm the discrepency. Anybody seen these do this. Maybe it has served its time aboard and needs to take a swim.
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Old 13-07-2011, 07:52   #2
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Re: Link 10 e-meter reading 1.5volts low

Owner's Manual ➥ http://www.evalbum.com/tech/e-mtrpdf.pdf
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Old 13-07-2011, 08:31   #3
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Re: Link 10 e-meter reading 1.5volts low

You've had this for 15 years?? If you completely disconnect it and it still shows current it may neeed calibration. More likely both problems are caused by a corroded wire somewhere in the system, either the battery charging circuit, or the "sensor wires" of the e unit.
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Old 13-07-2011, 10:27   #4
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Re: Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

I'll reterm all my twisted pairs in case a crimp broke, on quick inspection all was clean, tight and intact. I completely discon the sensing wires and reset back to default, reset amp-hour capacity, and still same. As far as I know there is no user recalibration for voltage. I have the manual. This thing is supposed to read voltage right out of the box when attached to a good sensing point (the positive bus bar) and amps when run thru the shunt. User setpoints for CEF, amp hour capacity, charge floor are just to provide you with accurate charging perameters and time to charge info according to manual. I'll reterminate the sensing wire though, good call, there's no reason why that wire coming right out of the unit to the pos house bus would read off unless it was faulty. Maybe Cruising equip (xantrex) has an option. thanks for letting me vent. I love this forum.
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Old 13-07-2011, 11:07   #5
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Re: Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

The caps are shot.

just don't buy Xantrex because it has become so bad that a new one won't survive for long.

Victron sells their BMV-600 / 602 series for not much $$$. Sold worldwide:

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Old 13-07-2011, 22:35   #6
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Re: Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

Thanks Nick, you're right about Xantrex, much better I thought when it was cruising equipment. I made the mistake of trying to complicate my system too much and installed one of those "echo chargers". After the 2nd one, I gave up and put in a 1-2-both selector switch. K.I.S.S.
The Victron looks like a good replacement. cheers, marc
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Re: Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

Come on, man, it lasted 15 years on a boat? That's not junk in my book, that's decent. I bought one 14 years ago for $99.00. Sold the boat so I wouldn't know if it still works but if it still does that would be $7.14 a year. I spend more than that on everything except shampoo.
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Re: Link 10 E-Meter Reading 1.5 Volts Low

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Come on, man, it lasted 15 years on a boat? That's not junk in my book, that's decent.
A lot can change in 15 years and it did for this brand. Today, you're better off with AC/DC equipment from Victron than almost anything else, while Xantrex is down at the bottom of quality and reliability today.

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