I tried to make it clear to Riley and then you that I was not recommending them but that I did like the features promised by the Sterling.
I must recheck the other LI threads where this warning was posted, I try to catch them all and this thread is the first I've heard of these problems with Sterling.
I've think I've read every post on both threads and followed them since their inception, please refer to my first 4 posts here wherein I referred Riley to the house bank thread and thanked some of the major contributors.
I do appreciate all who have put so much effort into them.
As for the products I'm 'recommending' for lithium, what would they be exactly?
614 I recommended, the V3 and the now revealed to be problematic Sterling? I did direct you to that Sterling site so you could see what I was seeing and said this when you kindly reponded:
"If 'many feel' there's a cloud over the Sterling then it would be better to wait until the ability to charge at the desired rate is clarified.
Forgive me but I will not be waiting for any consensus, though it's a noble idea, just clarification from Sterling will do
Well the detailed 'clarification' from Maine
will do me but I will report whatever the Sterling manual claims. I had thought them to be a reputable company until now.
Is the V3 also totally unsuitable?
Yes, I did suggest a source of lithium cells by providing a link to a retailer near where his boat is located but this is hardly an endorsement.
Mate, I still can't see why Hitachi alternators are so problematic but in all the years I've been a constant reader of this forum, I've seen many 'things' sent to the shop while people waited at the dock
and said to myself WHY?
Equally I've learned so many practical 'things' that have made the experience most enjoyable, fruitful and valuable.
I have followed your writings here and elsewhere, incl. your own site, for a number of years, I do trust your skill and professionalism and thank you for the detailed heads up on the Sterling. Especially where to get a known good Li regulator
I had already deferred to Noelex's warning, see my answers to him above and in post #43 had already nominated the Balmar
614 for use.
I do not have one and my opinion was informed by your use and commendation of it, even with non Balmar, eg. Electromaxx, alternators.
Cheers to you both,
PS LOL MaineSail posted the answer to Hitachi thing as I was typing.