How are you feeling?? I hope all is well.
Thanks for the input, I think that is what I was asking and most likely what I should do. And after this discussion, I can see that I should also be more diligent about my charging
regimen. I don't think the batts are in bad condition at all. As you know, I was on shore power
until April, then came south. Motored a good deal of the time...so those batts saw a lot of charging
. Then the trip to the keys in June, some more sailing and motoring in July.
After a day of sun, the batts settle in at something over 12.82V. Applying 1 amp of load, the V comes down to perhaps 12.6 and stays there, going a little lower over the course of an hour or more. After the load is released, they pop right back up to near top voltage. Insofar as that little test means anything, they are at least decent if not good.
Using the inverter
, the draw with the computer on is 6.9 amps. Calculating from the power brick, the computer is only drawing 5.4amps. So...using a DC-DC power adapter should reduce the draw pretty significantly, and thus the drain. Every little bit will help.
Am not at all in dire straights here (wish I WERE in that band then...but...). Just want to optimize and be able to use the computer a little more...if I want to...that said, I am probably on too much as it is.
ps - SSB
is working great now. Made a cleaner connection to the antenna
and tweaked the ground quite a bit. Made a huge difference. Am one of the loudest and clearest boats here now. Making contacts at the upper limit of the band's propagation.