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Old 04-11-2016, 06:59   #16
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Re: Multiple simulaneous charging sources?

Thanks guys.

I did manage to find this interesting article which addresses the exact concern I had with regard to having multiple charging sources on the same circuit. It does talk about how regulators will not see the proper battery voltage because it is already being charged by something else.

".......When two battery charging systems are working side by side simultaneously, each follows its own internal algorithms to get the job done. However, when this happens, and the two charging systems measure the battery voltage to determine which charging stage they should each be in, they don’t see a “real” value. They see an artificially elevated battery voltage due to the presence of the other charging system. This can throw one or the other or both systems off of their normal Bulk-Absorb-Float cycle......."

Ultimately however, it does work with little chance of damage to anything.

Here is the full article...

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