Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-11-2011, 08:02   #46
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Centreville, VA
Boat: Lagoon 410 ELECTRIC!
Posts: 361
Re: Paralleling Battery Banks

Thank you sir!

Steve
__________________

__________________
Hyprdrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 10:28   #47
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,205
Re: Paralleling Battery Banks

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
Steve,

The Echo is a one way, directional device. It is designed to charge from a larger bank, to a smaller bank at up to 15A. It is a voltage follower so what the house bank see's is what the other bank will see, voltage wise, minus a slight voltage drop across the device. It is also voltage limited on the output side to 14.4V even if the other side is sending it 14.8V
I quit recommending the Echo charger, for starter banks that are wired just for start.

For one reason, I have seen many a starter bank with these pushing water, bc the house bank can be charging along above 14.4 for many hrs. A fully charged start bank with no loads continuing to be charged at 14.4 for hrs on end is really bad, all it does is generate heat.

I have changed my recommendation to Balmar Digital Duo-Charge. It's not much more money, and the price difference will be amortized in battery savings.

Lloyd
__________________

__________________
FlyingCloud1937 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 10:36   #48
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Centreville, VA
Boat: Lagoon 410 ELECTRIC!
Posts: 361
Re: Paralleling Battery Banks

Lloyd,
I've got that small Parasitic load (gage), it will discharge the battery 30/40% over a weeks time, is this enough to warrant the Echo? I've already purchased it.

Thanks,
Steve
__________________
Hyprdrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 10:53   #49
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 1,205
Re: Paralleling Battery Banks

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hyprdrv View Post
Lloyd,
I've got that small Parasitic load (gage), it will discharge the battery 30/40% over a weeks time, is this enough to warrant the Echo? I've already purchased it.

Thanks,
Steve
Hi Steve what "gage" is it, what is the amp draw, how big is the start bat?

If you use the Echo, and your start bat is small, and you have a big house bank that receives long charge sessions. Then I would probably wire a switch into the Echo.

This will allow you to turn off the Echo during long house bank charging, and then turn it back on when you get to float stage.

I find many of my customers either would forget to turn it on or off. Many might just take it one ear, only to pass it out the other ear.

My biggest hurdle is convincing the customer that bat banks are just unforgiving of mistake or neglect.

Lloyd
__________________
FlyingCloud1937 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2011, 13:50   #50
Guest

Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 433
Re: Paralleling Battery Banks

Quote:
Originally Posted by GordMay View Post
Some of those yards may employ electricians, charging for their advice.

Here, you have electricians & engineers offering their advice, for FREE.

That free professional advice gets tested/challenged by other knowledgeable people, also for free.
This free discussion/debate often lead to a synthesis much more valuable than any single expert's (commercial) opinion.

The CruisersForum is blessed with many knowledgeable contributors, making it an excellent source of valuable information.
Thanks Gord,
That was my point. I was on the forum to both learn and offer advice if I felt I was knowledgeable enough to do so. I am for the most part a DIYer and need all the help I can get, generally on these forums. I still can't uncover the question FlyingCloud was asking. Maybe I can't read.....
__________________

__________________
Noname is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Xantrex Link Pro Sailagain Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 52 19-11-2011 18:54
Do I Need a New Battery Charger ? Joe500 Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 2 18-09-2011 19:39
Battery Testing Methods Dockhead Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 12 28-08-2011 09:08
Optimal Size of Starting Battery Lars_L Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 25 10-08-2011 15:14
Start Battery Issues barbara ann Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 1 10-08-2011 11:59



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:47.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.