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Old 04-09-2013, 06:30   #16
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Re: Which Battery Charger?

I'm still not sure which charger would work best. Bill, now that you know the Iota is available with the 240v option does that change your opinion?

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:01   #17
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Re: Which Battery Charger?

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Thank you for that reference, but that still leaves me with contradictory information from two sources, each of which would seem to be trustworthy.

I'm still left wondering:
Does it vary by brand?
Is the information from Rolls a bunch of Hooey?
Is the generally-accepted standard-practice flawed?
Good questions, Jim.

The best answer I can give is that it depends. The two main factors, I believe, have to do with: (1) the very conservative nature of ratings and advice given by many battery manufacturers. Often, these are conservative in order to avoid possible problems and liability in cases where (2) users abuse or ignore their battery setups. I've heard also that sometimes recommendations are done more by marketing people and lawyers than by engineers.

On the more technical side, in my experience more batteries are killed by undercharging rather than overcharging. Nigel Calder, MaineSail, and others who work with batteries every day tend to agree. Recommended charging voltages are very conservative...too low...in many cases.

All lead-acid batteries have to be fully charged and maintained at a substantial float voltage in order to retard plate sulfation. In addition, some need to be equalized periodically....just holding them at float voltage isn't enough to completely avoid the sulfation process.

I've had good experience charging T-105s at 14.8 to 15.0 volts during the absorption phase, and floating them at 13.8 volts. Also, bumping back up to absorption voltage every day or two for 30-60 minutes seems to make a real difference in measured capacity. My Victron Multi-Plus is programmed to do just this.

But, if you're going to do this you need to properly care for your batteries, including using HydroCaps or WaterMiser caps, checking water levels frequently, keeping them clean and filled only with distilled water, etc.

If you're the type of person who doesn't want to bother with battery maintenance, then the manufacturers' more conservative charging/floating voltages are probably the best way to go.

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:06   #18
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I'm still not sure which charger would work best. Bill, now that you know the Iota is available with the 240v option does that change your opinion?

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Yes, somewhat. The Iotas would work, for sure. But, the Sterling Pro Ultras are more versatile and have features which are not available with the Iota, including a marine rating, programmable charging profiles, and a real equalization phase. They're more expensive, but probably worth the price difference.

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