For all you battery
gurus out there, I have a question.
I am putting my PDQ32 cat on the hard
for 6 months in FL. It has a 400AH wet cell golf cart battery
bank (4 batteries
connected in series/parallel). There is a 145 watt solar
panel with a PWM controller supplying charge to the batteries
. I also have 2 12V starting batteries that are independent from the house bank and the solar
panel (they get charged from the port alternator). Last year, I left the solar panel on to charge the house bank and it worked beautifully. The batteries stayed fully charged, no reduction in the electrolyte level, and the specific gravity was perfect after 6 months. The starting batteries were not connected to a charger
and I charged them with a portable charger
after 3 months. After 6 months, they were ok, but a few cells looked borderline. I'm going to to equalize the starting batts and hopefully get all cells back to good.
So, this year I'm thinking of simply connecting the starting batteries to the house bank with jumper cables
and let the solar panel keep both banks charged. Can anyone think of a problem with this?