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Old 05-06-2020, 09:12   #1
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Charging solution needed!

Hello everyone, I have an Erickson 27. With a 48v electric conversion. Iím a newbie and would like to have a bit more range. Iím looking for a charging solution. I have 4 lifeline 8Dís. Wired in series. Iíve been told if I put panel on my boat. It would fry one of my batteries. (The one hooked to it) and that I would need a ďsolar panel regulator ď I thought that this is what a charge controller would do. Ultimately the solar guy said that my budget (2000-3000) was not possible. Iím pretty sure Iím justĒ pees on His plateĒ. And I can understand that. But Iím sure one of you smart people out there have Ďbeen there done thatí. Thanks in advance for any help/anecdotal info you give.
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Old 06-06-2020, 00:36   #2
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Re: Charging solution needed!

A solar regulator is a charge controller.

How much area do you have to fit solar panels?

Do you normally dock at a marina with power?

How much range do you currently have?

How much range do you consider the minimum?
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Old 06-06-2020, 01:18   #3
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Re: Charging solution needed!

You can’t hook a panel to one of your batteries. You need to charge all 4 at 48v. You’ll need a 48v charge controller. Which means your Solar array will have to be well over 48v. Otherwise you’ll need a boosting controller of some sort.

Either that or solar charge your house bank. And then get a dc - dc charger for house 12v? to 48v bank
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