Originally Posted by tuberider
I have a cycle counter for my battery, I know its works off of voltage but how does it determine when a battery has been cycled. What are the parameters.
While the thread is offering an interesting discussion on cycles, the original question seems to have been lost
Did you ever determine what exactly you have on your boat
and if it is indeed a battery charging
Regarding what is a cycle. Certainly discharging to any significant degree and then recharging to 100% is a cycle but I think the most accurate way to look at cycles is that there is a range of cycles, deep to shallow. A battery's life will be determined by several factors beyond a very simplistic "how many cycles".
- How many cycles
- How deep each cycle is
- How long a battery sits discharged before being recharged.
- How often the battery is charged to 100%
- Is the battery equalized on a regular basis.
- temp of the environment
- rate of current
draw from the battery.
- rate of charge into the battery
- etc, etc etc
This of course doesn't even begin looking at the battery chemistry, construction, etc.