I've been playing with the search feature trying to answer my own question, and while I didn't find any exact info, I've learned a ton, and may now be slightly less obtuse in asking.
I'm looking to add an inverter/charger to our coastal cruiser, as part of an overall house bank upgrade. I'll have 440Ah of capacity when finished (4x 6v golf cart batteries). I've narrowed my choices down to the Xantrex Freedom 20 (recently discontinued but still available new) or it's replacement, the Xantrex Freedom HF-1800.
The Freedom 20 has:
100 amp charger
The HF-1800 has:
40 amp charger
is mostly used for short trips, max of about a week. I'd like to eventually start taking longer trips (up to two to three weeks), but I still don't venture beyond two days from a marina. She's my learning boat
, and also my "introduce the admiral to the world of boating" boat (so far, so good). As such she spends most of her life plugged in to shore power
So the question is whether or not the charger on the 1800 is undersized for my bank (which it seems to me to be much less than the 25% guideline), and whether the equalization mode is important. The 1800 is half the price
, which would allow me to get a couple of solar panels
and a controller with the price
difference. Given my usage, planned usage, and battery
bank, will I regret getting the smaller charger and the solar panels
? Is the lack of equalization mode a deal breaker?
Thanks in advance for your time,