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 01-28-2004, 09:33 Post: 75290
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I am thinking about getting one of these for my travel trailer..... any feedback?






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 01-28-2004, 10:53 Post: 75301
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Mark, it sounds like something out of Star Trek. And in that spirit you seem to have posted a web link to another dimension. Smile






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Mark, I could not get the link to work, but I found the site with a Google search. New Link attached.

Pulse charging is not new, but is not generally necessary for lead acid batteries. They say in their ad that sulfation is the leading cause of failure, but I tend to think that it is from losing water (over charging) or being overly discharged.

The battery manufacturers all call out a 13.8 volt continuous float charge. Deep cycle batteries do have a few quirks that I can research for you if you want, but I would go with a more conventional setup and a 13.8 volt constant voltage float.

I use a solar panel on my vehicles sometimes that will provide a daytime trickle charge. If I remember correctly, the quirk on the deep cycle batteries is with respect to trickle charging rather than float charging. The solar panel that I use is small and does little charging, but it will run the alarm system and other idle electronics and reduce power drawn from the battery.






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Most stationary LA batteries have a pulse charge system. There are larger mud shelfs in the battery and greater distances between the plates. Sulfonation is a problem. Most also have automatic watering systems.
I am not sure how this relates to the normal storage battery in a RV which is essentially a regular auto battery with slightly thicker plates.
I am not sure how this is going to add life to the battery over a regular solar charger. I would think the VRLA would solve the problem also as they are slower to discharge and eliminate the sulfonation problem.






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