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Old 05-14-2013, 01:53 PM   #11
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I ordered the digital 400 to try out
OPTIMA® Digital 1200 Charger 12V Performance Charger :: OPTIMA® Batteries
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #12
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That looks like a decent charger.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:56 PM   #13
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The one I bought was a Pro-logix
Part No. PL2216 . I got it from greggs distributors.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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I bought a charger last summer that does all four charges but is automatic and the different charges can not be selected.
Is the fourth an equalize charge? This is something that our trailers don't have, but would be nice to be able to do once in a while.
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I think it is called a "sulfating" mode, where it boils the sulfites off the plate with high volts.
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Is that not also called the "equalization" charge ?
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:36 PM   #16
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Yes, another name for equalization. Then you have bulk, absorption,float are the others.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:59 PM   #17
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One complaint I have read about regarding the chargers/controllers provided by Escape is they are very slow. Now this is coming from someone who does not own a charger so I have nothing to compare. That model of charger is widespread in RV's and some other forums had some critical comments regarding time.

The Escape provided charger does the three levels that Jim describes, but you cannot select which one, it is all dependent on the charge in your battery and current draw. Does a separate or independent charger allow you to select how to charge the battery?
I replaced the controller that came with my Escape with a 4 stage controller made by PowerMax that takes the bulk charge voltage up to 14.6 volts (close enough) which is about where it should be for the 6 volts batteries we have. I get a quicker, more complete battery charge now. I also upgraged my solar charge system with a Morningstar Tristar charge controller that I can adjust and program. It bulk charges to 14.8 volts where it should for these big wet cell batteries.
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I think the best charger for a battery is solar, solar systems are gentler that a/c converters, I have been told.
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I think the best charger for a battery is solar, solar systems are gentler that a/c converters, I have been told.
Jim, you are right! I've read that solar controllers manage charging better because they have to. The amount of charge voltage and power from the panels varies depending on the sun but batteries cannot be over-charged (too much voltage for too long) or they will be damaged. They also need to charge efficiently when the sun is available. The latest solar controllers are really high tech. My Tristar controller is used in many commercial applications that are remote and not monitored on a daily basis. It has to be very efficient and very reliable.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #20
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Folks that have the Escape trailer solar option have an additional separate charger, user configurable for flooded cell, AGM, or Gel type batteries. This controller includes a equalizing algorithm that applies equalization to flooded cell types for 2 hours every 28 days and whenever the voltage has dropped below 12.1 volts. As long as the trailer is being stored with direct daylight available to the solar cell the battery(s) shouldn't be removed/disconnected for storage.
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