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Old 10-04-2019, 08:48 PM   #1
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Battery minder?

For those of you who store your Escapes during the winter: can you recommend a battery minder to keep the 6V batteries charged? I'm not sure what will work well with Interstate GC2 batteries. Thanks.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:16 PM   #2
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https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...%2C1234&sr=8-4

This is a good one. Just connect it to the same positive and negative posts as the trailer cables.
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If you are going to have power run out to the trailer for the Minder can't you just let the on board converter/charger do the job?
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If you are going to have power run out to the trailer for the Minder can't you just let the on board converter/charger do the job?


Maybe he’s going to pull the batteries?
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Thanks. Yes, I pulled the batteries. I'm storing them in the garage for the time being and want to keep their charge topped off. I've talked myself into replacing them with lithium batteries, fool that I am ($$$). Eventually I intend to use the old batteries in my ham radio station at home, connected to a solar panel.
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Thanks. Yes, I pulled the batteries. I'm storing them in the garage for the time being and want to keep their charge topped off. I've talked myself into replacing them with lithium batteries, fool that I am ($$$). Eventually I intend to use the old batteries in my ham radio station at home, connected to a solar panel.
Mike Are you changing out the converter? I have a Battle Born that I would like to use on long trips but I'm afraid to tie it in with he WFCO converter. Most of our trips the 100amp AGM is just fine but I think for longer trips I could benefit from the extra usable capacity of the lithium.
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Mike Are you changing out the converter? I have a Battle Born that I would like to use on long trips but I'm afraid to tie it in with he WFCO converter. Most of our trips the 100amp AGM is just fine but I think for longer trips I could benefit from the extra usable capacity of the lithium.
I don't intend to change out the converter at this time. I spend most of my camping without hookups, and I am upgrading the solar controller and installing a B2B charger. I'm hoping this will be enough to keep my batteries charged.
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Follow-on question: After storing batteries for several months connected to a battery tender, do you notice any significant decrease in electrolyte levels in the batteries? I'm wondering if the batteries will need maintenance during storage. I hope not.
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The one year I pulled the 6v'ers I would hookup the trickle charger about once a month, in about 30 minutes it would indicate charge complete. I do not recall noticing a fluid level drop, but that was 5 years ago.
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Mike Are you changing out the converter? I have a Battle Born that I would like to use on long trips but I'm afraid to tie it in with he WFCO converter.
I don’t know if this would meet your needs or not but the Progressive Dynamics WildKat main board was an easy swap within the existing WFCO 8955 enclosure and has a jumper for a lithium profile.

Progressive Dynamics 14.8v Charging Rate
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Follow-on question: After storing batteries for several months connected to a battery tender, do you notice any significant decrease in electrolyte levels in the batteries? I'm wondering if the batteries will need maintenance during storage. I hope not.
No maintenance during at least 6 months of storage in my experience. The battery minder referenced in Post 2, above, quits charging for long periods when the battery is charged and comes on again when the voltage drops below a certain level.
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I don’t know if this would meet your needs or not but the Progressive Dynamics WildKat main board was an easy swap within the existing WFCO 8955 enclosure and has a jumper for a lithium profile.

Progressive Dynamics 14.8v Charging Rate

Thanks for the info. That looks like a good option for upgrading the WFCO power panel without changing out the whole thing. I'll keep this in mind when I get to that point.
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I can also recommend the Battery Tender. I have used it on boat batteries for 6 months at a time, didn't need to add water, and that was over the Florida summers.
I use them on my motorcycles whenever they are parked. Without the Battery Tender I get 2 years from a motorcycle battery, with one I can go 5 yrs. Seems to stop sulfation.

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I don’t know if this would meet your needs or not but the Progressive Dynamics WildKat main board was an easy swap within the existing WFCO 8955 enclosure and has a jumper for a lithium profile.

Progressive Dynamics 14.8v Charging Rate
I was thinking of the PD converter. Can it be switched between an AGM profile and Lithium and then back?
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Thanks for the info. That looks like a good option for upgrading the WFCO power panel without changing out the whole thing. I'll keep this in mind when I get to that point.
There are some fairly good videos on the converter swap to a Progressive Dynamics in a WFCO panel. Also, I have way too many BatteryTenders (3) what I did to facilitate connect/disconnect was connect an SAE connector with 10awg wire to the battery. The BatteryTenders come with interchangeable connectors including SAE.
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