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Old 12-09-2014, 05:46 PM   #61
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Bob we never changed out the unit in our Escape 19 combined with the 6 volt batteries all we did was take them in for the winter and re-install them in the spring. After 4 years we sold the trailer and the batteries were still good as new. We always kept track of the voltage drop over the years of use when we camped. Although not scientific, we never noticed any decline.

Now this is not to say there aren't better units on the market (thought I would put this in before anyone had heart failure) but what Escape installed in our trailer worked well for us.

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Old 12-09-2014, 05:47 PM   #62
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ETI uses Interstate batteries, the 6's are the the GC2-XHD-S you mentioned previously.

Make that the GC2-XHD, don't know if the S makes a difference.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:53 PM   #63
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Thanks Doug. I think we will just stick with the ETI batteries then and replace them with Interstates when they die down the road.



Oops, I certainly didn't read the thread carefully enough. My apologies. Thanks for the info on both the WFCO power unit and the Xantrex. The Intellipower link shows a graph of %charge vs Time at various voltages and the boost voltage of 14.4 takes around 4 hours. However, isn't this for a 12 volt battery. I assume that two 6 volt batteries take 8 hours (and it matches what I believe we used to experience when we charged our Nash). What concerns me is the maximum 4 hours of boost on the WFCO unit. It could mean a lot longer charging for us, and as we use a generator at the lake (Yes we use a generator when fishing. We charge the boat's electric batteries at the same time as the trailer, every few days. The noise from our Honda generator is more than offset by no outboard noise on the lake).

Though the Xantrex seems to be a better option, I don't have the bucks or the know-how to change over to it. We will have to live with whatever the WFCO gives us.
Thanks for the advice. I am blown away by the level of knowledge and skill on this forum.

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The ETI 6V batteries ARE Interstate U series.

You should think of them as 1 12V battery, they would take the same length of time to recharge - EXCEPT that their chemistry is different and they want higher voltages, so they will take longer and won't get fully charged. (And since they hold more amp-hours it may take longer to put them back - that depends on how far down you run them.)

Many here are happy with the battery setup, and it should be at least as good as the Nash (which is a nice sticky.)

With all LED lighting (optional and strongly recommended) the batteries should go much farther than with incandescent lights.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:06 PM   #64
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Mine are GC2-XHD-UTL, is that U series?
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:38 PM   #65
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The GC2-XHD is a direct replacement for the discontinued U series. They do have an ever so slightly different charge recommendation with the new series, I believe they have a slightly different chemistry inside but are functionally identical. The charge rates are lowered by .10 of a volt in the absorption stage.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:56 PM   #66
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Mine are GC2-XHD-UTL, is that U series?
Technically, no, I have been a bit sloppy with my terminology. But for all practical purposes, yes. The UTL/UT/S at the end indicate the type of battery post - they are all GC2-XHD.

The U series and GC2-XHD are not quite the same. The charging voltages are slightly different. The first table is U, 2nd is a special U, and 3rd is for our GC2-XHD ETI-supplied 6V batteries: Interstate Batteries FAQ :: How do I charge certain deep cycle 6-volt and 12-volt batteries?
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:37 PM   #67
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Getting back to my original question, will the WFCO handle the Duracell dual 6ers with 220 a/h without issues?
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Getting back to my original question, will the WFCO handle the Duracell dual 6ers with 220 a/h without issues?
I have not been able to find any info about the Duracell HPGC battery charging requirements.

I think it is safe to assume they do not require higher voltages than the Interstates, so the WFCO should do as well with Duracell 6V batteries as it does with Interstates. (And it will probably do better since the Duracells probably require more "normal" charging.)
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We had a few posts here about beer but we haven't covered food yet...just sayin..!..
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I have not been able to find any info about the Duracell HPGC battery charging requirements.

I think it is safe to assume they do not require higher voltages than the Interstates, so the WFCO should do as well with Duracell 6V batteries as it does with Interstates. (And it will probably do better since the Duracells probably require more "normal" charging.)
I'm not sure if this particular battery is made by East Penn but I know some of the Duracell brand batteries are.

http://www.dekabatteries.com/assets/base/1913.pdf
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