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Old 12-10-2014, 07:28 PM   #81
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That Noco looks good. I think I will put the CTEK 4.7 in my daughters trailer (which will have a single 12V), and pick one of these up.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:20 PM   #82
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But my battery is already hooked to solar as well as the on board WCFO converter, is it possible all three may compete or conflict with each other?
Not as long as you use them one at a time!
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:39 AM   #83
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But my battery is already hooked to solar as well as the on board WCFO converter, is it possible all three may compete or conflict with each other?
I believe the CTEK would be either a stand alone, or you could hard wiring it in, replacing the WFCO as your on board charger. You would not have both the CTEK and the WFCO powered up and connected to your batteries at the same time.

If you pull your batteries for the winter, you could use the CTEK to periodically top them off, it looks like it's really meant to be a portable stand alone.

If I were to be looking to replace the WFCO, I'd use something with more output then 4.3Ah to charge a 220 amp battery bank.

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On my trailer (non-GoPower), when the WFCO charger is outputting the solar does not, must see the voltage and figure it doesn't need to charge the batteries. No idea what would happen with a 3rd charger online.
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Just ran across this since we have an 80W portable Zamp solar system. Looks interesting, a wireless Bluetooth device to monitor your batteries.

Batterycheck - Wireless RV & Marine Battery Management.
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Just ran across this since we have an 80W portable Zamp solar system. Looks interesting, a wireless Bluetooth device to monitor your batteries.

Batterycheck - Wireless RV & Marine Battery Management.
I just ordered one of those, it appears to function like the Trimetric battery monitor via your smart phone. The company also will offer a 10% discount to forum members. I'll post the install pictures and detail upon receipt of the unit next week.
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Here are some more details on product
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Just ran across this since we have an 80W portable Zamp solar system. Looks interesting, a wireless Bluetooth device to monitor your batteries.

Batterycheck - Wireless RV & Marine Battery Management.
Interesting. It is the monitor plus the current measurement shunt in one package, depending on the mobile device (smartphone or tablet) for display/controls, linked by Bluetooth; this is similar to many devices for monitoring vehicles through the OBD port.

This appears to be the manufacturer's web site: BM PRO - BatteryCheck

The capacity should work for most people, but if you're running a 1500 watt inverter fully loaded, you'll need more current than it can handle.

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I just ordered one of those, it appears to function like the Trimetric battery monitor via your smart phone. The company also will offer a 10% discount to forum members. I'll post the install pictures and detail upon receipt of the unit next week.
I look forward to hearing how it goes.
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Looks like it won't work with my two 6 volts wired in series. Only works with multiple batteries in parallel.
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I was told it will work because you end up with a single 12v. you install it on the negative side that has the connection to the solar, not the negative that connects to the positive that combines the two. I have a person at Zampsolar you can talk with. I specifically mentioned I was switching from a single 12v to dual sixers hooked in series and he said, no problem.
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Looks like it won't work with my two 6 volts wired in series. Only works with multiple batteries in parallel.
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I was told it will work because you end up with a single 12v.
Right. It doesn't matter whether the six lead-acid cells are in one box or split into two: it's still a 12V battery.

The specs say the battery bank can have up to 800 amp-hours of capacity, and the Escape dual 6V setup is less than one-third of that size.
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