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Old 01-19-2018, 09:29 PM   #11
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I see many devices describe having an "equalization" phase, usually states it is done every 30 days. I notice one of the GoPower models of controllers states the "equalization" phase is an option. Unless you smell the off gassing or the CO alarm goes off you may never know it is occurring.

How can you confirm that an "equalization" has been done?
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:52 PM   #12
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I see many devices describe having an "equalization" phase, usually states it is done every 30 days. I notice one of the GoPower models of controllers states the "equalization" phase is an option. Unless you smell the off gassing or the CO alarm goes off you may never know it is occurring.

How can you confirm that an "equalization" has been done?
Good point. I have noticed the higher voltage charge cycles running on occasion on the solar controller monitor, but never checked for off gassing at the batteries.

On my Go Power controller, the equalization phase runs if you set your battery profile to flooded. It is skipped for the AGM and GEL profiles.
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I question if most roof top solar panels can produce enough power to operate the equalization process, I believe the standard is two hours. Perhaps two panels with full summer sun might do it. I know my portable 120 watt panel, angled properly and aligned with the sun will not kick into equalization. The recommend charge rate, from the Interstate website, for dual six volt batteries is 15.6.

Couple that with my prior question of "How can you confirm that an "equalization" has been done? " and I wonder if anyone is equalizing. That is why a device, like the BatteryMinder that Eric recommends, may be the only sure method of equalization.

In defense of not equalizing, it is not as important for those who do not let their battery levels drop below 50%. The villain is running the batteries too low. Most conscientious users do not need to equalize.
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In defense of not equalizing, it is not as important for those who do not let their battery levels drop below 50%. The villain is running the batteries too low. Most conscientious users do not need to equalize.
And some contend that unnecessary equalization cycles reduce battery lifespan.
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Excellent. Post #9 gives a detailed explaination re equalization. Post 10 tells me I don’t need to worry or do anything since I don’t let my batteries drain down.. The rest of the posts seem to confirm post #10. Call it “confirmation bias” if u will but I’m loving post #10 which means I don’t have to do anything

And truth be told I have a hard time believing that my good online friend Glenn Bagglo has ever “equalized” his batteries.

As Forrest Gump famously said “one less thing”. Thanks to everyone for posting

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