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Old 02-06-2018, 01:03 PM   #1
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Battery Discharge Take 3 PROBLEM SOLVED

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Per conversation with Reace this morning at ETI Tischer's battery problem is solved!
Tischer had the new batteries reversed resulting in a reverse polarity configuration. Installing the batteries correctly resulted in the system working properly.
Thank you Reace!

Reace did have several take home messages that stood out and are worth sharing.
1. Batteries should not have gone dead over a 3 month period. Tischer should have double checked with a volt meter before taking to dealer for replacement.
2. For those with solar units, the Go-Power module will read 90% charge and the batteries may be fully charged. A desulfurization boost in full sunlight will easily take them up to 100%
3. It is helpful to install batteries correctly (Tischer editorial comment)

Thanks to all who responded*to my distress call.
We are now on our way to Quartzite!
Bravo!

Jim Tischer
Woodland, CA
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:09 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:09 PM   #3
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Excellent.
And, from now on, before doing anything, take a picture for reference.
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:54 PM   #4
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A desulfurization boost in full sunlight will easily take them up to 100%
I've had this issue with the 90% and did know know what solved it.
Many thanks!
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:02 PM   #5
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Will do.
Thanks for tracking the drama.
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Thanks for tracking. I think we all learned something on this one.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:04 PM   #7
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2. For those with solar units, the Go-Power module will read 90% charge and the batteries may be fully charged.
This display behaviour is clearly described in the GoPower controller manual, but it's easy to forget those details, and so it has confused several owners in the past. It's probably worth re-reading the manual.

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As explained in the thread Slow Solar Charging and Go Power Display Questions, starting at post #26, the GoPower State of Charge calculation results in 90% for any voltage equal to or greater than 12.8 volts... until a full boost or equalization cycle is complete. This controller will never display a value between 90% and 100%.
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1. Batteries should not have gone dead over a 3 month period. Tischer should have double checked with a volt meter before taking to dealer for replacement.
Okay, but no battery dealer should declare working batteries to be dead. You should be able to take perfectly good batteries to them, and they should tell you that there is no problem... especially if they want you to ever deal with them again.
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I had not followed this thread and therefore did not comment and for that I am sorry. Because, when we had solar installed on the 21 one of the last things Nigel said to me was, “your meter will read 90%. 90% is 100% so don’t worry about it.” That was a funny way to put it but reading up on it I understood what he meant. So my blind trust in his comment saved me worry from the beginning. Maybe this is not exactly right but I do not trust a lot of the “battery shop” guys so I’m going to just ride with Nigel as long as I have power and the solar is working. Which has been perfect for the way we camp.
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I had not followed this thread and therefore did not comment and for that I am sorry. Because, when we had solar installed on the 21 one of the last things Nigel said to me was, “your meter will read 90%. 90% is 100% so don’t worry about it.” That was a funny way to put it but reading up on it I understood what he meant. So my blind trust in his comment saved me worry from the beginning. Maybe this is not exactly right but I do not trust a lot of the “battery shop” guys so I’m going to just ride with Nigel as long as I have power and the solar is working. Which has been perfect for the way we camp.
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Thanks so much for the input. I missed the 90% data point on my orientation and didn’t pick up on it in the Go-Power information.
Thanks to all of you I am MUCH smarter than when this drama began.
Thanks Again
Jim Tischer
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