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Old 03-01-2019, 09:55 PM   #1
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I'm picking up a 5.0TA end of June. I understand the standard batteries are wet cell/flooded. Is there a 12v charge controller that needs to be adjusted to AGM when I switch to a sealed battery? Has anybody had any experience with "carbon foam" sealed batteries?
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:59 PM   #2
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What batteries are on your build sheet now?
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I have the standard battery whatever that is. I requested info about the battery from Escape but got no reply.
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The standard battery is always a flooded 12-volt battery of the same brand as the optional batteries (which has been and presumably still is Interstate). The size may have changed over the years, but is currently listed as a Group 27 (so it would be the SRM-27).

The charger/converter is built into the WFCO 8955 Power Center. According to the WFCO manual, there are no settings which can be changed to suit the battery type.

If you get a solar package, it includes a charge controller. The provided model changed occasionally, but it probably does have configuration switches to set charging voltages.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:08 AM   #5
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The carbon foam batteries from Firefly are still lead-acid, but apparently use plates of carbon foam with lead deposited on them. It makes some sense to me, but I have no idea how well it works.
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Thanks Brian I personally prefer sealed batteries but I'm sure the wet cell Interstate works fine. I already have an AGM 100ah deep cycle and if there are no charging conflicts with the Escape system I plan to alternate batteries with one on standby. Not hooked up to the system but available. I think the solar system they offer seems like a good option price wise but I am running up against a limit on what I could afford and will have to put that off for now.
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I'm interested in the Carbon Fiber (Firefly) because you have more useful capacity. I also think proper battery maintenance would be less of a headache with the Firefly but they cost about 2 1/2-3 times what an AGM would cost but still less than a Lithium. There's a company in the Seattle area that carries the Firefly and being in the area to pick up the Escape would make getting a Firefly more convenient.
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I think the solar system they offer seems like a good option price wise but I am running up against a limit on what I could afford and will have to put that off for now.
I believe I read somewhere that Escape has a “Solar Ready” option which includes the major wiring. If so, maybe that is a good middle ground and will save you some headaches later?
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I had the solar ready option on the build sheet but removed it. One reason was that I'm thinking portable panels might be better for my situation. The roof mounted are very convenient but there are some situations where a moveable panel would be preferable. I think the solar ready option connector is on the roof and that would be inconvenient with moveable panels. Tradeoffs either way.
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I would go with whole solar option, but if that is not affordable than the solar ready would be next best and with less headaches later.

Adding portable solar to existing system is easy and you get best of both worlds.

I regret not getting at least the solar ready option.
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