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Old 06-17-2007, 07:27 PM   #15
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Whew, that's a relief! It seems to be doing a good job so far.

I made a little error though. I know you're supposed to keep the water level up on the batteries (I have have two 6 V golf cart batteries hooked in series). So naturally, I checked the levels and topped them off... With tap water. Oops! The bad thing is, I know better than that. It was a haste makes waste moment. The question is: Are my batteries ruined and is there a way to check?

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Pete,

A little tap water won't really hurt the batteries, just be sure that you don't make a habit of it!

On your converter, 30 amps is mighty low, amd it is a single stage cherger section to boot. If you have the resources, and it is easier to do it now with everything open, I would look at a WFCO 55 Amp 3-stage converter or the new Parallax Para Mode unit with temperature compensation. Both very fine units that will give you years of trouble free use......and a kinder, gentler charge for your batteries (seems I've heard that phrase somewhere before!!)
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:50 PM   #16
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Well I'm glad to hear my moment of haste didn't destroy something for a change. My batteries are on a strictly distilled water only diet from now on.

I guess I'll have to give some thought to the power converter. The installation they showed on the DIY Airstream renovation looked pretty straightforward. So I think I can handle the installation. I know I'll do a better job than the P.O. did!

Thanks again guys. I really appreciate your help!

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Old 06-18-2007, 06:51 AM   #17
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Well I'm glad to hear my moment of haste didn't destroy something for a change. My batteries are on a strictly distilled water only diet from now on.

I guess I'll have to give some thought to the power converter. The installation they showed on the DIY Airstream renovation looked pretty straightforward. So I think I can handle the installation. I know I'll do a better job than the P.O. did!

Thanks again guys. I really appreciate your help!

Pete
Hey Pete,

I'll give a shameless plug for one of our Forum members. Randy at BestConverter - Inteli-Power, WFCO, Parallax, Inverters, Solar, Electrical Supplies . He is the resident expert on all things converter and is a great guy besides. He will help you if you decide to replace the unit.
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That's a riot.

I did a little web search and studied my alternatives. Guess where I ended up. Best Converters!

I picked the Paramode since it seemed like the most logical solution. The charge rate really comes down to how the batteries are reacting to the charge they are receiving (i.e. their ambient temperature). Since the Paramode is set up to directly monitor the batteries temperature it aught to do a good job of adjusting the charge rate. Or at least do a better job than my current converter. Besides, the only thing I'm concerned with regarding the battery charging process is the possiblilty of overcharging the batteries and releasing hydrogen gas. Thereby turning my "Silver Spud" into a giant hydrogen bomb.

The bonus is that Best Converters has really good prices.

Lew, since you seemed to be right on the money with that plug, do you have any others?

Thanks, Pete
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Oh,

I have loads of them! What were you interested in???
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