Originally Posted by bryanl
Some of the Intellipower converters have the chargewizard logic built in and just use the dongle as an indicator and control as Vaughan describes. Other models don't have the smarts built in so need an external dongle to provide the smarts as well as the control and indication.
You do want the ChargeWizard control for your converter. It enables multiple stage battery charging and an excellent battery storage maintenance mode. The charging smarts mean your battery will recharge faster and the battery maintenance smarts will keep your battery in top shape for a longer overall life.
bryanl is correct. Upon reflection, when I bought a new converter I got a 9200 series that has the intelligent part built-in (as do the new 4500 and 4600 units) and the pendant is an indicator/control unit. That was part of my decision for the 9200 model. The 9100 series relies on an external intelligent Charge Wizard to provide the multiple modes. See Progressive Dynamics' Website
. What I have is technically a Remote Pendant that has a Wizard emblem on it connected to the Charge Wizard.
What model Inteli-Power converter did you buy? It will have the series number on the label. For example, if you look closely at the photos you can see that at the top of the lable mine says,"INTELI-POWER 9200 Series
" (The yellow text show up much better on the dark purple background, but you get the idea). If your new converter is one that utilizes an external Charge Wizard, like the 9100 series, rather than a Remote Pendant (like mine), definitely connect the Charge Wizard. It is the brains of the system.
I apologize for any confusion. Thanks to bryanl for the heads-up.