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Old 05-16-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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charger / converter survey

If you were going to buy a new charger/converter, what features would you be looking for? What features would you like but can't find.

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Old 05-16-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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First thing to do is assess your 12VDC needs to determine what size converter to buy. If you have heavy usage, you should get a larger (75 amp +) converter.

3 stage charging IS A MUST HAVE to properly regulate the voltage charging your batteries. Temp control is always nice, as in the new parallax ParaMode 4400.

The resident Forum expert on all things converter is 68 Overlander. It's his business. I would suggest a look at his site: BestConverter - Inteli-Power, WFCO, Parallax, Inverters, Solar, Electrical Supplies and then a call to Randy. He WILL get you the proper set-up for your needs!
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Old 05-16-2007, 08:58 PM   #3
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The resident Forum expert on all things converter is 68 Overlander. It's his business. I would suggest a look at his site: BestConverter - Inteli-Power, WFCO, Parallax, Inverters, Solar, Electrical Supplies and then a call to Randy. He WILL get you the proper set-up for your needs!
I second that. Randy definitely set me up right! jk
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3 stage charging IS A MUST HAVE to properly regulate the voltage charging your batteries. Temp control is always nice, as in the new parallax ParaMode 4400.
I just ordered the 3 stage with temp control earlier in the week. Once I get it in and have used it some I will let you all know what my experience is. I found Randy to be helpful, not a hard sell in any way.
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I just purchased the Parallax 7300 for the vintage 1960 Trade Wind. More than needed but more is better! Now if I could only figure out how to connect the darn thing!
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UJ, I bought my charge/inverter/monitor setup from Randy a couple of years ago, based on his advice [along with a pair of Lifeline batteries], and the upgrade is worth every penny. We do a lot of camping in remote areas for extended periods, and this setup makes it easy to maintain electric level and know exactly when to run the generator, and for how long. Thanks to Randy. . .
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I also bought a converter from Randy last month, a Parallax 4455 with temp control. It's a multi stage charger, and I believe it adjust to more then 3 settings as needed. My old univolt was still working, but I wanted to upgrade my batteries, and didn't want to chance the univolt on them. I saved enough space with getting rid of the univolt that I was able to go up to 3 batteries instead of 2. So far I'm happy with the setup, and the charger.
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