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Old 08-31-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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Parallax to Intellipower

I want to switch out my 7355 model Parallax converter/charger to and Intellipower converter/charger. My Parallax is rated at 55 amp and the Intellipower is rated at 60 amp, it doesn't seem that Intellipower makes a 55 amp.

Based on past threads, it appears that the Intellipower will give me better battery charging through multi-stage charging, I am planning on also installing a Charge Wizard. I am also hoping it is quieter.

Question? Will the Intellipower 60 amp model work in my 06 Safari 25FB which has the original Parallax 55 amp model????

Thanks for the help.

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I want to switch out my 7355 model Parallax converter/charger to and Intellipower converter/charger. My Parallax is rated at 55 amp and the Intellipower is rated at 60 amp, it doesn't seem that Intellipower makes a 55 amp.

Based on past threads, it appears that the Intellipower will give me better battery charging through multi-stage charging, I am planning on also installing a Charge Wizard. I am also hoping it is quieter.

Question? Will the Intellipower 60 amp model work in my 06 Safari 25FB which has the original Parallax 55 amp model????

Thanks for the help.

John
John,

I was under the impression that Parallax was multi stage. Here is a link to the one I just ordered to replace the old Univolt. I had expected to run the Univolt for at lease one more year and then rebuild it but the Univolt forced my hand on the last trip and required percussive repair to keep it working.

Parallax Paramode with TempAssure

The Inteli-Power is available from the same folks. BTW, Randy is a wealth of information on converters.

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Old 08-31-2007, 04:19 PM   #3
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... Question? Will the Intellipower 60 amp model work in my 06 Safari 25FB which has the original Parallax 55 amp model? ...
Yes. No problem. From what I have read, Intellipower makes fine equipment. You will be happy with the switch.

I prefer the WFCO, 3-stage charger. You may want to investigate them at bestconverter.com.

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John,

I was under the impression that Parallax was multi stage. Here is a link to the one I just ordered to replace the old Univolt. I had expected to run the Univolt for at lease one more year and then rebuild it but the Univolt forced my hand on the last trip and required percussive repair to keep it working.

Parallax Paramode with TempAssure

The Inteli-Power is available from the same folks. BTW, Randy is a wealth of information on converters.

60 Amp RV Converter/Charger
Royce,

Parallax does make a multi-stage, but based on my model number, the unit installed by Airstream does not have that feature. There is a lot of support on the forum for Intellipower, and I hear that it runs quieter, our power center in under the bed (on my side of course).

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Old 08-31-2007, 04:29 PM   #5
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Yes. No problem. From what I have read, Intellipower makes fine equipment. You will be happy with the switch.

I prefer the WFCO, 3-stage charger. You may want to investigate them at bestconverter.com.

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Tom,

Thanks, looks like you and Royce both recommend Bestconverter, I will take a look before I buy.

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Parallax does make a multi-stage, but based on my model number, the unit installed by Airstream does not have that feature. There is a lot of support on the forum for Intellipower, and I hear that it runs quieter, our power center in under the bed (on my side of course).

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John,

I agree, quiet is better and I also sleep with my head right above the converter. Hope I made the right decision. Guess time will tell.
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Old 08-31-2007, 05:12 PM   #7
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We replaced our 55A Parallax with a 60A IntelliPower with Charge Wizard, from Best Converter. Have been happy with it since.
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Parallux vs Intelapower

Intellapower is much better.
You might want too take a look at the cheap 110 braker box first. If it's like mine was the brakers are loose fitting and get hot and trip. I replaced it with a Square D box and brakers. The Parallux has been replaced once and will give way too Intellapower this winter plus new 12 volt fuse block this winter.

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Why change?

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I want to switch out my 7355 model Parallax converter/charger to and Intellipower converter/charger. My Parallax is rated at 55 amp and the Intellipower is rated at 60 amp, it doesn't seem that Intellipower makes a 55 amp.

Based on past threads, it appears that the Intellipower will give me better battery charging through multi-stage charging, I am planning on also installing a Charge Wizard. I am also hoping it is quieter.

Question? Will the Intellipower 60 amp model work in my 06 Safari 25FB which has the original Parallax 55 amp model????

Thanks for the help.

John
I guess I don't understand why you are switching out your converter/charger. I have no issues with my set-up and I am wondering what I am missing. My unit is in the middle of the trailer and it does hum somewhat, but not to where I would want/need to make a switch. Please enlighten me if you would.

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Decreased maintenance for me (and no Univolt hum)

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... I am wondering what I am missing. My unit is in the middle of the trailer and it does hum somewhat, ...
I don't know about John, but I have not had to add water to my battery since 01/01/06 when I installed the WFCO charger in post #28 of this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f206...yet-17326.html

Granted I was going from a Univolt to modern-day equipment, but it is nice not having to worry about adding water to my battery.

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Well I have a univolt original in the 86. The PO installed a switch to turn it on and off. I flip it on when the voltmeter indicates a need then flip it off a few hours later. Have not added water to batts in over a year. gonna upgrade soon to a WFCO simply to make things easier on my Honda 1000 when charging in Timbucto.
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I guess I don't understand why you are switching out your converter/charger. I have no issues with my set-up and I am wondering what I am missing. My unit is in the middle of the trailer and it does hum somewhat, but not to where I would want/need to make a switch. Please enlighten me if you would.

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John

The Parallax has a single stage battery charger and my primary goal is to convert to a multi-stage. I have had problems with overcharging and I add water every other month to my original (less than 2 years old) wet cell Megatron batteries.

I am planning on replacing the batteries with AGMs in the next month and it has been recommended in numerous threads that changing the Parallax to and Intellipower is added safety when buying expensive AGMs.

And lastly, no matter what the Parallax manual says about "most people don't even hear it running", my head is three feet away from the converter charger (under the bed) while I am sleeping, and when the fan kicks on I wake up. Rumor has it that the Intellipower may be quieter.

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We replaced the Parallax when we went to two Group 27 Lifeline batteries, which is what fits in the compartments above the tongue on our trailer. I always worried about the corrosive mist from them overcharging, so I was constantly washing the skin around them with baking soda water and waxing it. Now I don't have to worry about that.

I can't help you about the noise issue, since our converter is under the sofa, but I seem to remember the Intelipower has a variable speed fan so it doesn't go right to high speed. I could definitely be wrong about that though, and Best Converter would be the one to ask about it.
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The stock converters that come with new Airstreams are single stage units. The first thing I did when I got my CCD was to replace the OEM unit with a new WFCO 3-stage converter/charger. Batteries last far longer when topped up with a 3-stage unit. The next step was to ditch the Interstate GP-24 liquid cells for a pair of Lifeline GPL-4C 6 volt AGM batteries wired in series. No more problems!

The golf cary batteries are far superior in their charge retention and available minutes of discharge. A Lifeline group 24 has 149 minutes of discharge capacity at 25 amp draw. The 6 volt golf cart battery has a whopping 492 minutes of discharge capacity at the same 25 amp draw.

Any of the new 3-stage chargers will work nicely: WFCO, Intellipower and the new Parallax Paramode. Give Randy a call ad he'll give you his best suggestions.
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