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Old 03-19-2005, 09:11 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by markdoane
The main reason is that half the people don't care because they run on shore power 95% of the time. The Parallax is a fine converter, it just isn't a very good charger.

The other half (boon-dockers) will throw out whatever is there and replace it with a custom designed system. They don't want to throw out a lot of expensive gear.
What are some examples of converters that also qualify as a good battery charger?
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:29 PM   #22
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Lots of people here have put in Inteli-power converters. This guy used to offer discounts for forum members. http://www.bestconverter.com/

The balance are using inverters with 3 stage chargers.
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Old 03-20-2005, 04:10 AM   #23
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Another option is to turn off the converter/charger during the night so that you are not running the system all the time. I just don't trust the Magnetek charger in my unit since I have heard of so many chargers boiling batteries dry. I leave a 1 amp BatteryMinder multi-stage charger/maintainer hooked up to my dual 12 v. Delco Voyager sealed batteries during the winter, after a weekend of boondocking or when it has been overcast for long periods of time. I also have a 5 watt solar panel from PulseTech which maintains the batteries when boondocking for several months during hunting season. The batteries are almost 4 years old and still going strong.

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Old 03-22-2005, 10:26 AM   #24
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We do still offer the discount to forum members but you have to mention it since we get so many calls from non-members. We also have the batteryMINDer mentioned above in stock.
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Old 03-22-2005, 12:17 PM   #25
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If overcharging is a problem get a battery switch, "Boaters World". With the battery switch you can turn the batteries off and still use your inverter for lighting in RV Park camping, no battery charging.
Switches are made for two batteries. Charge battery #1 or battery #2, Charge both batteries or do not charge either battery.


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Old 03-22-2005, 12:38 PM   #26
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FWIW, regarding the CBR--

No, you won't need batteries. There are electric and water hookups, though bear in mind, it won't be many amps. It's enough to run things like tvs and lights, but not for things like air conditioners, heaters, microwave, etc.

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