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Old 06-01-2004, 01:58 PM   #21
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Dave,

I'm thinking about using a Power Pulse (#735x012) to do my sulfation phase on my battery. It works with my existing charger.

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Bob,
The PowerPulse looks like a good unit and should work. The important thing is to check battery water with the type of charger you are using. I've been happy with my PulseTech Solargizer solar unit as well as the BatteryMinder I use. The only time the on-board Magnetek is charging is when I am hooked up to shore power and that is not much since most of my camping is boondocking.
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Bob,
Based on the description of the PowerPulse webpage, I would say that this will work. Understand that when boondocking, it is using energy FROM the battery to run a DC-to-DC converter, so in effect, it is draining the battery. The webpage did not give the power requirements, but it states that it "uses a small portion of the battery's own energy so it is working 24-hours a day. Overtime, even small parasitic loads can discharge a battery and as there is no real reason to desulfate on a continual basis, I would install a heavy duty, DPDT switch so that you can remove one leg of BOTH the input and output wires on the unit. This way, you can ensure that there are NO parasitic loading effects from either side of the unit. About once a month, you would need to switch it on for several hours to desulfate the battery. You also need to ALWAYS check battery water levels before starting a desulfation cycle. If the plates are covered don't add water (distilled) until after the cycle (to allow expansion due to heating during the desulfation). After the desulfation, you can top off the battery with more water.

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David,

Good suggestion about the DPDT switch. We Boondock alot and I am very mindful of parasitic loads. I will check on it's draw and probably install a switch anyway. I also carry my Honda EU-3000is to recharge. Since the new CCD monitor panel measures battery voltage, I always recharge at 12.2 VDC (50% State of Charge). Thanks!

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