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Old 09-08-2013, 11:25 PM   #11
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Another thing... These batteries are set in series and parallel, so the allowable charge rate may be double....gonna have to look into this a lot more or get someone with better electrical knowledge to sound off....Herk?!?
Just to clarify, my stack is four 6 volt 232 AH batts connected in the usual series/parallel arrangement. And yeah, where is Herk when you need him??


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Old 09-09-2013, 11:57 AM   #12
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A follow up.....

Other than voltage, what is the difference between bulk, absorb and float charging (if there is any difference)? My control panel shows float charging but the charging amps are showing right at 21 which is what I expected for a max charge. I thought float was the same thing asl "trickle" charging.

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Old 09-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #13
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Other than voltage, what is the difference between bulk, absorb and float charging (if there is any difference)? My control panel shows float charging but the charging amps are showing right at 21 which is what I expected for a max charge. I thought float was the same thing asl "trickle" charging.

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Yes, no difference other than voltage in the various modes. That does seem like a high current for "float". I suggest testing the voltage to see if it's "in spec" for float mode per the charger documentation.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:24 PM   #15
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Other than voltage, what is the difference between bulk, absorb and float charging (if there is any difference)? My control panel shows float charging but the charging amps are showing right at 21 which is what I expected for a max charge. I thought float was the same thing asl "trickle" charging.

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The float is just that. It floats the batteries at about 13.7volts with only enough current (amps) to offset the draw from the system. Do you have 21 amps of 12 stuff running? Thats a heck of alot of current, unless you gots all the lights on, furnace etc etc. Turn everything that is 12 volts off and see what you get. It should only be a few 10ths of an amp if the batteries are already charged.
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