Originally Posted by klucas
When you cut the new hole for the remote. Becarful as it is just mdf board with a wood sticker on it. Tape it all off well to prevent damage. It also creates a lot of dust. If you put a towel down on top of the DVD player below the TV it will save you a good bit of cleanup in that cabinet. I wish I did that. The plug in back is a phone line, just plug and play. It is quick and easy to do. First thing is to get the remote parameters correct. Charge rate, type of battery ect. Took me about 30 min total. I put charge rate to 40%. Not sure if that is to low, but for me it completely stopped the corrosion issue. Good luck, let us know how it goes.
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If you are having to cut the CR to only 40% to prevent out-gassing and corrosion, then your batteries are probably "cooked". I did the same thing, and as soon as I replaced the whole stack, I was able to charge at 100% and didn't lose any liquid at all. Previously losing about 2 quarts a week.
Second thing..... Magnum makes a battery monitoring kit (BMK) that complements the upgraded remote monitoring panel.
It basically contains a shunt that ALL the current passes thru and gives a TON more info than what the remote by itself does. It will give a state of charge (SOC in %) readout on your panel so you know the exactly when it's time to quit drawing power and start charging.
It will even tell you how many amp-hours you've used since the thing was installed (or maybe since the batts were last physically disconnected); this will give a rough idea as to how many more years your batteries have left in them.
Highly suggest the BMK from Magnum; it's plug and play compatible with the remote. You just have to connect the shunt into the MAIN black wire from the stack to the inverter.
Someone mentioned that charging seemed to take a very long time. I have noticed that the charger "tapers" it's charging rate as the battery gets closer to being full. For example, you can go from 50 to 80 % in just a couple of hours; the last 20% may take an additional 10 hours.
In reality, I think ALL batteries need to be charged like that regardless of chemistry.
My $.02 worth.... YMMV.