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Old 02-28-2016, 11:32 AM   #1
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Trimetric and Converter

Just installed my Trimetric 2030RV yesterday, and am curious about one thing. With my AC connected and converter breaker on, I see only positive 1.2 amps. If I turn the converter breaker off, it drops to .2 amps which I assume is my "ghost" load. But doesn't that mean that when charging the batteries off power I'm only getting 1.2 amps an hour? Which seemingly would take a very long time to charge them? Shouldn't the number I see on my Trimetric with amps displayed and nothing turned on but my detectors be pretty much the charge I am getting?
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:55 AM   #2
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Are your batteries already fully charged? Try running the batteries down for a day then plug it in again.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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It might just mean your batteries are already full.

I will say that the location and wiring of my 2014 Sunseeker converter wiring was not good for quick charging. I changed the converter and its location, but that is another discussion.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:03 PM   #4
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That could be it. I guess the charger is smart enough to trickle charge when that's all the batteries need.

I was wondering about the distance too. Mine is under the bed which is quite a distance from the battery bank
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:26 PM   #5
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That could be it. I guess the charger is smart enough to trickle charge when that's all the batteries need.

I was wondering about the distance too. Mine is under the bed which is quite a distance from the battery bank
What does the TriMetric say for Voltage and that low current. When the converter is running the voltage that the Tri displays is the converter output voltage. If it is something like 13.5 then that is all the current that voltage can drive into the bank, which is why it takes so long to get back to 100% SOC. As others have said, if you discharge the bank somewhat, the converter should jump to 13.75 or 14 at the batteries. Maybe take the SOC down to 75% and try it. Since this is your first run, the SOC will probably be 99% since it has nothing else to go on. You have a conservative 200 AH in your batteries and that I think is the Trimetric default setting.

Now that you know what is actually happening, your battery odyssey starts now.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:38 PM   #6
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I feel like I need to go back to school Thanks guys
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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Do you have a Progressive Dynamics or WFCO converter?
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:54 PM   #8
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Surprisingly, it's the Progressive. I was all set to order the exact same model I already have...but I see they have some kind of what they call a "pendant" which is supposed to allow you to "boost" the charge temporarily?
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:58 PM   #9
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The good news is I've been unplugged from power for about four hours, running my TV, antenna booster and three lights and I'm still at 12.6. Other than heat once in awhile at this time of year, there's really nothing else I would need to run on a weekend dry camping
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So I unplugged and ran the battery down to 12.4 volts which from the charts I've seen is somewhere between 75-80%. Turned everything off, plugged back in. Trimetric now reads about +14 on amps...so I assume that's the charging rate which still seems low to me, but I don't know what I should expect.
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