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Old 02-06-2015, 02:40 PM   #1
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Battery Charger and Built-in Converter used at the Same Time

Does any one know of a reason why I can not speed up the charging of the batteries by hooking up a battery charger at the same time the built-in converter is supplying power to the batteries too?

I have two batteries and am looking for a faster way to charge them due to the limited amount of time you can run a generator at some national parks. I would like to to use a charger that is capable of 50 amps. I know the converter is much less than that.
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Does any one know of a reason why I can not speed up the charging of the batteries by hooking up a battery charger at the same time the built-in converter is supplying power to the batteries too?

I have two batteries and am looking for a faster way to charge them due to the limited amount of time you can run a generator at some national parks. I would like to to use a charger that is capable of 50 amps. I know the converter is much less than that.
I would not add a second charger, either get a new convertor like 70 amp or just buy the 50 amp and only use that. Look at a progressive 70 amp exact same fit just change the wires over. You probably have a WFCO 50 amp now.
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I would not add a second charger, either get a new convertor like 70 amp or just buy the 50 amp and only use that.
X2. I would highly discourage dual chargers. In conjunction with upgrading your charger, other preferred methods would be to not discharge your batteries as deeply between charges (no more than 50%, but 70-80% is preferable), or increase the size of your battery bank to more adequately fit your daily power usage.

Just curious, but how are you determining state of charge? Have you ever done a power audit?

The more information you provide (battery type, what do you typically run, what genset are you using, etc) the better able we are to help.
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