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Old 05-27-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Battery maintanence

Greetings.

It's been a few weeks since the wife and I had pulled the Clipper 17FQ and I was wondering what the best way to maintain the battery is...

Should I buy an adapter and plug it into a standard wall plug? Closest one will require a run of extension cord.

I bought a solar battery maintainer at Harbor Freight for $15 or so. On a cloudy day, it was outputting 18 volts, but I have been concerned about putting this onto the camper - I don't want to fry the inverter/converter by introducing too much power to the front end.

I've heard that if you leave of the camper without battery power for long, the carbon monoxide detector will fail. Is this true? Otherwise, ill wire a disconnect into the battery cable and throw the solar panel on the battery only.

Thoughts? I don't want to damage anything but I want to make sure it's maintained. Those batteries aren't cheap.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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Harbor Freight battery tender. They are cheap and do tend to put out slightly more volts(13.2v+) than the more expensive Battery Tender brand. But, if you put it on a timer, that works.
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Open voltage on a solar panel will be around 18 to 21V this is normal. you will not damage the carbon monoxide detector if it does not have power, ours is off all winter,. I would put in the battery cutoff switch and put the solar charger on it, the little ones like you bought will hold a battery that is disconnected.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:51 PM   #4
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Open voltage on a solar panel will be around 18 to 21V this is normal. you will not damage the carbon monoxide detector if it does not have power, ours is off all winter,. I would put in the battery cutoff switch and put the solar charger on it, the little ones like you bought will hold a battery that is disconnected.

X2 disconnect batt, & solar charge it.
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