Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-24-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Posts: 17
Battery charging

I was told by an employee at camping world that if I connect my generator directly to my 6 volt batteries rather than go through the convertor, that the batteries would charge faster. Is that correct and is there any disadvantage in doing it? Thank you.
__________________

__________________
dernst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jerry01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Valencia, Ca
Posts: 199
How are you going to connect it? Plug in a battery charger to the generator and then charge the batteries or use the DC out on the generator? What brand is your converter? We have a progressive dynamics converter and only charge the batteries through that and it works very well. Jerry.


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD, Duramax 2WD CC/SB
2013 Cardinal 3030RS full body paint
B&W Companion slider, air bags, EFI Live Custom tuning by So Cal Diesel
Jerry01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 08:21 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Englewood FL
Posts: 1,588
Quote:
Originally Posted by dernst View Post
I was told by an employee at camping world that if I connect my generator directly to my 6 volt batteries rather than go through the convertor, that the batteries would charge faster. Is that correct and is there any disadvantage in doing it? Thank you.
Clearly the employee was not an electrician!!!! I wouldn't trust one of their guys for much.
__________________

2015 335DS
ScottBrownstein is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 08:30 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Posts: 17
Battery charging

I have a wfco converter 55 ah and a 2000 watt yahama generator. I was going to connect the dc directly to the battery.
__________________
dernst is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 09:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 798
Your 2000 watt generator will supply at most 6.5 amps through the dc connection.
Better off to plug the shore power line into the generator and let the 55 amp converter do its thing or use an external (20-40 amp) charger.
__________________

2007 Surveyor SV230
- 200 Watts Solar/MPPT Controller - 230 AH Battery Bank - 600 watt PSW Inverter - (2) 2000 watt Inverter Generators - LED Lighting - Boon Docking 99% of the time.
2009 F150 - 5.4 Litre - Tow Package
boondocking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 09:15 PM   #6
Site Team
 
Flybob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 5,570
You will be much better off if you connect the RV to the 110V outlet on the generator and let the converter charge the battery. The 12V output from the generator not as efficient at charging as the converter.
__________________

2015 Freedom Express 248RBS
TV 2015 Silverado HD2500 Duramax
TST Tire Monitors
Honda 2000I + Companion
2 100W solar panels
Flybob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2016, 09:18 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Brother Les's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: BoCoMo
Posts: 1,803
If you charge up your battery through your converter, the converter will reduce (lower) the amount of charge input to a trickle charge the higher level the of charge that is in the battery.

If you charge your battery directly from the generator, you will get a higher and 'deeper' charge into your battery and there is no 'drop off' off charging as there is with the converter.

the tech is correct.

the disadvantage is that you can 'boil' your battery if you are not careful by charging it too long.

Use the converter.
__________________
Brother Les

2013 Forest River Salem Hemisphere SBT312QBUD

2001 CrewCab F-250 7.3 PowerStroke Diesel
SuperChip, BTS transmission, 6.0 Trans Cooler
Brother Les is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2016, 04:40 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Too Tall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 813
I did a test today, coincidentally, to see which would charge faster, the WFCO or a Schumacher 12 amp charger. I left my two 6 volt batteries off charge for a couple of days so I'd have something to compare.

The Schumacher charged at about 8.5 amps initially and the WFCO was at about 6.5 amps. Within a few minutes the WFCO was down to 1/3 of an amp @ 13.2 volts. After connecting the old Schumacher, the charge was 2.5 amps @ 14.5 volts. This all occurred in about 15 mins as my batteries were no discharged much. However, in my experiment, the 12 amp Schumacher will charge faster than the WFCO. If the batteries were down enough to take over 12 amps, the WFCO would probably do a better job till I could put the Schmacher on to top them off.
__________________

__________________
Rockwood 2104S, 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel.
USMC 68 -70
Too Tall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, charging

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:08 AM.