Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 888
Sulfated Batteries

Just thought I would put this out there for anyone needing a good battery charger that won't drain your bank account.

My batteries (two 6's in series) would not take/hold a charge higher than 12.41 volt using a regular 12 amp smart charger.
So I purchased a "Schumacher PSC 12500A" battery charger and the instant I connected it to the batteries it went into desulfication mode. Four hours later it said the batteries were charged. Checked the voltage 48 hours later after the surface charge had dissipated and it is 12.70v

Awesome charger for $120 Cnd.
__________________

__________________

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 02-24-2015, 05:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wilmot Twp, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 9,153
They are great chargers, highly recommended as well. Almost camping time there boondocking... Warmer than here.
__________________

__________________
2017 Heartland Bighorn 3575 Elite with Reese Sidewinder
2016 Ford F 350 SD PS 6.7 SRW Crew Pucks and Reese 18 K Elite

2013 Rockwood 8289WS 2012 Rockwood 2703 SS TT 2007 Golden Falcon 38FLA PM 1983 Corsair 21RB
2015 Ford F250 PS '13 F150 3.5 Eco '09 F150 5.4 l 1987 Merc Grand Marq 1982 Ford E250 CW
B and B is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2015, 06:07 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 888
Yes, we have been hitting temps of 8-12C here for over a week now. Couple more months to go then out into the wilderness, can hardly wait.
__________________

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 03-18-2015, 09:20 PM   #4
Canadian Member
 
itat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Eastern GTA, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,296
I'm in the market for a new battery charger. Thanks for the recommendation. The Schumacher PSC-12500A DSR ProSeries is still on sale on Amazon.ca for CAD$129.

I have been looking at the NOCO Genius G7200 as well (Canadian Tire has them for CAD$135). I need something to charge both the 12v flooded deep cycle for the TT and a 12v AGM for my motorcycle. I don't need the starter function.

Anybody else have experience with either charger?
__________________
2011 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8293SS, 12K Equal-i-zer WDH
2016 Ford F-250 XLT SuperCrew, 6.2L, 4x4, 6'9" bed, 3.73, w/ snow plow & camper pkgs.
2010 Rockwood Roo 23SS (2012 - 2014)
2009 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, 5.4L, 5'6" bed (2012 - 2016)

itat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2015, 09:20 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 888
That one thing I would consider is how fast of a charge are you looking at for the deep cycle batterys, seeing as the Shumacher is a 40 amp charger and the Noco is a 7.2 amp

The deep cycle batterys would be more suited to the 40 amp. The motorcycle battery can be charged with the 2 amp setting on the Schumacher
__________________

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 03-19-2015, 09:39 PM   #6
Canadian Member
 
itat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Eastern GTA, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,296
Good point but I'm not really concerned about speed of charging since I'll only be charging the batteries either off season or between camping trips.

My needs are:
- automatically detects battery charge level and selects proper voltage/amperage
- desulphating capability
- for use with lead acid and AGM batteries (don't know that I would ever have a gel or lithium battery)

Sounds like the Schumacher PSC-12500A DSR ProSeries has all that I need.
__________________
2011 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8293SS, 12K Equal-i-zer WDH
2016 Ford F-250 XLT SuperCrew, 6.2L, 4x4, 6'9" bed, 3.73, w/ snow plow & camper pkgs.
2010 Rockwood Roo 23SS (2012 - 2014)
2009 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, 5.4L, 5'6" bed (2012 - 2016)

itat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2015, 10:04 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 147
Currently trying to restore a group 24 CCA marine/rv battery that a friend dropped off at my house a few days ago. Battery is almost five years old and had very little use sitting in a pontoon boat. Obviously not on a charger.

After the first full charge it would fall to 10.5v within a few hours. I'm using the recondition mode on a Cetek 4.3a smart charger which desulphates at 15.8v for 30 minutes or 4 hours depending on voltage. I have also over gassed it for a few hours using an old 10a auto charger that has a manual mode.

I think it's holding a charge at 12.4v now. I may be a able to bring it back. I'll know in a couple days.

I won't trust it for anything mission critical but kind of fun to see what's possible.
__________________
FR Stealth 2313
Chevy 2500HD Duramax
hammick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 10:54 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 147
It's consistently falling back to 10.5a. I'm assuming I have a bad cell. I removed the sticker and pulled the plugs so I could add distilled water. I put it on a 10a manual overcharge for five hours last night as a last ditch effort to revive the cell.
__________________
FR Stealth 2313
Chevy 2500HD Duramax
hammick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 11:03 AM   #9
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,337
Question, how do you know if a battery is sulfated, especially a sealed battery?
__________________
OldCoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2015, 12:02 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 888
There are a few different indications of a sulfated battery.

- Will not charge to 100% SOC.
- Noticeable drop in AH capacity from previous capacity.
- Excessively long time to charge. eg: 80 AH battery taking 3 days with 10 amp
charger.
- Will not take or hold a charge.
__________________

__________________

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
Reply

Tags
battery

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



» Featured 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 03:16 PM.