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Old 02-27-2016, 07:16 PM   #101
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I didn't notice that but good to hear. The Trojans seem to be the standard of excellent from what people say but no dealers around here and I wasn't really wanting to pay that kind of premium for them. I think these will be find. The visual quality seems excellent and I check all the cells with a hydrometer before putting them on charge and they all looked good.
Yes, the factory converter. WMCO. I know there is a lot of negative stuff on the factory converters but maybe the newer ones may be better. I've measured over 10 amps charging from the converter with it. I'm going to stay with it for now. I know a lot of forum members have complained that they only are for trickle charging and maintaining a fully charged battery.
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:19 PM   #102
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The WFCO in mine is a three stage converter so I think it's better than the older stuff. I'm assuming yours is the same as mine.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:27 PM   #103
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yea, WFCO sorry. And yes, it is a three stage with bulk mode so I don't see any need to upgrade for now.
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I ordered the Duracells. I'm not sure if my store had them in stock because it said "call store" for availability. Even if I have to wait for a shipment I'm in no hurry. There was a disclaimer after checkout saying to bring my old batteries. We'll see how that goes.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:56 PM   #105
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I think I'll stick with the Trojans, I have a dealer close by. The Duracell seems like a good deal, I have just been with Trojans a long time.


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What gauge of cable should you use between the two 6 volt batteries?
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:24 PM   #107
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What gauge of cable should you use between the two 6 volt batteries?

2ga would work, as long as the batts are beside each other.
Just be sure the cables are exactly the same length c


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If your planning on using your 3 stage WFCO, be advised that Trojan recommends 14.4 for bulk charge and 15.5 for equalization. If you cant get them hot enough (using 15.5 amps) I would guess the difference might be something like, they last 4 or 5 years instead of 8 - 10 years. BTW the size of cable depends on how far they have to carry the power. If you only have 2 ft. from the battery to the controller or inverter, you might use 6ga. if you have to go 20 ft. you need a thicker wire. In any case 10 amps will put a top charge on a bettery, but wont completely charge or equalize it.
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What is going to be your plan for charging them? Through the factory converter?
That's just what you do. Once you series them up they're nothing more than a regular 12V far as the converter or battery charger is concerned. Now, it will take longer to charge, but that's only because it takes longer to fill a bigger bucket through the same hose.
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If your planning on using your 3 stage WFCO, be advised that Trojan recommends 14.4 for bulk charge and 15.5 for equalization. If you cant get them hot enough (using 15.5 amps) I would guess the difference might be something like, they last 4 or 5 years instead of 8 - 10 years. BTW the size of cable depends on how far they have to carry the power. If you only have 2 ft. from the battery to the controller or inverter, you might use 6ga. if you have to go 20 ft. you need a thicker wire. In any case 10 amps will put a top charge on a bettery, but wont completely charge or equalize it.
It'll go to 14.4 in bulk mode but only for 1 hour, then it goes back to 13.6 v. That may not be long enough? Your thoughts? Is the equalizing voltage for desufation? How often do you do that?

Also, how do you tell when they are fully charged? Are you using the converter or portable charger?

thanks in advance. I'm a novice to the 6 volt thing. When I got the two 6 volts home and connected them in series, I put my trickle charge on and its been pumping out 1 amp for 12 hrs and the voltage is only up to 13.1 v. I'm not used to working with so much amp/ hrs. I put my portable charger on them for a couple of minutes and it was charging at about 6 amps and 14.5 volts. So I'm assuming I've still got a ways to go at 1 amp.

Sorry for all the questions but much appreciate your knowledge.
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