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Re: Battery life short? What to check?

#1 The max charging voltage for a GEL battery should be 14.1V

#2 The Optima should be charged at a higher voltage

#3 Either one bank is getting over charged or one is getting under charged

#4 If on a mooring how are the batteries getting back to 100% state of charge?

#5 What parasitic loads do you have on your system, even with the battery switch off?

#6 How deeply are you cycling/discharging the bank when you use it?

#7 How are they charged? Alternator? Wind? Solar? At a dock?

#8 How are you monitoring your state of charge?

#9 How are they wired?

#10 What are the charge sources as in brand, model amperage etc...

#11 What are the charging voltages at the battery terminals when charging?

#12 Does the system use a diode battery isolator?

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