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Old 03-04-2009
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I'd go with an Iota. They're far less expensive than the Xantrex and very decent quality.

Just curious, why do you have two starting batteries?? It would make far more sense to have one starting battery and three in the house bank. There's also need to go with a two bank charger for most setups, since the draws on a starting bank are relatively minimal. If you really want to do that, a better solution is to use an echo charger or battery combiner, with the echo charger being the preferred solution.

How large is your battery bank and what is the makeup of the batteries? Sizing the charger properly is important. IIRC, it should be about 20-25% of the battery bank size, if they're wet cells. Wet cells can't generally absorb more than that in the bulk charging phase, and going bigger will be a waste of money. AGMs usually have a much higher acceptance rates, so a larger charger can be useful.
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