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Basically, battery chargers should be sized according to the size and type of the batteries they're going to be used with.
Wet cell batteries should be used with a charger that has an amperage rating equal to about 20-25% of the bank size in amp-hours at the 20 hour rate. Ex: Two T-105s make up a 225 Amp-hour battery bank, and the charger should be about 45-55 amps in capacity.
AGM batteries have a higher acceptance rate, and can be used with chargers rated at up to about 50% of the bank's amp-hour capacity in amps.
At a minimum, the smallest battery charger you should use should be rated at about 10% of the battery bank's size in amp-hours @ the 20-hour rate. Ex: the two T-105 battery bank should have a 20 amp charger at a minimum.
The Guest Pro 2608 you have is a 6-amp charger, and is pretty undersized, especially if you consider that the Optima batteries have a pretty high charge acceptance rate, being a form of AGM battery.
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