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Re: Battery Bank Combining for Charging –Sterling B2B Charger or Blue Sea ACR?

Originally Posted by AlanF View Post
My other two cents - I think the Sterling B2B is a really cool idea, just haven't gotten a chance to put one in yet. Hoping to hear some first-hand comments.
They are great units though a tad on the bulky side. The smaller water proof version has all the pig tail wires already attached. I find this to be a PITA as I prefer to run my own wiring but in order for it to be water proof it is what it is.. The larger units, like a stand alone battery charger, allow for this. While more expensive than an ACR or Echo or Balmar Duo they also do more and are a true battery to battery charger. They also allow mixing a GEL house bank with an AGM or flooded start bank because they also have the ability to "boost" the output voltage. So you can feed a house bank of GEL's at the manufacturer suggested voltage, say 14.1V, then feed an AGM or wet at it's recommended voltage of say 14.6V via the B2B.

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