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Battery charger

My Balmar 30 amp charger packed it in (not sure why or how) and i want to replace it with either a Xantrex or Charles. Does anybody have any experience pro or con either make. I'm charging 2 banks, one bank of 6 golf cart batteries and one group 27 starter.
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I have used the 40amp xantrex units extensively to charge banks of 8 golf cart batteries. The old models got really hot and needed an external fan aimed at the cooling fans or they would not last long. The newer ones don't get nearly as hot and don't seem to need external cooling. They truly are a "smart" charger and once you get the cooling sorted out, they work quite well.
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I have a Charles 5000 (60AMP) charging a pair of 6V Lifeline AGMs (300AH), plus a start battery via DuoCharge.

American made, well built aluminum chassis with cooling fan. Smart charging profiles for AGM, Gel and Lead-Acid.

One potential negative, no equilization cycle.

I would buy again.

Others will recommend Iota, too.
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Have owned both a Xantrex and a Charles and would not buy either a second time. I would suggest looking into an Iota..
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Have owned both a Xantrex and a Charles and would not buy either a second time. I would suggest looking into an Iota..
What he said Get the iota with the smart controler Save $ and get a better unit
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Have owned both a Xantrex and a Charles and would not buy either a second time. I would suggest looking into an Iota..
When MaineSail, speaks, I listen. You should, too.

But, Maine, can you give some more insight why you would not own the Charles or Xantrex again? It is because the Iota is just better, price value wise? Or something else?

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But, Maine, can you give some more insight why you would not own the Charles or Xantrex again? It is because the Iota is just better, price value wise? Or something else?

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Xantrex cooked itself, twice, and Xantrex customer support was basically non-existent.

Charles had a nasty resonant hum. Sent it back, re-installed it, and hum was worse. Took months to get it back from service and was still broken.
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Be sure to get one with an equalization (conditioning) circuit. Your batteries will thank you for it.
Look at NewMar as well.
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I had both Xantrex and Charles. First powered a 300amps bank for years, second powered a 450amps bank for the 3 years I owned it. I liked both and would have then again. Well, may be it's because wife hummms on me louder ...
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