I was doing some Googling on "iota chargers" and this thread turned up on the second page...
(I guess that I have not really used my old SailNet id since the last time it went bankrupt. Nice to see that the forums still exist.)
I have an early Statpower 20, from the mid 90's. General opinion is that, reliability wise, it is in the twilight of its years. Also, every techie and marine vendor I know is warning against replacing it with anything from Xantrex. Evidently factory support is well south of nil and zip.
I was considering Promariner, and it gets average-to-a-bit-above professional reviews -- the company is better-thought-of too for support.
A local marine electronics shop tells me that the Iota (a product born in the RV industry) is proving to be durable and reliable -- not to mention reasonable priced. Also that Iota chargers actually meet or exceed their brochure specs, while many other brands do not.
Their appearance is certainly a bit funky compared to the competition, FWIW. Sleek/Stylish they are not.
Still, performance is the important thing.
Since every boat will have a slightly different battery set up, I should explain mine briefly.
I have a flooded house bank of two Trojan T-145's. That's about 260 AH, per their specs.
The Emergency/Starting bank is a single Optima spiralcell, stored back under a quarter berth because that's the only place we could find room to add one -- albeit there's no way to add water to a flooded battery in that area anyway.
Presently the charger feeds only the flooded-cell house bank because back in the 90's the folks at Statpower advised against wiring it to both types of battery technology at the same time.
Now I find that some local technicians say it's OK to combine the Optima and the two-golf-cart house bank, and some others say they would rather not.
In the real world, I have been paralleling the two banks for about an hour, once every one to three months. (The self-discharge rate of the agm Optima is extremely low.) I just started the three cylinder diesel with the Optima yesterday and it worked perfectly, for example.
Any suggestions on charging? Brand? Personal Experiences? Comments?
Thanks in advance,
The Old Cruiser