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Galvanic Isolator / Isolation Transformer recs?
I'll soon be installing a battery charger on board--in 26 years our boat apparently never had one. With the battery charger, I'd like to also install some additional protection from galvanic corrosion, since we'll start plugging in the boat more often (in the past, we didn't plug in much). I've read Calder's info on both, and understand why the isolation transformer might be better, though there is a price tag associated with that.
That said, what do you consider to be the appropriate practice here--is a galvanic isolator enough? If so, any recommendations on particular units? I'd like to get one with a capacitor (not just diodes). As for isolation transformers, looks like it's just the Charles units available, but I'm open to hearing about recommendations or otherwise on those as well. Is this overkill for a 34 foot cruising boat? I like the idea, but the expense is pretty high.
Definitely open to hearing what other SailNet members have to say on this subject, and any recommendations for particular devices.
1984 Sabre 34 Mk I