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Echo Charger Question
I am finally done with a major re-wire and movement of battery locations aboard Wild Wind. I currently have my new battery charger (Iota) going to a busbar, which then feeds my house bank #1 (3 x 27s) positive lead. My back up battery (bank #2) has its own positive busbar that has the cable from the battery switch and its own positive lead. Both battery banks have the negative leads going to a main busbar that is attached to the main negative grounding cable.
Currently I have my new echo charger wired like this - wire from battery being charged first (bank #1) is attached to the positive busbar for bank #1. Negative wire is on the negative busbar. The out-going wire that goes to the second bank is connected to the positive busbar for bank #2. So the echo charger gets its initial charging current the same way as bank #1.
This seems like it should work to me, I am asking because neither of the battery leads for the echo charger are physically attached to a battery, but are attached to busbars that supply both banks. It seems like this should work. There is a slight difference in voltage between the banks, about .2 volts.
Hopefully, I have not made this completely impossible to understand.
Let me know if I need to clarify.
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."