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Inverter/Alternator/Solar Panel Control
I just rigged my 2 banks into one and installed a Link 10. I have two methods of charging - a fast three stage charger when plugged into the shore, a Balmar high output alternator, and I''m thinking of adding a solar pannel as well for when the boat is on the mooring.
Although the solar pannels and alternator require separate regulators, everything connects to a positive battery bus. The Link is rigged direct to the battery and monitors all input.
I think the solar pannel regulators are designed to kick in only in the absence of other charging devices.
By the way, I would definitely install the Link. It is GREAT! You can monitor the amp draw of every item in your electrical system as well as the charge rate from each device!