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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post have SEPARATE hookups for charging each battery with the truecharge and MONITORING each battery and DIVERTING current as appropriate. With a single bank charger and no electronic testing and diverting, the TOTAL charge of ALL banks is all the battery charger sees...So... if you have a house bank of 200 amp hours and a 100ah starting battery and you are down 100ah's on your house bank but full on your starting battery...a STANDARD 3 stasge 40 amp charger will see the 300 amp hour total charge down 1/3 and apply a full 40 amps to the total bank...not 1 amp to the starter and 39 to the house.
A bit oversimplified...but that is the reason to use an echocharger if one doesn't have a really sophisticated charger like yours.
Thanks Cam for taking the time to straighten me out..I'm sure it will help others as well with similar installations and the seemingly endless variables that get presented about it all the the way Simple works for simple minds like mine...
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