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jarcher 06-23-2009 02:42 AM

Dolphin charger vs Iota - cost
 
Hi All, I see people here recommend the Iota marine battery smart chargers, which are under $200 for a 45 amp version. What is so different about a Dolphin that makes it $807 for a 40 amp version?

Both are made for marine environment, both are about 40 amps, both are intelligent staged chargers.

Does the Dolphin have an advantage worth $600 more? Maybe it can charge more than 1 battery or mixed chemistry batteries? Sorry for the basic question but I am having trouble finding these functional details.

jarcher 06-23-2009 03:42 AM

Mixed technology batteries
 
Also, if I got an AGM battery for the house and used a conventional flooded battery for starting, is a special charger needed because the batteries are different technology?

sailingdog 06-23-2009 07:18 AM

Don't mix battery chemistries. While you can get a charger that can handle mixed chemistry setups, the price is not worth it...it is far better and simpler overall to get all the same chemistry setup on your batteries IMHO.

Never used a Dolphin charger, so I can't say what advantages it has, if any.

jhaley66 06-24-2009 05:13 AM

Iota is not a marine charger
 
I have the 45 amp version and it is my understanding that it is not a marine charger and is not ignition protected. I am happy with mine so far.


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