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Batteries - Mixing capacity and Charging
I am planning to replace my walmart batteries and add a battery charger. Nothing fancy, I have shore power at the slip so I just plan to plug in. I don't need solar panels and wind machines.
I'm wondering if I get something like an Iota charger (which is seems to be a simply, 1 output dumb charger) and a Echo Charger or a combiner, will the charger be able to properly charge each battery? The two batteries won't be in the same bank, as one will be for house and the other for starting, so they won't drain at equal rates or charge at equal rates. I probably need a lower capacity starting battery then house battery, so i can save some size, weight and money.
But I am thinking that this might confuse the battery charger. Even if the batteries were the same capacity, being in different banks they would discharge at different rates, but I guess that what the Echo Charger is supposed to handle.
If i do mix capacities, am I better off with something like a 15A Dolphin, that has 3 stages and two outputs? Cost seems comperable to an Iota and an Echo Charger.
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