SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Battery Charging Question
 Not a Member? 


Thread: Battery Charging Question Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
06-06-2007 01:16 AM
seapadrik It is a bare minimum set-up as far as electronics go. I only recently purchased this boat and it isn't exactly wired to the gills. The group 24 size fit the existing bin. As I get more familiar with sailing in general and this boat I will no doubt consider more gadgets.
06-06-2007 01:09 AM
sailingdog BTW, a Group 24 sounds like an awfully small house battery bank, even for a boat the size of yours.

IIRC, it is only about 80 Amp Hours, you must not have a lot of electronics on-board your boat and must not take very long trips.
06-06-2007 01:07 AM
sailingdog Yes, as long as you only recently bought the battery, I don't see why they wouldn't take it back. They're usually pretty good about returns, but it depends on the store... some are better than others.
06-06-2007 12:59 AM
seapadrik Thanks for the reply. Now I wish I would have gotten 2 AGM batteries. I guess my thought was that the starting battery is used only for starting the engine, no other connections, etc...And I would spring for the nicer AGM for the house battery.

I wonder if west would take back the wet cell battery and let me upgrade. This is getting expensive.
06-06-2007 12:53 AM
sailingdog Really not a good idea to mix AGM batteries and wet-cell batteries together. However, it is better than mixing either with Gel cells, which IMHO are more sensitive to improper charging and more easily damaged than either wet cells or AGMs.

You should have gotten two AGM batteries. That is often the best solution, especially if you have a fairly limited charging time frame. AGM batteries have the highest charge acceptance rate of any battery commonly used on boats. That means you can charge it to the 80% level faster than you could with wet-cells or gel batteries. The float charging, which you need to do after hitting the 80% bulk charge point, still takes about the same amount of time with either.

While some of the high-end chargers can handle different chemistry batteries, as they can be set to charge separate banks in different ways, however, it is generally not a good idea to mix chemistries, since the alternator and other less advanced charging sources will still cause some problems.
06-06-2007 12:43 AM
dorourke seapadrik, read the thread I posted on "dual battery set up". This might help, at lead you in the right direction.
06-06-2007 12:39 AM
dorourke This sounds like a question for Sailingdog. We just discused something similar in another thread, he seems to know what he's talking about and mixing isn't a good thing. I don't know much about it eather but I'm learning.
06-06-2007 12:33 AM
seapadrik
Battery Charging Question

I recently replaced both my batteries on my Ericson 29 as they were very old and could not hold a charge.

I visited west marine and purchased these two:


SeaVolt group 24 12V Starting Battery
West Marine: SeaVolt Marine Starting Batteries Product Display


AGM group 24 12V deep cycle house battery
West Marine: SeaVolt AGM Batteries Product Display

The previous owner also has an inverter/charger setup that is connected directly to both batteries. This inverter is powered by a standard plug using shore power.

Will this combination work? After reading some of these posts it sounds like you can't use the same charger for an AGM and a standard wet battery?

I specifically asked the guy at west marine and he stated it is no problem using both kinds, just not to mix the GEL and AGM together.

Any advice is appreciated, I have been to the boat every day this week for maintenance so it is not yet a problem. But I want to figure out
a solution to keep these things charged.

thanks

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:25 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.