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post #14 of Old 07-20-2015
msogin
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Re: Not getting enough charge voltage.

Thank you for your response - Which Balmar 614 factory program should I use for the Odyssey batteries or do I need a completely customized program? The Balmar 614 originally was set to gel cell but we never saw more than 13.9 volts. Odyssey recommended in their newer literature using AGM and ideally 14.7 volts. I changed the Balmar 614 to AGM and that produced 14.3 volts but only after having been on the 120 volt charger. It does not approach that value during the 20-30 minutes of using the motor after sailing all day. I could revert to the gel cell program and alter the max charging voltage to 14.7 volts but am not sure that is the proper course of action. Also, I do not think the batteries are damaged - they were properly tested with good metrics in June and during the three years of their life they have mostly been charged by the boats 120 volt charger. I wish we had not agreed to install Odyssey batteries but I'm reluctant to discard them if in fact they are still functional.
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