I've been looking at 60A Victron Centaur Battery Chargers. Since the price of larger chargers goes up exponentially I was wondering if connecting two in parallel is an issue? I've read the available documentation from the Victron site but it doesn't address parallel connection. In principal for a dumb charger it seems plausible, but for a Smart Charger that senses and adjusts voltage I'm concerned it would create conflict. I guess the same might be true of an alternator and AC powered charger.
If you want a 100A-120A charger then you are far better off to invest in a good quality inverter / charger such as a Magnum, Outback or a Victron.
I am not a fan of the Centaur for a number of reasons.
*This is a dip switch
charger with very few voltages to choose from. Even their cheap MPPT controllers allow me to custom program it for accurate battery voltage. The Centaur does not and you get what you get with the dip switch
I like to think of dip-switch
chargers as dip-sh!t
chargers. It is so easy today to build a good charger yet companies bone you with 1960's technology then call it "smart"...
Batteries do much better when charged with the correct voltages, in line with manufacturer recommendations. Always look for a charger that allows custom programming or more options than just a few. Also always look for a charger with on battery automated temp compensation..
*This charger does not offer temp compensation other than internal based on the chargers environment
not the batteries environment
.. This is NOT "smart"..
*For what you are not getting in a so called "smart charger" they are rather pricey and DUMB.
A better value would be the ProMariner ProNautic P 1260 or the Sterling ProCharge Ultra 1260.. Two chargers can run in parallel without issue IN BULK. Once one charger reaches absorption they can begin to ping-pong until one finally takes over and finishes the absorption cycle.
For the price of two 60A chargers a good inverter / charger makes more sense.....