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I've read all of Mainesail's how-to's but it's been a little while-thanks for reminding me to go back and read them over again!

My mechanic emailed and recommended the Pronautic P Series battery charger. I've looked at reviews and they seem solid.
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I've got a 10A one for my 24V bank and agree that it's a great charger and a great value. I also agree with Maine's recommendation to upsize to get the larger electrical connectors.
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^Do you mean buy a larger charger, or larger wiring from the charger to the battery? With our house battery at 225 ah, we ordered a 20 amp charger. Does that seem correct? Or, are you suggesting we go up to the next offering, a 40 amp?

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^Do you mean buy a larger charger, or larger wiring from the charger to the battery? With our house battery at 225 ah, we ordered a 20 amp charger. Does that seem correct? Or, are you suggesting we go up to the next offering, a 40 amp?
The 20 and smaller ProNautic P chargers (Sterling ProCharge Ultra too) have small terminals and this makes for a bit tougher proper size wiring terminals. The 30A and above have much larger and more robust terminals. The article below will explain it in a bit more depth.

Installing A Marine Battery Charger


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So- here is the latest based on the mechanic's assessment today:



His recommendations: New battery charger (he says he's not a fan of the Xantrax and is sending me info on the type he recommends that work well with AGM batteries), new starter battery, and new house battery. He does not sell these and I trust he wouldn't recommend them unless necessary.
I have seen it here a few times "Friends don't let friends buy Xantrax"

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The 20 and smaller ProNautic P chargers (Sterling ProCharge Ultra too) have small terminals and this makes for a bit tougher proper size wiring terminals. The 30A and above have much larger and more robust terminals. The article below will explain it in a bit more depth.

Installing A Marine Battery Charger


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Would it be possible to use some sort of "speaker pin connector" to hook up the thicker cable without loosing too much capacity?

Parts Express Gold 12 AWG Speaker Pin Compression Connector Pair

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Never mind, they are posts that need a ring connector. I thought they were cable clamp type.

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