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Re: New Balmar SmartGuage experience
Update....... still not sure the Smartguage is acting smartly.
Since my OP, I've changed out my Xantrex inverter charger for a Magnum 2800w inverter/charger. For starters, I love the Magnum so far. Much better inverter, charger and remote.
Over the winter, I pulled the fuse on the Smartguage to avoid any parasitic load. I don't know if that messed anything up. It no longer reads anything near 100% charge at any time. Not even after plugged in for a week. The Magnum remote reads Full Charge, while the smartgauge will read anything from 70% to maybe 80%. I've also tried to run the batts down, when cruising, to 12.2 volts (as read on the Magnum remote and confirmed on the Smartguage), just to get some range for the gauge to follow and learn. It has read in the 40% capacity range, when I still had 12.2-12.4 volts in the batts.
Bottom line, it never reads full, when I know it's full and it seems to read much lower capacity than I think it really has.
Is there a hard restart I should do to start over?
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