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Unread 12-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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OK, this may come from left field but I have a question I'm sure someone on here can answer. I just put a stereo system on a friends pontoon boat and we intergrated an onboard charger for all batteries, 1 for cranking, 2 for stereo wired parralel, and one for acc. we used a 3 bank Promariner charger that charges them seperately and is 3 stage for float. I have a precedent with 4 x 12v batteries. I wante4d to add a onboard charger to my cart anyways and seen that Promariner also has a 4 bank charger and has 3 step charging for each one. It is a marine charger so it ise weatherproof and vibration resistant. Would I be able to install one on my cart and shouldn't it benefit the batteries to be charged and monitored individualy? I also have a meter ordered that srolls through each battery voltages and then shows pack voltage. Please give me yoiur thoughts

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Unread 12-02-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Different type charger?

as long as it can charge a series string (ie: isolated outputs), that is the best way to charge.
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It says connect each one to an individual 12v battery regardless of how wired; series or parallel. It even says if you have one battery that has more draw on it that you should hook it to the output #1. Wouldnt that fix the problem everyone has with the light kit hooking to the #4 battery.

It just seems like that way of charging and monitoring each battery is far superior to putting out a lump voltage across the pack whether each battery needs it or not.

If they had a 5 bank it would be great for me due to my aux battery. The charger even has float for long term charging.
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Default Re: Different type charger?

What amperage does the marine charger give to each battery? Cart batteries will take quite a while to charge unless the marine charger is equal in rating to the cart charger.
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What amperage does the marine charger give to each battery? Cart batteries will take quite a while to charge unless the marine charger is equal in rating to the cart charger.


good question.....as for a C.C. charger just putting out a lump charge if its a 48 volt cart with OBC the charger does a little more than that...........well a lot more than a lump charge.....................................
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Unread 12-02-2011, 09:12 PM   #6
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http://www.promariner.com/productFea...oductNum=51034

This is the charger website. It says 10, 15, or 30 amps as needed. Dont know how it would work be wired in series. Seems like having a + and a - to each battery and then a wire from + to - of two batteries would be a direct short?!? Almost like you would need to break all wires between batteries in order to charge them individually. Dont know if thats even possible
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The model 51034 says 12 - 24 - 36 - 48V at 30amps. Priced at $420, that does not sound like a bad deal at all! I'd like to read some reviews on it before I'd buy one, though.
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I have used several of these chargers on different boats that I have installed systems on, but we have only used the 2 bank ones for cranking battery and acc battery. We have had excellent reusults with these and haven't found a downside to them. This is first 3 bank I have used due to stereo needing a dedicated battery.

I am going to install an onboard charger and have a retractable cord reel for ease of use. This will also allow me to remove the OBC. My cart sometimes goes a week or two between uses and it charges up fine the first day but by the time I use it it has not held its charge and goes dead quickly. I know this mean my batteries are on the way out but if you charge them better they should last longer.
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i have owned and still own a few battery tenders and love them.......and no offense meant here at all but i don,t know that theres anything out there thats gonna charge those batteries the way they are meant to be charged better than the charger that was designed for the cart.......just an opinion..............................
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I have used several of these chargers on different boats that I have installed systems on, but we have only used the 2 bank ones for cranking battery and acc battery. We have had excellent reusults with these and haven't found a downside to them. This is first 3 bank I have used due to stereo needing a dedicated battery.

I am going to install an onboard charger and have a retractable cord reel for ease of use. This will also allow me to remove the OBC. My cart sometimes goes a week or two between uses and it charges up fine the first day but by the time I use it it has not held its charge and goes dead quickly. I know this mean my batteries are on the way out but if you charge them better they should last longer.
Maybe it's not! I'd do the sp and voltage tests before condemning your batteries. I've seen tons of posts about these OBC's ( which I know nothing about ) that seem to have lots of issues.
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