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Thanks John, the advanced regulator you talk about would that be one from sterling power? i have had a look on the website and there are loads to choose from? so my system is 1 70 amp altenator diode splitter 3 domestics and one starter battery.

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When I bought one of these and set about fitting it I actually rang their help line, they  are incrediibly patient and helpful so I would think they will likely give you good advice without the usual steering you to the most bells and whistles! Give them a ring before you choose which.


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Hi Adrian Yes i have a Sterling AB 12400 You wouldn't need such a expensive as this this one is easier to wire up and doesn't affect the alternator warranty and it takes two alternators, the smaller and cheaper A/AB type would suit you,by all means ring them for advice after reading ALL there info on battery to alternator charging and shore power charging, a small 100w solar panel is also a good thing as this will keep your battery fully charged when your not their, relying on shore power charging while you are not their can be problematic and costly. John

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Really worth a call, It was actually Charles Sterling who was on the help line and he patiently took me through each stage of the instalation. The hard bit was getting a "sensing wire" attached to the alternator but I suspect they have advanced a tad since then.


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No, they haven't! You still need to solder/braze, or otherwise connect a wire directly to the alternator brush holder (and probably always will). That was the hardest part of the procedure for me. But once done, it gives a great improvement in re-charging the batteries.

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Hi That's one of the reasons i went for the more expensive one, that and it doesn't affect the warranty as the alternator is not touched with the D type, it's not to difficult a job, removing the alternator from the engine is usually the most difficult part i have found,  if you use the largest soldering iron you have so you get the heat onto the brush carrier quickly prevents any problems that can occur if you use a small one for a prolonged period of time, the heat doesn't have time to travel to adjacent components and cause problems.John

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Hi
Sorry to (slightly) hijack this thread but could I ask,
we are on shore power and over the winter we leave the boat plugged into the shore power but all we use it for is charging the batteries (no tube heaters, dehumidifier etc). What difference would it make if we left the power off? Presumably not much as hire boats generally seem to be without mains power over the winter unless batteries are removed of course.
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Hi Skip None at all i assume that you drain down your water,and the engine, leaving the battery charger switched on all the time can affect the battery unless you have a charger that has a stand by mode, the charger will also consume a small amount of power to run itself that's where a solar panel works well no power used from mains and no worry of supply being tripped or disconnected.Oh and if you don't have a battery maintainer connected over winter it is good practice to disconnect battery bank batteries with each other it only needs one lead on each battery disconnected, this prevents them discharging into each other John



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Thanks Annville pretty much what I thought. It's surprising (to me) that when winterised between mid Nov and mid Feb we used £12.00 of electric. Not a concern just surprised the charger uses that much.

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Hi Skip Solar would be free plus when moored up on holiday it would charge your batteries for 18 hrs a day weather permitting, you do have the initial cost of the panels of course, plus no engine running to charge your batteries there again depending how much power use in a day. John

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