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Hi all

Next year we intend to retire and spend more time on the boat. We will inevitably spend more time moored than cruising so want to fit a battery charging system to top up whilst on shore power. Needs only a simple system and Victron seem to do some realistic units. HAs anyone any advice on quality of these or other units and are they as easy to fit are they appear?

Andy

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The answer rather depends on your battery type and numbers. My leisure batteries (2x110ah) are flooded lead/acid, and for many years I used a Ctek 7a charger, plugged into a 240v socket, fed by the shore power, just to keep the batteries topped up.

I recently added two more 110ah batteries to the bank, and replaced the 7a charger with a Ctek 10a charger. The charger is connected to the batteries by a (supplied) wire with ring terminals to fix to the battery posts. A very simple system.

I have no experience of Victron, but I notice their chargers are only sealed to IP22, whereas the Ctek are IP65, so careful consideration must be given to where the charger will be sited.



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Hi Andy i use Sterling units they are english, if you take it to them before 10am they will repair the same day. You may find a charger/inverter would be very useful as this will give you 240 volts along with a solar panel when we retired we often stayed for several days at a time and solar ran the fridge so didn't need to run the engine, i have found it difficult to get Vitron units repaired ( they are Dutch) around here and they tend to be bulky compared to Sterling. John

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FWIW, I've never had to have either of my Ctek units repaired.

Just sayin'.

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Hi All
Victron 30 amp 3 port on the boat one port to domestic bank 3 x 120 amp AGM. One port to starter battery sealed 110 amp. A spare port for a bow thruster battery should someone wish to fund the installation for me Smile

In the workshop at home a C TECK I think it's a 15 amp with all the different battery types.

To be honest both systems are brilliant.

Edited to say The workshop charger is not a C Teck it is a Nocco Genius G7200 it does all different battery types and you can leave it on a battery and it will keep the battery in a good charged condition.
Regards again
Marge and Parge

Kindest Regards and thankyou Richard and all you Mods for all you do.
Marge and Parge




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this system incorporates battery charging system and invertor



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Thanks for the replies.

We have a bank of 3 110 amp for domestic and seperate starter the domestic also being charged by a solar panel.

Looks like 20amp 3 port charger will do our requirements leaving a spare output for possible future additions.

Cheers

Andy

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Hi Andy a twenty amp charger won't be big enough to charge the battery bank 3x110=330 amp at 10 amp rate min of thirty five amp charger needed, a 50amp two port charger would be most suitable. John

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“Hi Andy a twenty amp charger won't be big enough to charge the battery bank”

I’m no expert, but my boat’s OE installation would tend to agree: it’s only a littl’un with two 85 Ah gel batteries for the domestic circuit and a 90 Ah AGM starter battery, but the manufacturers installed a 60A/1200 W charger/inverter.

Peter

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