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    Good about the temp compensation Darren. They should all have it. Surprised the float voltage isn't given..... & you're right it isn't, I just checked the manual online.

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    I consider Intervolt the high end of the various manuf supplying this type of gear.
    I use their stuff for some remote telemetry stations and they are the ducks guts but also have a lot of features not necessarily needed for a reccy application.

    There is only about 100 pages less horseshit on the entire WWW about batteries than there is about wine.

    Bottom line is after reliability not a lot else matters IE getting an extra 5% battery life from a Charger spec'd in a lab that you never see in the real world 'cause you forgot to turn off your CB a couple of times and drew down the battery to 40% or whatever is in the "Pffft category" IMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by the evil twin View Post
    I consider Intervolt the high end of the various manuf supplying this type of gear.
    I use their stuff for some remote telemetry stations and they are the ducks guts but also have a lot of features not necessarily needed for a reccy application.

    There is only about 100 pages less horseshit on the entire WWW about batteries than there is about wine.

    Bottom line is after reliability not a lot else matters IE getting an extra 5% battery life from a Charger spec'd in a lab that you never see in the real world 'cause you forgot to turn off your CB a couple of times and drew down the battery to 40% or whatever is in the "Pffft category" IMHO
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    MudRunner as you can see some time has elapsed and would you mind giving an update on your ctek. I'm going down the same road with CTEK D250SA DC/DC 20A Dual Battery System/Solar Controller and 2 yellow tops running 2x 40 lt engels 2x 4amp/hr work lights, and only a TD4.2T as backup generator .
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    How do you know if your model has a "smart alternator"??
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    Quote Originally Posted by dads tractor View Post
    MudRunner as you can see some time has elapsed and would you mind giving an update on your ctek. I'm going down the same road with CTEK D250SA DC/DC 20A Dual Battery System/Solar Controller and 2 yellow tops running 2x 40 lt engels 2x 4amp/hr work lights, and only a TD4.2T as backup generator .
    I've had one in my car for a while now. Unit works great. Charges really well. My battery is directly underneath mine and it works incredibly when my 120W solar panels feed it. It also charges the main battery once the Aux is close to full. Neat simple install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    How do you know if your model has a "smart alternator"??
    sits up the front of the engine bay maybe Threedogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    How do you know if your model has a "smart alternator"??
    I could be wrong, but with a smart alternator, there is usually some sensor doodah at the battery end, that tells the alternator what to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dads tractor View Post
    sits up the front of the engine bay maybe Threedogs.
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    Hodge I see you dont run a smartpass I thought they ran as a pair what am I missing.
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