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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    mention of timer on its front case is a bit odd for a solar charger.
    Got the same regulator here Cuppa. It`s for the aux power out - can set it to turn your camp lights on after a certain period of time for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VK2FMIA View Post
    Got the same regulator here Cuppa. It`s for the aux power out - can set it to turn your camp lights on after a certain period of time for example.
    Oh okay I haven’t seen that before, Although I have had a regulator which switched lights on and off automatically on dark and dawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the evil twin View Post
    No worries Cobber... tired of Mangoes and Mub Crab yet?
    Is that even possible?

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    Hi Guys, just gone out to car to check volts , battery saying 12.6 , so i don't think its say at 14.4 as earlier today. here's a video link below of the controller unit I have, I think it will be ok for my needs as the car sits for months with out being started regards Alex and thank for all your comments cheers.

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    Sounds ok.

    Just be aware of the need to check battery fluid regularly. Suggest weekly to start with until you know what is required.
    That charger will take the battery to 100% charge when the car is not used regularly. Wet batteries will bubble & gas when being fully charged & may lose fluid & need regular topping up as a result. Alternator charging is different, & only generally charges starter batteries to 70 or 80%, which doesn’t gas them. If you keep your battery fully charged & topped up it should give it a longer life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    Sounds ok.

    Just be aware of the need to check battery fluid regularly. Suggest weekly to start with until you know what is required.
    That charger will take the battery to 100% charge when the car is not used regularly. Wet batteries will bubble & gas when being fully charged & may lose fluid & need regular topping up as a result. Alternator charging is different, & only generally charges starter batteries to 70 or 80%, which doesn’t gas them. If you keep your battery fully charged & topped up it should give it a longer life.
    Thanks Cuppa good advise from your post , My battery is the maintenance free one that SuperCheap sell for 4X4 and boats
    Last edited by altech; 16th December 2018 at 10:10 AM.
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    My sparkie son in law, said to me to lower the hours rate per day to 6-8 hours and may save the battery from cooking, the unit has all the overload/charge features anyway
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    As the vehicle sits for extended periods of time, have you considered putting in an isolator switch (prefer double pole) to disconnect the PV panels from the charging circuit, after a couple of days, when the battery has reach a full state of charge(let it float). This would avoid cycling the battery daily and then just monitor the battery weekly or what ever and charge when needed to maintain a good SOC.
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    Bwaaahahaha... anyone else notice old mate in the Vid likes to let his Propane bounce around in the same placcy box as his batteries?
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    Well spotted, possible sympathetic detonation to happen here (maybe a cook off!!!). Everything is portable though, even the battery slides about and he might as well throw a couple spanners in also.
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