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Old 12-11-2019, 07:21 AM   #1
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Battery Charger Recommendation

I need to replace my battery charger - charger only, not charger/inverter. It will be used to charge three 8D lead-acid starter batteries. I am considering the following:
- Sterling ProCharge 60 Amps
- Victron Centaur 12/60
- ProNautic1260P.

Any recommendations on the above three options?

I considered at the Newmar PT-60 but it appears to be three times the cost of the above units.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:25 AM   #2
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FWIW, the Sterling and the ProMariner are essentially the same unit. Shared development, something like that...

We have two ProMariner chargers; one the original pre-ProNautic charger, still working fine; the other a newer inverter/charger, seems to work fine.

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I am all over the Promariner chargers...mine has been reliable and the info from the panel LEDs is great for info/troubleshooting (though nothing has gone wrong in 3 years.
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I am all over the Promariner chargers...mine has been reliable and the info from the panel LEDs is great for info/troubleshooting (though nothing has gone wrong in 3 years.
+1, I replace my old charger with a sterling same as promariner and it is working like a charm.

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I have a Promariner 1250P that works great. They have excellent customer service too. I thought mine had a problem, but it turns out it was the way the PO wired it.
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60 amps seems like overkill (by a factor of 2) for starting batteries. 25 or 30 amps is quite adequate for 8Ds in that application. The PT 60 is a 24 volt charger by the way. NewMar's PT 25 would be about perfect, or you can go the 40 if you are paranoid.
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:04 AM   #7
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The hassle is if one batt bites the dust , a single charger may overcharge the other batts and boil out their water.

An individual battery charger for each batt is safe , tho the tiny output is to keep them charged not help with engine starting.


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The hassle is if one batt bites the dust , a single charger may overcharge the other batts and boil out their water.

An individual battery charger for each batt is safe , tho the tiny output is to keep them charged not help with engine starting.


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Supersmar...yABEgLZKvD_BwE
He's looking at 3 bank chargers, as he should.

Starting batteries on oft used boats don't really need a charger, and most small boats don't have one.... nor does the typical car or truck. A 60 amp charger is more appropriate for a large deep cycle house bank that gets drawn down heavily.
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I've had a 1250P for an uneventful year. No complaints t a). But, I can't speak for the long term. One bank per start battery, 2 engines + Gender.
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