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Forum: General Discussion 06-08-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,130
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Yes plenty of bad experiences.. I listed the only...

Yes plenty of bad experiences.. I listed the only batteries that routinely perform well. Until all the off-shore AGM'S started showing up the only consistently bad AGM's we saw were East Penn. Now...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,130
Posted By CMS
With Firefly out of the US market you have a few...

With Firefly out of the US market you have a few choices,. Not all AGM BATTERIES ARE CREATED EQUAL...


Good Quality AGM's
Odyssey
Northstar
Lifeline
Rolls
Full River
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2022, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,311
Posted By CMS
This will help explain it h...

This will help explain it

h https://marinehowto.com/automotive-alternators-vs-deep-cycle-batteries/ (https://marinehowto.com/automotive-alternators-vs-deep-cycle-batteries/)

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Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2022, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 299
Posted By CMS
IWould not suggest using Amazon grade electriclal...

IWould not suggest using Amazon grade electriclal components
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,132
Posted By CMS
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Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,132
Posted By CMS
Are you looking at the 320Ah drop-in Lithionics? ...

Are you looking at the 320Ah drop-in Lithionics?

Lot more information here:


https://marinehowto.com/drop-in-lifepo4-be-an-educated-consumer/...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 05-10-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By CMS
Happy 13th birthday to my LiFePo4 battery bank (5/10/2009)

Back in 2007 the first lithium iron phosphate battery cells were just beginning to be manufactured and become commercially available. I dove in & began researching everything I could about lithium...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-21-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,647
Posted By CMS
The only batteries we will install for 12V or...

The only batteries we will install for 12V or 24v thrusters are TPPL AGM, either Northstar or Odyssey...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-21-2022, 08:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,711
Posted By CMS
This article may help answer some of these...

This article may help answer some of these questions..

Drop-In LiFePO4 Batteries Be an Educated Consumer (https://marinehowto.com/drop-in-lifepo4-be-an-educated-consumer/)
Forum: Power Systems 08-03-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Posted By CMS
Don’t be fooled that is Electromaax trying to...

Don’t be fooled that is Electromaax trying to hide their reputation with a shadow company. Their kits are also a patent infringement and they are not allowed to sell into the US market..

Be aware...
Forum: General Discussion 06-09-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,380
Posted By CMS
Regarding empty tank and condensation.... ...

Regarding empty tank and condensation....

https://marinehowto.com/does-an-empty-marine-fuel-tank-condensate/
(https://marinehowto.com/does-an-empty-marine-fuel-tank-condensate/)
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 03-29-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By CMS
The Sterling ProCharge Ultra is the identical...

The Sterling ProCharge Ultra is the identical charger for a lot less money... We sell the 12V 60A for $493.00 and the same charger, wearing a ProMariner sticker, is typically $300.00 +/- more...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 02-03-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,958
Posted By CMS
It means that if your bank exceeds the CCA or Ah...

It means that if your bank exceeds the CCA or Ah specification you'll need to default to the manufacturers "short circuit rating". Not too many even publish this rating. Odyssey does and each G-31...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-20-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,139
Posted By CMS
The ER kits for these alternators were...

The ER kits for these alternators were discontinued back in 2017. Last I knew Ballard was out? Ballard has a pretty good pile of used stuff so perhaps they found a few kits in the scrap bins?

We...
Forum: General Maintenance 11-25-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,015
Posted By CMS
I've seen a few that were a rubber cone but not...

I've seen a few that were a rubber cone but not Groco. I suspect the Taiwanese tried to knock them off. They were never as good as the original Groco's and on a couple the rubber deteriorated to the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 11-17-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,356
Posted By CMS
Did not know that as I only know you by your...

Did not know that as I only know you by your screen name. ;) I am also on the committee and have been since 2013.
Forum: Power Systems 09-10-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,988
Posted By CMS
We have plenty of customers who's battery...

We have plenty of customers who's battery manufacturer specifies a minimum charge current of .4C or 40A of harge current per 100Ah of battery bank.

Even at .25C, & East Penn flooded golf car...
Forum: Power Systems 09-10-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 495
Posted By CMS
I use Blackstone Labs and have for a long time....

I use Blackstone Labs and have for a long time. Excellent analysis and you can talk to real humans about the analysis..

One of my most alarming interactions was when auto manufacturers started...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 08-04-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,301
Posted By CMS
And this is one of the reasons why we have so...

And this is one of the reasons why we have so many marine electrical issues, a lack of understanding of the actual safety standards.

AC (green) and DC ground are supposed be bonded on-board the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 08-04-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,301
Posted By CMS
#1 We have always had customers tell us that...

#1 We have always had customers tell us that their boats AC system was not the issue.

#2 They always blame it on the marina.

#3 We have always found the customer boat to be the issue with...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-30-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,837
Posted By CMS
Tom, If you read this article carefully you...

Tom,

If you read this article carefully you will understand why the Ah counter and Smartgauge often disagree.

https://marinehowto.com/programming-a-battery-monitor/



....
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-22-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,377
Posted By CMS
These may help: Heat Shrink Terminals -...

These may help:

Heat Shrink Terminals - DIY-Grade Tool (https://shop.marinehowto.com/products/controlled-cycle-heat-shrink-crimp-tool)

Heat Shrink Terminals - PRO-Grade Tool...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-20-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,767
Posted By CMS
This is one of the major issues with diode or...

This is one of the major issues with diode or even FET isolators. They won't work with "smart" chargers or controllers etc. that need to see a battery voltage in order to turn on.



The...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-07-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,508
Posted By CMS
Voltage sensing on the Balmar ARS-5 is done...

Voltage sensing on the Balmar ARS-5 is done through regulator B+/terminal #2 and Regulator B-/Terminal #1. Both of these wires should be as close to the banks + & - terminals as is possible for the...
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 07-07-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,508
Posted By CMS
Any fuse in an alternator output wire should be...

Any fuse in an alternator output wire should be sized at 150% of the alternators rating. This means there is no way the alternators output can cause the fuse to blow. If that fuse blows, it needed...
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