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RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

I have a question ... does anyone know more about "traction" batteries? It seems that they may be superior for use in RVs than just plain deep cycle batteries - if they could be found in sizes that will fit into most RVs.That's what my L16's are. They're typically pretty tall (and heavy) and unsuitable in most RV's. Some of the new DP's have them in either flooded or AGM.
mena661 10/29/14 10:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Cool Grill!!

Looks like the pellet grills/smokers are the big rage now. I posted about the new Davey Crockett WiFi pellet stove in the cooks section. CLICKY Best of all it's somewhat portable & uses 12VDC for the electric supply!
mena661 10/29/14 01:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

MEX, what voltage are you charging your Lifeline's at?
mena661 10/29/14 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

PT, the Lifeline's do very pooprly when not fully recharged once a month MINIMUM. There's that sailing blog where the owners chronically partially charged their Lifeline's and they were ruined within the year. If you want the best life from them, I'd fully charge them at least once a week. When things get tough I'm planning on taking this one down to 30% SOC providing I can recharge it fully, within a day or so. Where these critters shine is in high amp draw situations, like a pair of 31's dedicated to operating an 1,100 watt microwave via a PSW inverter.Thanks MEX.
mena661 10/29/14 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

I cannot take credit for that.You set me straight on that so you get the credit. :) BTW, mena's mermaid sister (known as Gertrude locally) never showed up this year, so we all figured she got knocked up last winter and went somewhere else, being shy as she is.Yeah, she's holed up in a coral reef somewhere last I heard. LOL!
mena661 10/28/14 10:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

Are the Lifeline AGM's "limited" to 80% SOC discharges? Or can they be taken lower? How about 40% SOC?
mena661 10/28/14 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

So Lifeline AGM's are pretty good batteries. Guess I'll put them on the list. Great info to know!
mena661 10/28/14 09:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

If it is true, 'speed charging' leads to lower sg readings, I would definitely like to see the evidence. My experiences with my own batteries. C/7 charging doesn't get my SG any higher than BFL with his fast charging. I've even charged at C/5. The best I've seen was 1.265 (C/7) with it mostly hitting 1.260 or a bit lower. I've been using BFL's charging methods since I got my batteries. I've tried the converter only method with 3 different models. My batts are pampered big time. Doesn't work for me. YMMV.
mena661 10/28/14 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Dry Camping: Many Power Solutions. What about Waste/Water?

I wonder if Canadian gallons get you more for your buck? You wouldn't know it by the price of fuel in Canada. The key to less crap. is more fiber in your diet. And dropping no wipe tootsie rolls..Didn't consider the Canadian gallon. What is that like 75 gal US? :) My craps are very healthy LOL, PLENTY of fiber over here. I was just "funnin" BTW. We're pretty good at water conservation but at some point it's pointless to conserve more IMO. We don't like to live uncomfortably.
mena661 10/28/14 03:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

I have seen this shift in when amps begin to taper when using a lower charge rate as well; like 45a on a 215 bank. I have seen my 45 take my bank well past 80% at full current.I charge mine at a pretty low rate (~C/7), maybe too low, but I've observed this behavior also. I estimate mine gets somewhere into the 90% SOC range before tapering.
mena661 10/28/14 03:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Efficient Computer Monitor Upgrade?

There are decent wireless headphones. Wired will give the best sound quality but older ears generally can't tell the difference.
mena661 10/27/14 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging Amps engine alternator vs Generator

Because your batteries aren't really full. You might have gotten them to the low 90% range. Voltage does not tell all. Different charging methods are required for dry campers.
mena661 10/27/14 10:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Dry Camping: Many Power Solutions. What about Waste/Water?

well, I'm a hippie, and I can go 3 - 4 weeks on 54 u.s. gallons :)I could use less than that if I didn't shower or take a crap.
mena661 10/27/14 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

mena... which inverter are you running for that TV? i take it a rather small one... lolI have two TV's in the rig. And sometimes we bring the 40" along. :) I use a GoPower PSW 300W. I can run all three at the same time along with their associated DTV boxes. But with these low power TV's, you could run a few of them off a 150W.
mena661 10/27/14 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Is this PT's future?

Mounted correctly Side mounted solar folded flat, will not even be as thick as the awning roller. Should not be a legal problem, or physical problem no matter what size RVX2
mena661 10/27/14 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Rather than start a new thread since everyone is here.. Any of you battery boys ever used one of THESE ?Never used that one myself. I have a Freas. :)
mena661 10/27/14 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual Trojans and furnace

Mine self discharge at ~1% per week.
mena661 10/26/14 10:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Efficient Computer Monitor Upgrade?

I have a 23" Samsung and it only has an optical output. The rest are all inputs.
mena661 10/25/14 11:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Efficient Computer Monitor Upgrade?

Vizio is a US company, headquartered in Irvine, CA. They're not a Chinese "knock off". Whatever that means. They make pretty good TV's. Viewsonic used to make good monitors back in the day but not anymore. Please research reviews before knocking products. Besides, what electronic device is made solely in the US in the last 30 years? MEX, there are indeed differences in quality and the higher the price, the better the quality when it comes to monitors/TV. You definitely do get what you pay for BUT you don't have to buy the super high quality stuff to get good quality. I would stay away from the super cheap, non name brand stuff. I buy the middle of the road stuff typically and that's good enough to last a few years in my experience. I STILL have a Samsung DLP TV as my main TV. Yeah, I have to buy new bulbs every few years but it's 10 years old and works like a champ. It was an upper midrange TV when new. Eventually it will be replaced with a LCD.
mena661 10/25/14 11:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Efficient Computer Monitor Upgrade?

You're welcome MEX. A 1080P monitor/TV is not needed at a size of 23". You won't see the difference. As to Almot saying stay away from TV's, the only difference between a TV and a computer monitor is the TV has a tuner, computer monitors do not. Otherwise, there is ZERO difference. Sometimes the addition of a tuner adds to the price. You can get either a TV or a monitor, makes ZERO difference. I am an IT guy, tech is my job and my hobby. That's why I am trying to keep this simple because it is. See the steps I listed above. Almot, cheap laptops have cheap components. A new 17" laptop may or may not draw less power than your old 15". At the cheap end of the spectrum, people do not care about these things so the manufacturers don't either. That's why I build my own desktop computers because I don't want cheap. I do have a laptop and it was cheap but I don't pretend it is something it isn't.
mena661 10/25/14 08:43pm Tech Issues
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