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RE: Upgrading converter

bestconverter finally got back to me and confirmed that there is no auto desulfation or manual control with the BD 1255 MBA 55 Amp 4-Stage Main Board Replacement. The price is great on these, but I want a smart charger and something with more control. Instead they recommended the wildkat powered by progressive dynamics. Looks like you mount the remote pendant somewhere more accessible which gives you more control. It claims to be a true, smart 4 stage charger, which would beat the **** out of my single stage. Anyone have any experience with these???
SirBenji 05/04/22 11:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgrading converter

Thanks for all the replies! Wet cell batteries determine the amount of charge they will accept tapering lower and lower as the SOC goes up. It is not based on time. For “fast” charging you can’t beat Lithium. Have you compared the cost long tern between the two? Have you considered solar for charging? Much easier than running a generator. I’m charging right now…no noise, no gasoline, no maintenance. Moving to multistage saves me about 20 hours! Significant time saver. I would love lithium batteries but don't like the cost. Solar would be amazing as well, but we camp in the mountains a lot and I already have a genny. A multistage converter ticks all my boxes. Let's see you have a 55 amp converter and want to change to a 55 amp converter to charge faster? The WFCO 8955 PEC I have is a single stage. There is a HUGE difference in 55amp single stage charge at 13.6 vs 55amp 14.4 boost mode! Saves me about 20 hours in getting from 50% to 90%. Google multistage battery charging! I am a big fan of those PowerMax LK converters (bestconverter rebrands his as in the OP) for their flexibility in choosing either automatic three stage or else choosing single stage adjustable so you can meet any battery spec but do it manually at the times required for your own scenario. The problem with the OP lower portion type is after you install it, howinheck can you get at the setting controls???? The deck mount kind is easy. Just tuck it in under there with the side that has the two setting holes to the front so you can get at them. On "four stage" vs "three stage" that is from some converters calling their fourth stage which comes on every so often (varies by brand how often) "equalization" when it is not. "Equalization" is an overcharge after the battery is full using say 16v to do a proper desulfation. The "fourth stage" boost every so often to the 14.x "boost" voltage while it is in "storage" of 13.2v (third stage), is actually just to stir the electrolyte and should be called "de-stratification" Anyway, you can get a deck mount 60 amper in there and find a way to get 120v to it from what's there now. Some cut off the converter's plug and wire the cord to the OEM 120v. Or use a nearby 120v receptacle, whatever. Check out boat and Rv which usually has lower prices than best converter for those PowerMax converters, but not always in stock. He has lots now: Thanks for the advice, I will take a look at those. I like the idea of having something built in that is east to access, but with no easy way to adjust, it defeats the purpose!! For all practical purposes you are changing from a 55 amp converter/charger to a 55 amp converter/charger and charging speed won't change. Incorrect - Going from single stage to multistage converter (even if both are at 55amp) will make a massive difference. It will charge considerably faster and will also prolong battery life through having a proper trickle and desulfation. I think I have unknowingly cooked my batteries a bunch at 13.6! Since the WFCO is famous for not going into boost mode, any other quality brand of 55 amp converter definitely will charge your batteries faster. My personal preference is Progressive Dynamics. Thanks, I will take a look at them!
SirBenji 05/04/22 11:48pm Tech Issues
Upgrading converter

Hey folks! I am looking at the BD 1255 MBA 55 Amp 4-Stage Main Board Replacement. I have a WFCO 8955 PEC. I am looking to upgrade to a couple Golf Cart batteries this year and we do a lot of boon dock camping so need faster charge ability when using the generator. Has anyone installed this before? Would this be the best option for me or would you fine folks recommend something else? Also, I've read that the BD 1255 MBA 55 Amp 4-Stage Main Board Replacement is not a true 4 stage smart charger? The boost, normal, and trickle charges happen automatically (based on time) but the equalization charge needs to be manually triggered? Is this true? Anyone who has this know if this is easy to do and how often would I need to do it? I emailed bestconverter.com but they haven't got back to me. Thanks for your time, -Ben
SirBenji 05/04/22 10:19am Tech Issues
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