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Further update

Fridge still going, into day five. New LED lights now very bright.

Note. Tried the water pump, it worked, but sounded laboured. Battery showing its lowish to larger draw ?

Anybody know the draw/current of the pump, so i can calculate impact on a charged battery ?

Thx !


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OBX-GL wrote:

Further update

Fridge still going, into day five. New LED lights now very bright.

Note. Tried the water pump, it worked, but sounded laboured. Battery showing its lowish to larger draw ?

Anybody know the draw/current of the pump, so i can calculate impact on a charged battery ?

Thx !
Other internet searching says 4-5 amps but laboring it will likely pull more.

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Conclusion, for anyone this little experiment may benefit.
End of day five, fridge and lights still going on my one little battery.

Realizing battery was low enough to not support any larger loads, i put the shore power back on. We will be using the pump minimally camping, will be interesting its 4-5amp impact. May report back on that.

Basically I would do solar upgrades should we continue using non serviced sites, however thats not currently our plans. The experiment and your help gave peace of mind till we get on our typical site. Father inlaw will loan me a battery, and so will my mechanic. Three batteries should get us through 6 days, i hope.
Thx again all !

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OBX-GL wrote:

Conclusion, for anyone this little experiment may benefit.
End of day five, fridge and lights still going on my one little battery.

Realizing battery was low enough to not support any larger loads, i put the shore power back on. We will be using the pump minimally camping, will be interesting its 4-5amp impact. May report back on that.

Basically I would do solar upgrades should we continue using non serviced sites, however thats not currently our plans. The experiment and your help gave peace of mind till we get on our typical site. Father inlaw will loan me a battery, and so will my mechanic. Three batteries should get us through 6 days, i hope.
Thx again all !


Cool, let us know how you fared.

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So for the people who switch from the one 12v battery to two 6v do you need a different charger for the 6v?

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No. You just have to ensure that you hook the battery charger positive cable to one battery, and the battery charger negative cable to the other battery. AND, be sure that you don't hook to the battery terminals that the connecting cable is hooked to. That is important.


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