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Alpena Jeff

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2017, 04:38:58 PM »
Confused. The bulk charge on my bank from what I've read shows 51.1. I'm getting that. I'll try to find where I found that.
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QZ

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2017, 05:19:37 PM »
« Last Edit: November 09, 2017, 05:31:35 PM by QZ »

Alpena Jeff

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2017, 05:32:03 PM »
Ok. Test it at rest? Let it come to full charge then rest for 24 hours?
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2016 Newmar Ventana 3427
Cummings ISBXT turbo 6.7L 360HP
Allison 3000MH
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Retired to "the lake" in north Michigan
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QZ

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2017, 08:38:04 PM »
Ok. Test it at rest? Let it come to full charge then rest for 24 hours?

Test it now or after charging.  Suck enough electrolyte into the hydrometer to get the pendulum to float. Hold the hydrometer straight up and down. It will probably have some marks on the housing so you can keep it level. You dont want it tilted a lot or the float may bind and not give an accurate reading. The float should look like it bounces a little and floats freely. Carefully squeeze all the electrolyte back into the cell after checking each one and rinse the hydrometer. Make note of what each cell reads.

If all the cells check about the same then we know that it probably doesn't have one bad cell which is like having one bad link in the chain. If they all check low we need to look closer at the charging. Do you have the remote monitor which allows manual equalization?



Also I'd say again that it's acid that will eat everything, clothes, rags and eyeballs. It's wise to wear goggles and even have some eyewash water on hand. Stuff happens.
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Alpena Jeff

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2017, 04:23:59 AM »
Thanks to everyone trying to help.
QZ, I'll go pick up a new hydrometer once the sun comes up and report back.
Only got an inch of snow last night. Fortunate
Heading to deer camp in da U.P. tomorrow. We will find up to a foot there. Yea! ::)
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2016 Newmar Ventana 3427
Cummings ISBXT turbo 6.7L 360HP
Allison 3000MH
2018 Canyon All Terrain toad
"Official" snowbird!
Retired to "the lake" in north Michigan
Preachers kid since day one!

AStravelers

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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2017, 06:31:32 AM »
Thanks to everyone trying to help.
QZ, I'll go pick up a new hydrometer once the sun comes up and report back.
Only got an inch of snow last night. Fortunate
Heading to deer camp in da U.P. tomorrow. We will find up to a foot there. Yea! ::)
Be sure to compensate for the temperature when you take the specific gravity readings.  If you buy a battery hydrometer with markings for different temp's it will be easier. 
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Re: I have 4 solar panels on the roof
« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2017, 10:53:24 AM »
Be sure to compensate for the temperature when you take the specific gravity readings.  If you buy a battery hydrometer with markings for different temp's it will be easier.

EZ RED is temperature compensated so it's easy for new users. It's low profile and durable break proof construction are ideal for an RV'er.  If you want a good glass hydrometer with compensation markings the only one to buy is a Freas.  Freas is old school high quality but fragile and bulky at 12 inches long.  For RV users red/blue/green is more than  sufficient vs adding or subtracting .004 per 10 degrees.

 

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