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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2009, 04:46:09 PM »
Good job!  Your batteries will thank you!
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2009, 04:53:45 PM »
Good choice, save on the 9260 that thing you mounted next to the oven door is called a dongle.  Charge wizard is internal to the unit. On the 9160 that same disk is the charge wizard itself.. I know, easy to mistake, and techincally.. Makes absolutly NO difference.

Enjoy, you have a very good converter there,  Though I refuse to name any "BEST" cause there are a bunch that all fit that title

That's one of 'em
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2009, 05:13:41 PM »
Good choice, save on the 9260 that thing you mounted next to the oven door is called a dongle.  Charge wizard is internal to the unit. On the 9160 that same disk is the charge wizard itself.. I know, easy to mistake, and techincally.. Makes absolutly NO difference.

Enjoy, you have a very good converter there,  Though I refuse to name any "BEST" cause there are a bunch that all fit that title

That's one of 'em

Quick question...

After installation, I was testing the supply voltage coming of the 9260 and measured 14.2 volts at the output terminals (boost charge mode).  The coach 12 volt receptacles in the dinette, bedroom and lounge all measured right at 14.05 volts.  When I measured across the battery terminals however, it only measured 13.6 volts? 

Is this a function of the batteries taking the charge or should I be concerned about voltage drop between the charger and the batteries?  If it matters, the batteries were not fully charged at the time of the install...they measured 12.3 volts at the terminals prior to the installation with a load.  The distance is about 5 feet from the internal charger to the external battery compartment.
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2009, 05:25:24 PM »
Without knowing cable lengths and cable sizes between converter, battery and distribution panel, I'd say that's normal operation.  Wait until the batteries are fully charged, rested and re-measure.  You'll most likely see a voltage drop in the other direction. JMHO
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2009, 06:21:01 PM »
Is this a function of the batteries taking charge

Well.    Yes, it is

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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2009, 01:31:03 AM »
The real question is how many amps are going to the batteries?  And do you want a higher charging rate than that?   If so, then you should upgrade the size of the wiring connecting the converter and battery.

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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2009, 04:28:09 PM »
Ok, looked up the Parallex.. Seems it comes in two versions  The "T" version is a 2 step charger (or two stage) I'm not sure if the 2nd stage is trigured by time (Bad) or voltage (Better)

Best advice is to visit http://www.bestconverters.com

Scroll down a bit and a frame titled "Extra Info" should appear on the left

Pick a brand of converter (I see I'm not the only one who likes Xantrex and Progressive dynamics here) and download the proper upgrade PDF from that site.
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I looked around that site but found nothing on these type products, am I dumb?

Is there a new URL?



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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2009, 10:23:58 AM »
From the "Best Converters" Web site

Parallex to Xantrex upgarde

Magnetek/Parallex to Xantrex upgrade

Magnetek/Parallex to PDI upgrade

And from the Parallex web site

7300/7300T technical manual PDF

It is this manual that explains the difference between the 73xx and the 73xxT
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #38 on: September 20, 2009, 09:15:40 PM »

I looked around that site but found nothing on these type products, am I dumb?

Is there a new URL?
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It is NOT  www.bestconverters.com  It is www.bestconverter.com

Took me a bit to figure it out as well.

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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #39 on: September 21, 2009, 06:01:38 AM »
Welcome to the forum!
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2009, 10:43:49 AM »
THIS COMPUTER IS DRIVING ME BATTY (park is decorated for 10/31)

I get bestconverter and bestconverters confused all the time.. So much so I usually preview
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2009, 11:06:01 AM »
Sounds like you need a stick-house, John.   ;D



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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #42 on: September 21, 2009, 06:13:37 PM »
No, Just needed to re-boot the computer as it turned out.. It is being much nicer now.

The last thing I need at this point is a stick house.  Though I could sure use a buyer with a spare 50K in his pocket for the one I got.
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #43 on: September 21, 2009, 07:50:49 PM »
I have the original converter in my Coachmen (I'm not sure of the brand/model, but it's a box of rocks 50A charger). A few years ago, I installed a switch and a smaller trickle charger (1.5A) to use for storage.
Switch position 1 = 50A to the battery.
Switch position 2 = off
Switch position 3 = 1.5A to the battery.

I found that using the 1.5A when having the RV in use results in a very unhappy charger (real hot).
Using the 50A charger full time fries the battery.

To overcome this (and take advantage of the night rate offered by New York State Electric and Gas), I installed a programmable timer to cycle the charger on at midnight, and off at 5 AM.

The trickle charger was a garage sale item for $2, I had the switch, and the timer was a Lowes close-out for $10.

So far, everything is OK. I have yet to properly install the timer on the wall under the TV and beside the dinette curtains for ease of programming.

I leave it in the 50A position when it's being used, and in the 1.5A position when stored.
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #44 on: September 22, 2009, 09:28:52 PM »
One of the very first improvements I did when the coach was almost brand-new was to replace the Dimensions charger/inverter with a Xantrex RS2000 pure sine wave and I replaced the three house batteries with Lifeline AGMs.  A good three-stage charger will take good care of your batteries.

When plugged in for a long period of time, do you disconnect the batteries?
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #45 on: September 23, 2009, 07:42:11 AM »
When plugged in for a long period of time, do you disconnect the batteries?

Nope - the coach stays plugged in and the AGM house batteries are floated sometimes for two or three months before we take the coach out again.  Our Xantrex RS2000 is a premium product that is well designed and engineered (and weighs about twice what the replaced Dimensions weighed.)
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #46 on: November 23, 2009, 09:23:53 PM »
I'm planning a trip to Florida this winter and I've been concerned about what might happen to my coach batteries when I'm plugged into shore power for a month. 

After reading all of these posts I've ordered a Progressive Dynamics PD9245 converter from Best Converter to replace my OE Magnatek/Parallax 7445 converter.  I've also ordered a Trik-L-Start for my chassis battery. 

Thanks for all the good info.  I'm glad I found this forum.
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #47 on: November 23, 2009, 10:13:55 PM »
I'm glad I found this forum.

Glad to have you and good luck with the new stuff - you're on the right track!
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2009, 10:48:28 AM »
Mike, we have the same PD converter, and we leave our unit plugged in 365 days a year.  Our batteries have yet to over gas, and I only put in some water maybe once a year.  Thanks for your post.
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Re: CONVERTER CHARGER
« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2009, 01:04:40 PM »
Like FrontrangeRVer.. I have a Progressive Dynamics Intella power (mine is a 9180 with wizard) feeding my Interstate U-2200's

I too add water every spring.  I usually aim for May 1 as my add date.. Can go longer but I'm taking chances long about 13-14 months.. 12 months it is still safe.
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