Charging from elec hookup

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  1. irnbru

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    How long should it take for both leisure battery and van battery to both reach full? I have had elec hook up plugged in 5 days and neither batteries are showing full. I do notice however the charger has a red light on but looks like the element is also red...Is this normal?
     
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    Some chargers need switching on ie rocker switch in middle off rt say engine batt left /LB -don't know if yours is like that but your charger should have charged one of the batts in around 24 hrs easy - a small 4 amp hr batt will stick in aprox 80 ish amps in 20 hrs --chances are your van will have something larger than 12 amps per hr charger --check for switches if ok check batteries :Wink:
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    What's the element ? Never seen one on a battery charger.
     
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    I mean the windy coil behind the red button
     
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    Uhh?
    Not sure anything should be glowing in a charger....
     
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    omg. The more I read all these technical threads the more confused I get ... now I have to check a windy coil!!!! Am gonna sell the van after all and get a push bike with a bag big enough for a one man tent.:Sad:
     
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    Maybe a photo would help?
     
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    Of course ... oops sorry, you meant of the windy coil battery!!!!:Wink::Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    Hi, I'm also a Chausson owner, so I think I recognise the red button. It's there to show you that the mains is connected and also acts as an on-off button for the charger. If it's red, it's working. I wonder what charge you are expecting on your batteries? When we have ours plugged into the mains, the control panel shows 13.7 volts on the hab battery. When disconnected to the mains, this falls to 12.6 volts. What is yours reading?

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    Holding 90% charged then = new batts next yr :BigGrin::Smile:
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    Hi all thx for your help, I don't know what the battery reads but the hook up has been on for over a week and neither the cab or hab battery is showing full, nor have they moved any dots. I have a volt meter but unsure which setting it should be on as theres that many.

    Attached is a picture of the red coil behind the button. Im wondering if its like a convector heater that glows red when faulty?

    Does the picture look normal?
     

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    Probably being over cautious but am struggling to think of why a charger would have a glowing coil.
    Basically it is a transformer that converts 240v to 12v and converts it to DC.
    It is possible that the glow is the charger overheating.
    Any electricians out there?
     
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    it will be the red light to say it's on :Smile:try turning the charger off /see if it goes out :thumb: then back on and see if it glows red again :Smile:
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    Am thinking the same but will try Terrys suggestion, but I know nothings changed in last 8 days.
     
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    :Doh:Oh yeah.... heard that one before ... usually from over a telephone and spoken with an indian accent........:Cool:
     
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    Still think it's the on/off button for the mains supply. I think the "coil" stuff is simply the light cast from the back of the button.

    How do you know batteries are not charged if you have not been able to test them? Does your control panel not give you a reading?

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    The level of dots showing charge is not increasing in either hab or cab.
     
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    buy a five quid multimeter and check the battery voltage.

    only two wires to connect....red one to battery pos, black one to battery neg....in fact, a digital meter should work either way round, before connecting set selector switch to DC volts and thats it.

    13.7v and upwards....charging
    12.6v and downwards....not charging

    simple, reliable and effective.
     
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