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Charging Leisure Battery From Engine

Discussion in 'TECH/MECH GENERAL' started by Steve32768, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Steve32768

    Steve32768

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    Hi,

    I have a Ford Autoroller 700 and it has 2 leisure batteries. We went away last weekend with a couple of random stop overs which meant that we didn't have electric hookup. I assumed that the batteries would charge when the engine is running but we ran out of power.

    Should the leisure batteries charge from the engine?

    If so what could be the fault?

    Thanks
     
  2. vwalan

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    batteries no good .or you used too much power. or not charging . have you tried a volt meter on them with and with out engine running . or just a bulb test light .
     
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    Welcome to Fun Steve!:thumb:

    This clip explains all!:Smile:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKURbJOoICk"]Sterling Power - charging batteries - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    It does sound like your power consumption exceeded your charging rate, or as mentioned, you batteries could be goosed. This isn't unusual for the run-of-the-mill, industry-standard rubbish leisure batteries we are sold.
    If you want to camp off-grid often, and wish to use your alternator for charging, you need a Sterling Power Battery-to-Battery charger to boost your charge rate to 45 Amps.

    If you are a tecchie like me, a Sterling Alternator-to -Battery charger is the king of rapid alternator charging, but is a pain to fit!:BigGrin:
     
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