EC200 and battery charging

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    Hi

    Could anyone please confirm, When connected to power supply at home, we wish to charge batteries, with the charger unit in MH wardrobe switched ON.

    Does the EC200 control panel above door need to be on also or will charging take place with the control panel still in OFF position.? The Motorhome is a 2003 Swift Kontiki 645.
     
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    No the panel does not need to be on.
    Phil.
     
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    Thank you Phil for replying.
     
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    if the panel above the door is not turned on it should charge just the leisure battery if how ever the panel is on and only the top left button on, your leisure bettery will be charged but if you press the second button in from the top left you can run your 12v van bits from the vehicle battery and also charge the vehicle battery if the charger is on. at least that is how it works on our swift kon tiki.
     
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    @Mark5204 why not call or email Sargent for a definate answer, they are quite helpful.
    On later models the Charger units are "smart" and it selects the battery that needs the charge first. My understanding on the EC200 is that it may just charge both at once. The button selection on the control panel allows you to select a battery as the "source". A feature as a back up if your leisure battery is flat of has a problem, however needs to be used with care in case you flatten the engine battery and then cant start.
    I am not convinced that you need to wither select the battery on the panel or that it does in fact change the charging.. Later model, yes.. On my EC500 you can manually select to charge either battery and by EHU or solar. Or leave the "smart" charge to sort it all..

    Good luck anyway and if you do contact Sargent let us know the outcome. :)
     
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    Thank you. Yes I have emailed them and currently waiting for a reply. I've had varied thoughts on whether or not it needs to be switched on. Really appreciate your input and will update when I've spoken to them.
     
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    Did you ever get an answer to this question from Sargent Mark ?? I have the EC325 which I change from leisure to vehicle batteries every 3 or 4 days to ensure alarm does not drain and at this time of year (November) the solar is not enough to keep topped up.
     
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