Electric Hook Up Queary

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by Morrissp, May 28, 2015.

  1. Morrissp

    Morrissp Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gloucester
    Hi, we have just swopped our caravan for a Burstner Ixeo Time, and have it parked on our drive. So far i have left it connected on hook up, but wondered if that was good for it?
    What does everyone else do, just connect regularly and before going away or leave connected?

    Any help would be appreciated

    Steve
     
  2. Stealaway

    Stealaway Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    969
    Likes Received:
    1,105
    Location:
    Dronfield - Derbyshire
    I was told by the repair people for the charging system (forgot the name - based in Wales) that you should not keep it on charge. Only plug it in when the voltage on the battery's drop to 12.2 V . I tend to switch mine on about every two weeks for 24 hours. I have a Burstner T660
     
  3. Morrissp

    Morrissp Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gloucester
    Thanks for the quick response
     
  4. Jackspeak

    Jackspeak Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2014
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    1,723
    Location:
    Naarfook
    I have mine plugged in all the time on a timer, it comes on for an hour a day,had no problems.
     
  5. gibbon

    gibbon Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2013
    Messages:
    308
    Likes Received:
    326
    Location:
    Shatterford
    I think it depends on the type of charger.
    I plan to get rid of my old zig 7 unit as it's making a funny buzzing noise now for some reason.
    I've bought an Amperor 3 stage power supply/charger which I believe will look after the batteries, like a ctek or optimate does.
    I plan to leave it plugged in on our drive.
     
  6. TerryL

    TerryL Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Messages:
    1,259
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Location:
    North East
    I'm no expert but generally, provided your battery charger is modern and working correctly, it should reduce to just trickle charge once fully charged. As you shouldn't let batteries fall below 50% charge, and it's surprising how fast that can happen due to all sorts of reasons, it's got to be much better to leave the van hooked up (one of the reasons I fitted solar and a battery mate). It also reduces the number of recharging cycles so in theory the battery should last longer.The latest chargers are all-singing and all-dancing and are programmed to look after your battery using various charging regimes.

    You should also ensure the vehicle battery is being charged as well as the leisure battery. Some chargers have this capability or there are other methods which have been outlined in other posts. Search on "Leisure Batteries" or similar.

    If you're at all uncertain, though, just do as suggested above and fit a timer for a few hours per week.
     
  7. Morrissp

    Morrissp Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gloucester
    I just checked the manual and it states: When the vehicle is connected to the 230 V power supply, the transformer/rectifier charges the starter battery with a float charge only.
    The controller/charger is an Elektroblock EBL 99.
    I think the timer is a great idea, so will fit one of those

    Steve
     
  8. Don Quixote

    Don Quixote Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2012
    Messages:
    2,500
    Likes Received:
    3,697
    Location:
    Lost in La Mancha, Spain
    When at home I have MH on 247/365 charge to batteries. Modern Mh have a smart charger that will drop charge to a trickle so keeping batteries in good order. Stealaway whoever told you they should NOT keep it on charge is talking our their arse........... to keep batteries good they must be charged or trickle charged ALL the time ( when not in use ). 22+ years in Army ( Royal Signals ) where batteries were the main part of my radio vehicle gives me enough credit to know what I'm talking about ( I think...... )
     
    • Like Like x 3
  9. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,258
    Likes Received:
    5,081
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Won't be a problem with an Elektroblock, our last Hymer I used to leave it plugged in all the time until I fitted solar panels, batteries were still as good as new at 6 years old.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. sdc77

    sdc77 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,489
    Likes Received:
    2,898
    Location:
    East london
    .. Always plugged in ..
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    29,484
    Likes Received:
    16,967
    Location:
    YO11 2BD
    24/7. But I have a quality American made multi stage charger.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Adrian & Alison

    Adrian & Alison Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Messages:
    26
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Surrey
    As above .. Connected 24 / 7
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. gus-lopez

    gus-lopez Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2014
    Messages:
    4,408
    Likes Received:
    8,077
    Location:
    Lorca,Murcia,Spain
    & me. + solars on as well .lol
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. Morrissp

    Morrissp Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gloucester
    Thanks guys
     
Loading...

Share This Page