mains charger

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  1. Spade

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    hi all.

    I am trying to find out if there is a mains charger in the van.how would I go about finding it.

    If there is, would it be separate from the electroblock.or is mains charging part of the electeblock

    I understand that the engine charges the batteries when running,but am unsure about a mains set up

    The van is 16 years old if that's any help
     
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    The charger will be part of the Electroblock. You should have a mains EHU inlet on the outside of the van somewhere (or maybe inside the battery locker if you have such a thing). With mains plugged in you should be able to tell from your control panel whether or not the leisure battery is being charged.
     
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    What model of Electroblock is it? EBL 99 or EBL 101, etc? What model of panel is it? DT201 maybe?

    If you can read a voltage, then any voltage higher than 13.6 volts means something is charging the battery.

    Briefly, the voltage goes up to around 14.8 volts while charging, and settles down to about 13.6 to 13.8 volts when they're fully charged.
     
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    The Elektrobloc is an intelligent multi-stage charger and 12v control unit. It contains the mains charger, relays for engine charging and 12v fridge control, fuses for the various 12v circuits etc. When plugged into a 230v supply, it will charge habitation batteries and engine starter battery.
     
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  5. Spade

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    Thanks for the replies.the model number is a EBL99.

    I did not realise that it did all those things.i just assumed it was just like a home consumer unit sending power to the lights fridge etc.
    The reason I asked was that I am having problems with my satellite dish.it is a kathrein ufd 171.
    It sometimes won't move and find satellites and is giving a low power message.everything else electrical is working fine.
    I have driven the van a good bit
    I have two batteries,one of which the the kathrein is connected to, which I tested with electrical meter and and it showed 12.5 volts.
    I took it out and charged it and it showed 13.6 volts and dropped to 13.4 volts after 6 hours but dropped to 12.7 after trying the dish (which worked).

    It would be great if I could charge the batteries by mains so I could see if the batteries need to be changed.

    So in short the ebl99 will charge the batteries..thats great.

    The batteries are two numax leisure batteries.


    Any idea how long I should plug tha van in for.

    sorry for the long post and more questions
     
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    It looks like the battery might be duff.
     
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  7. Spade

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    Any opinions on Halfords leisure batteries if I do need to change
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    The charger part is a bit fragile.

    If you hook up and the battery does not immediately show a charge, assuming it's all turned on, then you probably have a problem.
     
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    @GJH .I just saw your motorhome notes under your post. It's very informative.
    Just going through them now
     
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    Reference to your question about Halfords batteries you will probably find them more expensive than any where else. Ring round the motor factors for a price comparison.
     
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    Agree with the above. Halfords batteries are OK if you need one in a hurry, but they do charge top prices.
     
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  13. Spade

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    ^^^^^^^
    115 ah battery 93 pounds
    70 ah battery 71 pounds

    that's converted from euro.
    I had thought that was on the low side compared to amazon etc

    what do you think??
     
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    I've just checked the batteries on the power panel and then connected up the van to the mains and it's looking good. The battery gauge is showing a higher value with the mains on.

    Thanks again for all the help
     
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    Tayna batteries online.
     
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