New Batteries

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  1. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    My battery charger is a 3 stage jobby with a 15min desulphating mode every 21hrs.
    safe to leave on indefinately.

    decided to check electrolyte levels the other day but checked voltage first.......8 volts in my 4 x 110ah bank. :eek:

    Checked the charger.....turned on and working.
    mode one (its switchable) float = 13.2v....correct
    mode two.....absorption.....13.8v....correct
    mode three.......bulk......14.4......correct.
    Cant check desulph but thats 15v.

    But......nothing going to the batteries.

    Took a few hours to find the fault.

    I had inadvertantly isolated the hab batteries instead of the engine battery. :doh:
    this would have been November or December so no wonder the batteries were so low.
    isolating my bank isolates fully...inc from the charger.
    of course the charger is still powering the 12v system so i never noticed whenever i went in.

    Upshot is i have 4 knackered batteries...tried charging but you can smell rotten eggs all the way to Humberside.

    The rv is for sale so i only wanted the cheapest possible.

    eBay is your friend.

    Won a pair at auction and was ready to bid on two more auctions....same seller, same batteries.

    The seller rang with a query and i mentioned i was going to bid on the other two.

    Dont bother, when you come for the two you won ill sell you two more at the starting price.

    I dont expect miracles and will check the standing voltage befoe i pay but as said, i only ant really cheap ones.

    How much ?

    £147 for four.......£77 for the winning bid and £35 each for the other two.

    Got to collect from Manchester but even with fuel they are still only £45 each.
     
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  2. Malcolm Bolt

    Malcolm Bolt Funster Life Member

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    Of course in humberside nobody would notice any change inthe atmosphere.
     
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    JockandRita Funster Life Member

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    Or North Yorkshire even. ;)
     
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    which charger are you using pappajohn? it sounds like a good piece of kit
     
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    Try five star batterys in Leeds
    Last I heard you could get 110s for £70
    I bought a used one of them for brother in law a couple of years ago for £20
    It's still going strong
     
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    Blimey that's cheap, hope they last until you sell the van.:)
     
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    Malcolm Bolt Funster Life Member

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    Well really! With remarks like that you could end up spending a night in the porridge drawer. haha.
     
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    Just bought 2 110 amps not branded from five star
    £120 including vat 12 month warranty
    He recons to have sold a hell of lot and only had 2 back as dud
    And yes I do trust them as I have delt with them for years with no problems
    Next ones up were Varta at £80 each
    @pappajohn
     
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