Van Bitz Battery Master alternative

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  1. Diabalo

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    Hi,

    Someone posted on here an alternative to the Van Bitz battery master, can anyone remember what it was called? I have searched but can't find the thread, I believe they said you could get thme on flebay.
     
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    I fitted a Battery Charge Manager from CAK Tanks to our previous van. I have seen mention of alternatives on eBay but no idea how good they are.
     
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    CAK Tanks do something similar there stock code is BCM12

    Download their catalogue and price list here cak downloads

    Lunarman
     
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    If its the gizmo that diverts power from the solar panel when the leisure battery is full to the engine battery. Its the CBE CSB-2 and available from ebay. It works great as I fitted one to my FFB. I do have a spare in the "Stores" if you cant find one on ebay.
     
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    I have a new/unopened vanbitz battery master for sale, £45:thumb:
     
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    i have the bcm12,and can confirm it does the job:thumb:
     
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    I have a Van Bitz battery master fitted Jim and to be honest I'm not sure it does the job, the Vehicle batt keeps going down and but the Hab batt is fine, if I turn the hazards on I can see the battery master light flashing on and off which indicates it's putting a charge in. I believe It's supposed to put a charge accroos once the Vehicle battery is .5 of a volt below the hab battery but that doesn't seem to be the case. maybe it's knackered.
     
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    im sure Eddie Vanbitz would be able to advise on this.
     
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    Would this do what you want? E bay. 330528191980
     
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    HERE

    Scroll down about 5 pages to catalog page 81 and its on the bottom right:thumb:
    Geo

    AND HERE under its old part No CSB2 , Me thinks
     
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    I should delay till next week then email Eddie a link to this thread, then he can get a chance to comment - he's at the NEC at the mo (has a stand anyway so I assume he is!) so may not see this otherwise.
     
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    We already know what Eddie thinks, want a reliable one get the Battery master want to save a few quid get the cak tank or other foreign made jobby
    he has nothing bad to say about competitors versions, only states the obvious, to me anyhow you gets what you pay for simples
     
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    It has nothing to do with price and everything to do with purpose.
    Eddies device was designed to maintain the engine battery at all costs were no hook up or solar was available to delay the flattening of the battery due to strike back alarms

    The CBE unit delivers a higher charge transfer rate only after the leisure batteries are full and is designed for installations where solar supports the batteries.
    CBE are a very big Italian electrical company providing for many thousands of motorhomes

    AND where do you suppose the battery master is manufactured
     
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    or over wintering on ehu:thumb:
     
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    My own CBE unit top left. As soon as my leisures reach 13.6 volts it send up to 4amps to the engine battery
    [​IMG]
     
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    There made in the Uk
    I was quoting Eddie not second guessing him:RollEyes:
     
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    possibly why its so expensive :Laughing:
    But again its not about the price.

    If a van is parked long enough without solar or hook up the battery master will flatten the leisure battery in its effort to maintain the engine battery.
    that isnt a fault it is designed to do that

    A CBE unit only gives charge to the engine battery when the leisure is full and stops giving charge when the leisure drops to 12.6 volts
     
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