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Date Posted: - Monday - 04/23/07 - 1:08pm
Author: Randall
Subject: The solution, for now
In reply to: Capt'n Mike - Gypsy Mariner TM36K 's message, "How were your voltage readings taken?" on - Sunday - 04/22/07 - 1:36pm

Thanks for all the input, gents.

It is with some embarrassment that I admit my first question turned out to be a red herring. With the switch in the OFF position (which it was in my example) there is no way the single solar panel could have charged both batteries given the way Id installed it. With the red lead to battery #1 and its ground to battery #2, I didnt make a connection in the physical sense (or, in this case, metaphorical either).

In the short term, at least, Ive rigged a small regulator to the panel and connected the panel to battery #2, the house battery (kind of following Bills advice, but without using the BOTH strategy for the moment).

Why? The starter battery is 4 years old and seems as fresh now as when I bought it even with a charging regime that ONLY includes running the engine. Its twin, the house battery, which I just replaced, was dead as a door knob after 4 years of the same. So it seems the house battery needs the more care.

Thanks again.


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