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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2022 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Externally mounting the Redarc DC-DC Reply with quote

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I spent a lot of time thinking about what size dc to dc charger to get. I ended up with a 20amp charger. My alternator is a 120 amp charger. Camped with the heater running I use maybe 10 amps a night. Once on the road, my SOC is 100% in less than an hour of running the engine. Curious, how much power are you folks using in a 12 hour period?


Thereís also the element of camping several nights and days in one spot. The amp usage over that period of time can quickly climb especially with more features built into the rigs. Overbuilding the battery system usually has the end goal of making it invisible. Itís a luxury, sure, but itís nice never to have to worry about a depleted battery despite camping several days in the shade with nice comfort and features. Itís not for everyone of course, but the footprint of a well built ~300Ah lithium battery can be considered modest compared to the conveniences it offers. Iím building a 300Ah system right now with all the guts that should fit nicely in about half of the Westfalia bench storage, including all the fuses, low voltage disconnect, shunt, killswitch, and 30A shore, solar and DC charging.

Though I guess thatís not really the point of this thread Razz again, a capacity question distraction!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 5:16 am    Post subject: Re: Externally mounting the Redarc DC-DC Reply with quote

True there is no one size that fits all.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 6:54 am    Post subject: Re: Externally mounting the Redarc DC-DC Reply with quote

Question: Does switching profiles while charging damage the charger?
Answer: Good question Brandon, the charger wonít allow a profile change whilst charging, this can only happen whilst the charger is idle and not engagedÖ
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2022 12:16 am    Post subject: Re: Externally mounting the Redarc DC-DC Reply with quote

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Question: Does switching profiles while charging damage the charger?
Answer: Good question Brandon, the charger wonít allow a profile change whilst charging, this can only happen whilst the charger is idle and not engagedÖ


Not ideal but not the end of the world either I guess. First stop and go would change the profile. I wonder if the profile would change if the charging side of the BMS is deactivated and reactivated (as can be done with Bluetooth BMS). Or if the profile didnít get a chance to change, the battery could still be charged up to 90%. And 90% with 280Ah or 300Ah is still way more than enough for a long weekend of electrical debauchery Laughing
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