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    Any body know this battery and or supplier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luka View Post
    Any body know this battery and or supplier?

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    Royal, Deltec & CSB are all well known brands.
    Not the best, and not the worst either.

    The weight of 25.6kg is a little "lig in die broek" for a 102 Ah battery, so do not expect firework performance.
    The price is attractive - do check if it includes VAT.
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    Hi guys, I'm still quite new to the forum and have just been stealing with my eyes. I must say kudos to CrisF on a very informative thread.
    I'm currently planning a dual battery system for a prado a welcome any comments.
    The plan is to put everything under the bonnet with two wires running to the back, one to the trailor for future expansion and one to a fridge and worklight to be installed in the back.
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    In search of some advice as well.....

    My Ranger 3.2 has a WRND DC DC charger in the load box for charging a 105 battery in the load box. This has been working like a charm and runs off solar panels while stationary in the sticks for the fridge in rear of the load box.

    I am now looking at adding an off-road caravan for some added comfort for SWAMBO.

    Question from a complete ignoramus on this topic - can I run an additional connection to an off-road caravan from the battery/ alternator to charge another 2 x 105 batteries in the caravan as well? This would be running off a second smart charger.

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RianH View Post
    In search of some advice as well.....

    My Ranger 3.2 has a WRND DC DC charger in the load box for charging a 105 battery in the load box. This has been working like a charm and runs off solar panels while stationary in the sticks for the fridge in rear of the load box.

    I am now looking at adding an off-road caravan for some added comfort for SWAMBO.

    Question from a complete ignoramus on this topic - can I run an additional connection to an off-road caravan from the battery/ alternator to charge another 2 x 105 batteries in the caravan as well? This would be running off a second smart charger.

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Yes no problem, only limitation will be to check if your alternator can handle more load. Unlikely that it cannot handle this.
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    Are there any 220V AC to DC 12v smart chargers out there, that can also accurately and in detail report on a batteries health, i.e. similar to what a proper battery load tester would do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    Are there any 220V AC to DC 12v smart chargers out there, that can also accurately and in detail report on a batteries health, i.e. similar to what a proper battery load tester would do?
    I very much doubt it, but maybe someone knows better?
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    Chargers with battery health test function ? - I have not seen one.

    But there are many Intellegent Battery Monitors such as Victron BMV 700 series

    See - https://www.victronenergy.com/battery-monitors/bmv-700

    They do store some history which can be analysed and history of Watt-hours input vs. Watt-hours output can quickly tell you if you have a battery bank that is losing efficiency. But one has to understand the data and not all of us are technically inclined or interested to decifer such stuff.
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    Question:
    Which would be a better option below for off grid camping?

    Option1: 2 x 105ah deepcycle batteries for 210ah and dcdc charger

    Option2: 1 x 105ah deepcycle battery with dcdc charger and solar panel

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoP View Post
    Question:
    Which would be a better option below for off grid camping?

    Option1: 2 x 105ah deepcycle batteries for 210ah and dcdc charger

    Option2: 1 x 105ah deepcycle battery with dcdc charger and solar panel

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    Depends on your needs. If you only stay one or 2 days stationary max, then Option 1. Option 2 comes in when you need to charge when stationary. But only one battery and a "small" 100W panel is only good enough for 1 or 2 days anyway if you have a big fridge in hot temps. Option 2 would be obviously better with 2 batteries and more solar power, but that is not part of your scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoP View Post
    Question:
    Which would be a better option below for off grid camping?

    Option1: 2 x 105ah deepcycle batteries for 210ah and dcdc charger

    Option2: 1 x 105ah deepcycle battery with dcdc charger and solar panel

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    As is so often the case: It depends...

    For me it would be a no-brainer to go for the 2nd option with solar (which I would get more of, ie 160W or 180W).
    But then for those who do regular drives and like the simplicity of it, it would be the opposite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggie View Post
    As is so often the case: It depends...

    For me it would be a no-brainer to go for the 2nd option with solar (which I would get more of, ie 160W or 180W).
    But then for those who do regular drives and like the simplicity of it, it would be the opposite.
    by saying 160 or 180w (for an example) you would be referring to 2 off 80w's or 2 off 90w's panels? For size, space and storage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    by saying 160 or 180w (for an example) you would be referring to 2 off 80w's or 2 off 90w's panels? For size, space and storage?
    Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    by saying 160 or 180w (for an example) you would be referring to 2 off 80w's or 2 off 90w's panels? For size, space and storage?
    That would be personal preference really.

    For what its worth.... we recently went camping, had the little Waeco CF50 set to -3, and charged phones and power banks during the day. A 120W panel was plenty to keep the 105Ah battery topped up during the day, even with 2 of the days being moderately cloudy for a significant period. Each morning the battery read 12.5V, which as far as I can gather means it was at roughly 90% still. By midday it was reading 12.8V (full) again, even on the cloudy days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyG View Post
    That would be personal preference really. A lot of school fees involved for many of us.

    For what its worth.... we recently went camping, had the little Waeco CF50 set to -3, and charged phones and power banks during the day. A 120W panel was plenty to keep the 105Ah battery topped up during the day, even with 2 of the days being moderately cloudy for a significant period. Each morning the battery read 12.5V, which as far as I can gather means it was at roughly 90% still. By midday it was reading 12.8V (full) again, even on the cloudy days.
    Just be careful when you use battery voltage as a means to measure state of charge.

    A battery at 70% full may easily read 13,2V while charging.
    Use a proper battery monitor if you really want to know how your battery is doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggie View Post
    Just be careful when you use battery voltage as a means to measure state of charge.

    A battery at 70% full may easily read 13,2V while charging.
    Use a proper battery monitor if you really want to know how your battery is doing.
    Eggie, any recommendation as to what "proper" battery monitors to consider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoP View Post
    Question:
    Which would be a better option below for off grid camping?

    Option1: 2 x 105ah deepcycle batteries for 210ah and dcdc charger

    Option2: 1 x 105ah deepcycle battery with dcdc charger and solar panel

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    I have combined them

    I use 2 x 105ah DC batteries, a DC/DC Charger/solar regulator and 2 x 120w panels.

    Takes the stress out of bush camping!
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