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    Default HCDP Electonics DCDC30A

    Hi

    I've read lots of comments good, bad and different on this product.

    I am on a budget so am leaning towards this unit.

    Does anyone have unit installed? One of concerns is the terminals on the unit itself, they look rather small to connect a 16mm2 / 10mm2 cable to. Is it just the picture of the unit on the website or are the terminals big enough?

    Also on there diagram it shows the output to a fridge only. Can this output go to a 'bank' of connectors (of which the fridge would connect to one), maybe a couple of spare connectors and to power some led light strips?

    Is HCDP electronics the cheapest place to buy or is there someone in Cape Town?

    Thanks

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    I cant comment on the 30a model but I have the 12a model. I've had 2 years good service from it so far.

    If it has the same connectors, you won't get 16mm cable in there. Maybe chat to hcdp, I found them very willing to assist with technical questions but I do run more than my fridge from that outlet
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    Why do you need a 16mm cable? IIRC, you need 6mm2 cable from main battery to unit and to 2nd battery?

    I have the 12A as well and am extremely happy with it;

    I had mine in the Rok to a bank of connectors with the main cables going to the Hellp for fridge & the rest for lights.

    EDIT: 12A needs 6mm2, 30A needs 10mm2. If so, Oom Manie would definitely make it big enough.
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    Is HCDP electronics the cheapest place to buy or is there someone in Cape Town

    As far as I know, they are the manufacturer, you will not get it cheaper elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeu View Post
    Is HCDP electronics the cheapest place to buy or is there someone in Cape Town

    As far as I know, they are the manufacturer, you will not get it cheaper elsewhere.
    They are, you won't, sure they will courier to you.
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    Cant go wrong with it.
    I am also using the 12to12 unit now for 2 to 3 years.
    Manie (or Johan) will be more than willing to assist.
    Just phone him with your questions.

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    Hi Guys

    You can connect any load to the terminal marked +Ld. The drawings show a fridge for illustative purposes only.

    Regarding the wire size and terminals, the following:

    1) 16mmsq wire is not recommended in our drawings.
    2) For DCDC30A the a 10mmsq wire from the car is adequate and fits with ease into the terminal block provided.
    3) For DCDC12A the a 6mmsq wire from the car is adequate and fits with ease into the terminal block provided.
    4) A 4mmsq wire to the fridge/load is adequate.
    5) A 6mmsq wire to the battery is adequate.

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    I have the 30A unit (had it for two years now)...it keeps two Deltec 130AH Deep Cycles happy, and two Engel 40's

    No problems whatsoever..

    But yes speak to Manie..always willing to assist

    And do your self a favour buy the Voltage cut of regulator...I think another R150 or so...to protect the batteries from draining below their limit..

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    +1

    Mine's had a fun life thus far and still bulletproof; dankie Oom Manie!
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    Very happy with mine too. You are welcome to come take a look in Paarl.

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    The guys at 4X4direct in Brackenfell sell the hcdp units.
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    Guys,


    Thank you all for your input. I have some more questions, sorry!

    It seems most are using the 12A?

    Is one of the major differences between the 30A & 12A the automatic feature of the solar panel?

    I will be running my 60L Snowmaster fridge, led lights and a 160L compressor (one thing, the compressor currently has alligator clips for direct battery connection, can these be cut of and a plug of sorts be fitted).

    I have a king cab and want to put the 2nd battery behind the seats in a ply / aluminum box. Does the HDCP charger need any breathing space or ventilation holes?

    So my question would be, would the 12A be adequate for my needs as I can buy the 12A and a battery for the cost of a 30A.


    Also @ Manie_dup ( I guess your the man in the know)
    The reason i quoted the 16mm2 is because on your website under the 30A product document. The alternative wiring diagram does state 16mm?

    @diaan Very happy with mine too. You are welcome to come take a look in Paarl. Thanks for the offer.


    Thanks again all for your help

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    I have the 12 a model and its been working like a charm from the cars alternator and solar panel
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    Quote Originally Posted by sucramuk View Post
    Guys,


    Thank you all for your input. I have some more questions, sorry!

    It seems most are using the 12A?

    Is one of the major differences between the 30A & 12A the automatic feature of the solar panel?

    I will be running my 60L Snowmaster fridge, led lights and a 160L compressor (one thing, the compressor currently has alligator clips for direct battery connection, can these be cut of and a plug of sorts be fitted).

    I have a king cab and want to put the 2nd battery behind the seats in a ply / aluminum box. Does the HDCP charger need any breathing space or ventilation holes?

    So my question would be, would the 12A be adequate for my needs as I can buy the 12A and a battery for the cost of a 30A.


    Also @ Manie_dup ( I guess your the man in the know)
    The reason i quoted the 16mm2 is because on your website under the 30A product document. The alternative wiring diagram does state 16mm?

    @diaan Very happy with mine too. You are welcome to come take a look in Paarl. Thanks for the offer.


    Thanks again all for your help

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    Sorry Scumarok

    I forgot the 30A alternative wiring shows a 16mmsq wire, but the terminal bloch will accept a 16mmsq wire. See attached data of terminal blockc which specs 16mmsq as the maximum,

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    Hi
    I will only be charging one battery of 105A.
    Thanks for clearing up the 16mm confusion

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    Hey Guys, quick bump on this thread.

    Bought a 30A unit. Wondering now where to mount it as it has the SP/Car switch. Can it be left on one or the other and "autoselect" or does one have to flick the switch? This will obviously change my mounting position.

    Quote from website: "Dual purpose lead acid battery charger (charges from car or solar panel without having to re-connect car or solar panel" - but I guess you have to flick the switch?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
    Hey Guys, quick bump on this thread.

    Bought a 30A unit. Wondering now where to mount it as it has the SP/Car switch. Can it be left on one or the other and "autoselect" or does one have to flick the switch? This will obviously change my mounting position.

    Quote from website: "Dual purpose lead acid battery charger (charges from car or solar panel without having to re-connect car or solar panel" - but I guess you have to flick the switch?

    Thanks
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    I have the 12A unit as part of a battery box (from Bush Power) in my loadbin charging a 100Ah LC that powers my freezer. In my trailer I have the 15A MK4 panel charging 2 x 100Ah LC batteries in parralel. While driving the loads on both units are switched to the alternator. In my case a low voltage cut-off isn't needed, as the freezer (in vehicle) and fridge (in trailer) already offers this function. Neither unit can deplete your starter battery as it only kicks in above a certain voltage. Both units, in my opinion, are top of their class.

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    I am very happy with my 30amp and 12amp units.
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