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  • Mark D’rver
    Mark D’rverSolar and Alternative Energy for RV's:
    January 1Question about replacing batteries please.
    I have 2 AGM 100ah deep cycles that came with my motorhome (used). They don’t seem to hold a charge as they deplete to 12.2/12.1 within 10 minutes or so after unplugging from shore power. I have a Xantrex Pro 18...  more
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      Seann (the Canadian) January 1 Short answer NO. LiPo have very different charging characteristics from L/A. Using them without the proper charger would be like flushing money down the toilet
    • Mark D’rver
      Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies January 1 You will have to investigate whether your Xantrex can be set to charge LiPo.
    • Mark D’rver
      Wncol January 1 If I remember correctly, battleborn have a charge controller built in so you can keep your old converter/inverter.   Check with  battleborn  to make sure. 
    • Mark D’rver
      Dave and Vicki McKenna January 1 Mark, I'm not sure what model of BB 100 AH you purchased, but the manual for your batteries are available online from BB. Here's the link to the manual for their BB10012 model. 1t1pye1e13di20waq11old70-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2...  more
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        Mark D’rver January 1 Thank you all so much for the quick response. I logged off and thought I would have to wait for a day or so. Then I got emails immediately, This is a great place to be and you are all awesome. I do have the BB10012 and they state that they contain t...  more
      • Mark D’rver
        Bruce & Linda (Omnibus) January 5 RVillage is cool that way. :-)
    • Mark D’rver
      Tom & Barb January 1 Mark, you won't hurt your BB batteries with the old charger. FYI the Xantrex is not your charger, it's only your inverter to produce AC power to your sockets. You'll need to find your shoreline charger and determine if it can be programmed for Lithium b...  more
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      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 1 I see. That is why I can’t find any information regarding lithium batteries in the Xantrex manual. It just states deep cycle batteries which BB batteries are I suppose. There is nothing in the documents folder that I received with the RV that addresses th...  more
      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 1 That was very educational. Thank you all for your contribution to my degree in electrical engineering. Hehe. Nikola would approve.
      • Mark D’rver
        Tom & Barb January 3 Funny, I have the same 1000W Xantrex inverter, and said the same thing. I think I'm going to need something bigger. However this inverter has worked well, and it does do the job most the time. I have the generator as my backup for those times when I n...  more
    • Mark D’rver
      Pianotuna January 1 Mark Li batteries don't "enjoy" having a float voltage. For pricey batteries, follow the maker's directions "to the letter". I have no use for Li as much of my time is spent at temperatures well below freezing.
    • Mark D’rver
      TarHeels January 2 There are other available Lithium batteries out there now alot cheaper than the BB's. Dont be fooled by what people say about BB .Research first for them. Heres one that a friend tested and works great and alot cheaper than BB. https://www.sokbattery.com/
    • Mark D’rver
      John T January 2 Mark even though sure we all know it best to use a charger suited specifically (or at least adjustable and settings) for Lithium, I don't envision FOR A SHORT TERM use of another still quality so called "Smart" charger would damage them due in part to the...  more
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      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 4 Hi John, with your credentials I was hoping you could take a look at this and anyone else that has done this type of analysis please offer advice.  I am trying to size a new solar outfit and I believe there is a difference running things when plugge...  more
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        Mark D’rver January 4 Sorry there was another photo.
      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 4 Also keeping in mind that the microwave is only used for minutes each day and the electric heat to be used on cold nights. On hot days, the Dyson Cold fan uses about 400w and I do have another fan that only consumes 1.1 amps.
    • Mark D’rver
      John T January 4 Mark, without going too deep into the weeds and spending a lot of time on this (I cant design a system over the net) I will offer a few brief NOT INTENDED AS EXACT OR PERFECT answers.  1) Energy (what a battery stores) is Volt x Amps ...  more
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      • Mark D’rver
        John T January 4 PS FYI in my post above I was looking at the worst case scenario and didn't intend to scare you off lol. I was approaching it such that the sun had set and you were going to use 216 Amp Hours overnight HOWEVER much of your use is in the daytime when the s...  more
      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 4 You didn’t scare me off at all, was attending to other things. I really appreciated your time and your response and I understand what you were explaining. That’s pretty amazing considering I had no idea what an inverter was 6 months ago, hehe.  All ...  more
      • Mark D’rver
        Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies January 4 Remember you can add some portable solar panels to the mix. You have to store and setup to use, but you can add a significant that way, and if you happen to park in a shaded spot you can still get some solar.🤠😎🙂
    • Mark D’rver
      Mark D’rver January 6 Ok, that all fell apart today. My solar bubble has burst. I measured the open space on the roof. Instead of 2 360 watt panels + some portables, only 2 180 watt panels will fit. So even with some portable panels the 2 180’s is even less economical. I was o...  more
    • Mark D’rver
      Mark D’rver January 6 Also would it make much difference to put a bus bar in there in order to cut all the battery cable the same length and connect them directly to the bus bar instead of each other? I understand that this method allows for much reduced fire hazard and a more...  more
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      • Mark D’rver
        Pianotuna January 6 Mark that is the best way.
    • Mark D’rver
      Tom & Barb January 6 Couple of cautions to be aware of. 1. When you have a huge shoreline charger, it's going to need substantial power input from the AC circuit from which the shoreline charger is plugged into. A 15 amp AC socket can usually support a charge...  more
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      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver January 6 Aaaaaaaaa!!! lol.
      • Mark D’rver
        Pianotuna February 6 Tom & Barb a power factor corrected charger can do up to 127 amps on a 15 amp circuit. At least that is what mine does
    • Mark D’rver
      Mark D’rver February 4 Ok, so I pulled the trigger and put in a solar upgrade on my PC 2350. Called Northern Arizona Wind and Sun (as mentioned earlier in this post) to get a quote on a system and it seemed the equipment costs were in line with most everything I researched but ...  more
    • Mark D’rver
      Tom & Barb February 4 Nice install. What did RV Prepper charge for the labor?
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        Mark D’rver February 6 I can’t really say what the labor was for the solar specifically because I had him install a back up camera and a Microair EasyStart as well and he charges by the job. I tried to get a breakdown per hour price to relay to folks but he said that every job ...  more
    • Mark D’rver
      Pianotuna February 6 Mark D'rver did you consider using solar panels on the side of your rv?
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      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver February 8 I wouldn’t consider doing that. Besides, I have exactly what I need. Haven't limited myself, haven’t run the generator and haven’t run out of electric.
      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver September 5 Hey Pianotuna wanted to update. What I found with 400w was that I ran at a 10 to 20% deficit everyday. Meaning I start today with 100% tomorrow 80%, the next 60% etc. so I added another panel to the side which was the only available space. (This stuff is ...  more
      • Mark D’rver
        Mark D’rver September 5 And..
      • Mark D’rver
        Seann (the Canadian) September 5 Cool that side one also acts like a window awning
      • Mark D’rver
        Kevin/Yvonne & 4 Doxies September 5 You could also add several hundred watts of portable. You could hook up when in shaded areas or when you have several days of overcast. Safe travels 🤠😎🙂
    • Mark D’rver
      Pianotuna September 5 no and Li are quite finicky. I would prefer SiO2 any day of the week.
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