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Old 06-14-2018, 01:44 PM
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I purchased a Powermania Turbo V2 Dual Bank, 20 Amp on board charger. I tried it out at home on two 12 volt flooded marine batteries. Everything seems to work, and it charged the batteries...however it got really hot. So hot that while charging, I could only put firm pressure with my hands for a couple seconds. After charging, while on maintenance, it was still pretty hot, but not quite as bad.

i made sure there was plenty of ventilation during the charging, and the fan was running. The batteries themselves never got hot.

i am just a little concerned about this heat, and question if I should mount them in my boat. Can anyone confirm that the charger should in fact get this hot?

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Mine is mounted inside a center console, and it does not get that hot. Even in the summertime heat, it doesn't get so hot that I can't put my hands on it. Sounds like something is wrong to me. I would call Powermania, and ask them about it.
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Thanks. I spoke with Powermania and they said it would get warm, but I am just a little uncomfortable with how hot mine gets. Would you mind telling what model you have? I’m wondering if maybe the new turbo V2 models run hotter. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Gatorinthenoog View Post
Thanks. I spoke with Powermania and they said it would get warm, but I am just a little uncomfortable with how hot mine gets. Would you mind telling what model you have? I’m wondering if maybe the new turbo V2 models run hotter. Thanks
can you hear the fan running when it is charging and the case is that hoy?
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can you hear the fan running when it is charging and the case is that hoy?
yes fan was running
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Originally Posted by Gatorinthenoog View Post


yes fan was running
what was your ambient temp
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
what was your ambient temp
maybe 85?
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I just got a replacement from them out of warranty about a month ago. Had to pay 1/2 price through them directly since I had the original one on a new boat build. The other one the fan quit working and not long after that it went south on me. I noticed on the new one the fan operating straight away even though the temps were mid 50's - 60's here in late spring and the unit was warmer than I would have expected.

They were great about getting back with me playing phone tag. I dealt with Randy
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
I just got a replacement from them out of warranty about a month ago. Had to pay 1/2 price through them directly since I had the original one on a new boat build. The other one the fan quit working and not long after that it went south on me. I noticed on the new one the fan operating straight away even though the temps were mid 50's - 60's here in late spring and the unit was warmer than I would have expected.

They were great about getting back with me playing phone tag. I dealt with Randy
i spoke with Randy today...very helpful. He indicated it is normal for temps to reach 140-150 °F, which is probably what mine gets to. Still makes me a little uneasy though.
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I have the same unit as you, except mine is a 20 amp, 3 bank charger.
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Never noticed mine getting warm at all, certainly not hot.
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Originally Posted by Paulswagelock View Post
Never noticed mine getting warm at all, certainly not hot.
which model do you have? Thanks
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the original one on the boat never really got hot, warm to touch. Ironically the fan on that one didn't run much if at all. This new one is much warmer to the touch however fan runs.

go figure
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Originally Posted by Gatorinthenoog View Post


which model do you have? Thanks
m220v2 20amp 2 bank.
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I’m on my second pm turbo m430 in 4 years. Starting to loose faith. They’re good about service and replacing - otherwise I would have tried another brand by now. In each case it seems the fan dies and the unit’s overheat warning illuminated and it won’t change then.
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yikes! not good I going back to my original chargers out of Tennessee. Dual Pro. Only reason I got a Powermania is because it came with this boat. If my second one - replaced @ 1/2 off out of warranty it's back to Dual Pro.
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They are potted in epoxy and do get hot. Depends on how discharged your batteries are and how hard it needs to work to replenish them Keep the hatch open to let air in and out to help while charging.

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