Notices
Marine Electronics Forum

On Board Chargers - What Brand

Old 01-31-2007, 10:46 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location:
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default On Board Chargers - What Brand

I am looking for an onboard charger for my boat. I need a 2 bank 10 - 15 amp charger. What brands are recommended or not recommended. Guest, Dual Pro, Pro Mariner, Bass Pro Shops, Cableas brand.

I am new to onboard chargers and your experience and advice is invaluable. Good experineces and bad are what i need to help guide me in the right direction.

Thanks in Advance,

Todd
Old 01-31-2007, 10:58 AM
  #2  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Gulf Breeze, FL
Posts: 2,406
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

Todd,

Where are you goiong to mount it? If you can mount it in a dry location, then forget about the brands you mention and go with Charles, Iota Engineering, etc. These are much higher quality and not much more expensive. I have a pair of Iota DLS-55 chargers and they charge fully discharged Odyssey PC2150s in about 4 hours, and they also have 3 step charging, weekly top off feature, etc.

Harry
Old 01-31-2007, 11:05 AM
  #3  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location:
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I will mount this either under the drivers council. This is not totall sealed, but is not in direct contact with the outside elements. How water / evnironment tight does it need to be to mount the Charles or IOTA?

The boat is an 18.5 ft aluminum fish and ski. Dual council with a full windshield. It has storage compartments, but they are not water tight.
Old 01-31-2007, 11:15 AM
  #4  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
PLEDGER
 
HOTSPOT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Bradenton, FL
Posts: 13,397
Likes: 0
Received 10 Likes on 7 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I have been pleased with chargers from Pro Mariner.
Old 01-31-2007, 12:56 PM
  #5  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location:
Posts: 8,738
Received 493 Likes on 326 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I been very happy with my Guest products .... currently have a Guest 2620A. Their 2610A would be a good choice for you. Here's a pic of my install.

Old 01-31-2007, 01:11 PM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4,462
Received 605 Likes on 337 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I have been very pleased with my Pro Mariner 100 - dual bank charger.
Old 01-31-2007, 02:03 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: S Fla
Posts: 23,412
Likes: 0
Received 35 Likes on 29 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

Promariner 300 - going on three years, running 24/7 with no problems...
Old 01-31-2007, 03:00 PM
  #8  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Posts: 1,771
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 8 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

Do you leave the switches on or off?
Old 01-31-2007, 03:03 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: S Fla
Posts: 23,412
Likes: 0
Received 35 Likes on 29 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

Dsaltydog - 1/31/2007 4:00 PM

Do you leave the switches on or off?
off.....
Old 01-31-2007, 03:36 PM
  #10  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: On the wild side !!
Posts: 5,711
Received 52 Likes on 31 Posts
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I'm not a novice here but why do you guys need the onboard chargers ?

Our family has owned boats for 30 years(some slipped) and never found the need to have one.

I can understand a bass boat with a trolling motor and such.
Old 01-31-2007, 03:43 PM
  #11  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Not in Texas
Posts: 10,213
Likes: 0
Received 6 Likes on 4 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

In its class it is hard to beat the TrueCharge line of chargers by Xantrex.

http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/69/p/1/pt/7/product.asp

Whatever charger you decide on, definitely get the option for temperature sensing. It really does make a difference when charging a battery. Those TrueCharge battery chargers can sense the temp of each battery bank and adjust the charger’s output to protect your battery investment and maximize the batt’s life.

The other thing that is a ‘must have’ is a multi-stage charger; three stages minimum.

You might want to start by scratching off of your list all chargers that are not multi-stage chargers AND/OR don't have battery temp sensing. Personally, I wouldn’t even bother with a battery charger that did not have those two features as a minimum.

It seems most battery chargers are over rated in terms of their specs. The batt chargers made by Newmar seem to be properly spec’d, but outside of almost everyone’s budget. If you have the money and a place to put it, a Newmar batt charger is the way to go.

http://www.newmarpower.com/pt2002/pt2002.html
Old 01-31-2007, 04:31 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Allentown, PA
Posts: 309
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

BW23 - 1/31/2007 3:36 PM

I'm not a novice here but why do you guys need the onboard chargers ?

Our family has owned boats for 30 years(some slipped) and never found the need to have one.

I can understand a bass boat with a trolling motor and such.
I have to keep my little WA on a charger/maintainer because the CO sensor in the cabin will drain the battery in less then 2 weeks. Damn thing is wired around the master switch.
Old 01-31-2007, 04:48 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location:
Posts: 172
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

Some of us have a nice stereo system aboard and with the GPS, Sounder and other electronics the outboard motor alternator cannot keep up. At the end of the day just plug it in and you are ready to go the next day. Also this is best for the batteries having them fully charged and will make them last longer overall. Cabella's had their ProSport 20 on sale for around $109.00. You just can't go wrong with that price. Go with a three stage charger with ten amps per side and you will be all set. They are all pretty good so just find the best deal on one . Since it might get damp get a potted one that is waterproof. That will work best for your application.
Old 01-31-2007, 06:45 PM
  #14  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Corbin, KY, USA
Posts: 3,245
Likes: 0
Received 24 Likes on 7 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

This is the charger I favor for my next boat:

http://www.minnkotamotors.com/produc...l.asp?pg=mk220

IMO Minn Kota makes excellent products across the board.
Old 01-31-2007, 08:09 PM
  #15  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bonita, CA
Posts: 495
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

MK 210 On-Board Charger. I've had one on my boat and one on my travel trailer for over a year and they are great. Best charger I have found so far.

I had a Xantrex on my boat. It'is a good charger but just a little water on it and it's toast. I was very carefull to keep it dry but on a boat it happens.
Old 02-01-2007, 09:37 AM
  #16  
tg
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Marco Island
Posts: 2,949
Received 26 Likes on 16 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

My Newmar mounted on the "ceiling" of my console (upside down). It wasn't that expensive, $300 range I think.

Old 02-02-2007, 02:58 AM
  #17  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pensacola, Fl.
Posts: 7,371
Likes: 0
Received 6 Likes on 6 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I really like the Minn Kota's too.


Old 02-02-2007, 07:23 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 279
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I bought a brand new Guest 2610 2 bank charger on EBay for $55. I spoke with Sue D (customer service) at Guest and she confirmed it was under warranty the same as if I bought it from West Marine. It has been on my boat for near two years. I seldom need to add water to the batteries as it does not over charge. It is one of the best items I have purchased for my boat.
Old 02-02-2007, 11:56 AM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Largo, FL, USA
Posts: 1,039
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: On Board Chargers - What Brand

I have a new Dual Pro SE 3 bank on my boat. So far I am very happy with it. I installed it after one of the banks on the stock Guest charger died.
Old 02-02-2007, 04:47 PM
  #20  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Not in Texas
Posts: 10,213
Likes: 0
Received 6 Likes on 4 Posts
Default Re: On Board Chargers - What Brand

tg - 2/2/2007 6:37 AM

My Newmar mounted on the "ceiling" of my console (upside down). It wasn't that expensive, $300 range I think.



For everyone that is paying attention, notice in the pic that the Newmar batt charger has a battery temp comp sensor…that would be temperature COMPENSATION sensor. That is what is needed to properly charge a battery…adjusting the voltage based on the batt’s temp.

Like I said above, if a batt charger does not have temp sensing, I wouldn't consider it.

TG – nice charger. I’m still hanging in there with an old, black Heart (Xantrex) Freedom 25 charger…with temp sensing. When/if it dies, Newmar will have my business for the next batt charger.


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.