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Old 03-27-2007, 05:11 PM
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Default On board battery chargers

As most of you could guess by my barrage of questions, I am about to buy my first real boat. Obviously, I have lots of decisions and a limited budget.

Can anybody chime in with some basic advice about on board battery chargers? I will have it set up in the console charging a 24 volt system for my trolling motor.

Any brands to avoid/seek?

Any general advice?

Thanks a million in advance for information.

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Old 03-27-2007, 06:19 PM
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Dual-Pro Has great Service and a good product.

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Default RE: On board battery chargers

I have a Dual Pro 3 bank on my boat. It charges 2 TM batteries (24v) and the cranking battery. I installed it after one bank on my Guest charger died. I'm very happy with the Dual Pro.
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I went with a Minn-Kota charger. The price is right and they are built like tanks. Works great. No complaints.
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Check out Cabelas and BPS. I bought mine from Cabalas. Good luck, Jack
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Default RE: On board battery chargers

Had a guest 2611 on my 2 TM batteries for 5 years with no problem.
Just bought a used Minn Kota 220 for $100 that will now be used for the TM batteries
The 2611 will be used to charge the starter battery now
Both have good histories

Think about if you want a 2 or 3 output and how many amps for output.
More amps = faster charging

The average lowest amp units are 5 amps and recharge in about 10-12 hours.
15amp in 3-4 hours

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Old 03-28-2007, 01:11 PM
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Default Re: On board battery chargers

Dual-Pro has a great reputation as does Guest.

Do you have a house battery you also want to charge? As mentioned above, if so, then look for a 3 bank charger. That will charge each 12V trolling battery separately, and have another output for a house or house/starting battery.

If you want to kick it up a notch in a 3-bank, use a Xantrex Truecharge 20+. Read the reviews.....
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Dual pro Minn kota or guest are all age good brands. I have heard many stories of failed chargers from the BPS or Cabelas brand.
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2.5 years on a Promariner 300 that works 24/7 365 days - never any problems
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Funny, this one (ProSport12) from BPS has been onboard for four years and still ticking. Several other people have the same one and never had a problem. ;?
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The Guest products are what I usually end up installing when buget is a strong factor, otherwise, I recommend the Xantrex units.

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