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Old 12-27-2002, 06:27 PM
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I need a salt water 3 bank charger. Any thoughts about these?
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Old 12-29-2002, 09:47 AM
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I have heard nothing but good things about Dual Pro. I have been thinking about getting one also but haven't convinced myself I need one yet.
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Old 12-30-2002, 08:38 PM
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I have the minn Kota 3 bank charger. Works great. Have not had any problems.
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Old 12-31-2002, 08:23 AM
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Several on a different forum have been suggesting that their Guest chargers don't switch to Maintenance mode but get stuck in trickle mode & cook the water off.

I was about to buy the 3-bank Guest 2623 (2 x 10 amps for deep cycles plus 1 x 3 amp for cranking battery). Now I'm rethinking it.

Is this a commonly known fault of Guest chargers?

Does DualPro have a 3 bank like the Guest above? I can only find their triple 15 a. charger and I bet it's really expensive. I can get the Guest above for $240.
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Old 12-31-2002, 03:00 PM
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I picked up a statpower/xantrex truepower 20+ and it seems to be working just fine. Just be aware it's not one of the waterproof breed - it needs a dry location if thats an issue for you.

they have a $50 rebaste going right now, it may end tonight however (check details).

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Old 12-31-2002, 09:27 PM
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Where did you see the rebate? I went to their website & didn't see anything there. Where did you buy it & how much did you pay for it (before the rebate)?
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Old 01-01-2003, 02:47 PM
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baldy, it wa $261 at daves marine before the rebate The rebate was on their website, if it's gone it must be over.

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Old 01-01-2003, 06:43 PM
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curses!!! too late. Yep, it wasn't there anymore. Thanks anyways.
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Old 01-16-2003, 01:22 AM
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I use a DualPro 4 bank SE charger (1 for Main crank, 1 for BUp Crank, 2 for 24V Deep cycles) and love it...best piece of gear I ever put on the boat...every time I hit the water, all the batteries are fully charged.

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Old 01-16-2003, 05:11 AM
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Just installed the Guest Charge Pro 2611.
I have two Excide gell's and the 2611 does all it claims to do fresh batts at launch, comes with a two year warranty.
Check Boaters World, prices are hard to beat.

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Old 01-16-2003, 02:32 PM
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Baldy,
I've never herd any problems with the Guest chargers going into .....wait a second!! "Trickle mode" is "Maintenance Mode", same thing. You have charge mode and trickle mode(or maint mode). I think you meant to say they get stuck in charge mode.

They charge to 80 or 85% and switch to maint mode. It's important you have the CORRECT size battery's for the charger (or vice-versa). IF your batteries are the wrong size for the charger, OR, you leave a selector switch in BOTH or Parallel, you will then have the mentioned problem because the batteries drain into each other which confuses the charger.... THIS is one of the many reasons I absolutely HATE selector switches. Use ON/OFF type switchs.

Anyway, my scout came with a Guest 3 bank charger and it has worked great so far, going into 3rd year.

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Old 01-16-2003, 03:20 PM
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This has been an interesting comparison. Of course Guest and Dual Pro are the most common ones around, and I've never known of one of them to be any better or any worse than the other. However, if I was going to choose between one or the other of them I'd pick Guest myself, just because of Sue D. If you haven't run across her yet you should know that Guest has the equal of Bennetts "Tabman", in a lady who goes by the name Sue D on bunches of internet forums. Whenever anyone has any sort of problem with a Guest charger she has them contact her, and from what I've heard they ALWAYS get a solution to their problem. She is also very good about just solving problems related to battery charges in general even if the person with the problem has some other brand. Anyway she is the reason I would prefer Guest, not that I particularly thing they are the best. Actually I think StatPower makes the best chargers, and I have had mine in our boat for six or seven years now and it runs for months and months at a time and never goes more than a couple of weeks at the very most without being plugged in and running. For instance it stays plugged in virtually every minute of the winter. I've never had any problem with it at all. There is this though, StatPower chargers are not waterproof sealed plastic boxes. They must be protected. They cost more than the other two as well, so they don't sell as well. Good chargers though.

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Old 01-16-2003, 07:57 PM
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I have a friend who owns a trolling motor repair/install shop here in New Orleans. He is the one who turned me on to DualPros...he said he rarely sees these chargers in for repair...and the very few he has seen, DualPro was the best, in his opinion, with the warranty repairs. They really seem to back up their products.

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Old 01-16-2003, 08:02 PM
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Charles chargers have the best, a 5 year on the 3000 series,but you will dearly pay for it.

Next best would be Dual pro they have a unconditional three year warranty,check out the web page .dual pro's warranty

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Old 01-17-2003, 05:47 AM
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Of the various chargers in the Dual Pro product line, what would be the very best choice for a typical offshore-style boat with two batteries and the battery switch mounted inside the console?
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Old 01-17-2003, 03:42 PM
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Thom,
Trickle charging your batteries all winter? That doesn't bother you at all?

I turn mine on for a day about once a month. I just worry leaving it plugged in all the time, possible fire hazard....

What's your thinking/secret on leaving them on 24x7?

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Old 01-17-2003, 08:57 PM
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quote:Originally posted by Stretch:
Of the various chargers in the Dual Pro product line, what would be the very best choice for a typical offshore-style boat with two batteries and the battery switch mounted inside the console?

My buddy uses the regular dual pro in his console,Im going with the Saltwater series and putting it in my bilge area,***** area} sometimes.JMO

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Old 06-08-2003, 05:44 PM
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I have a Duao Pro II on my boat for about a year. Works great. Wouldn't have anything else
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Old 06-09-2003, 10:00 AM
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I have only had my Dual Pro 3 bank since Sept 29th, 2002. No problems.

Got a Dual ProXtra II this year. It didn't work properly. After I ran a few checks, I contacted Dual Pro on a Wednesday. UPS delivered a new ProXtra II on Friday with a return slip. All I had to do was put the old one in the box, tape it up and hand it to UPS. You are going to have to explain to me how any service could be better.
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Old 06-09-2003, 10:51 AM
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I for one have had a problem with my Guest charger Model 2620 and so has a friend. The charger was over charging the batteries and boiled out the water. Sue at Guest was wonderful and replaced the charger under warranty because it failed just under the two year warranty. For the past year the replacement charger has worked fine. If this one fails I would check into the Dual Pro Chargers.

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