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Old 01-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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50a 3 stage charger

Hi, in a previous thread I isolated that my Heart Freedom Combi Inverter/Charger is no longer charging my batteries.

So rather than replace the whole unit I'm thinking about buying a stand alone 3 stage charger. It seems like prices are all over the map.

Can you guys recommend a good charger for a relatively low price?
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:39 AM   #2
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Good and cheap? Nope.
WFCO is cheap. But Progressive Dynamics is a great USA company. I install them. What DC amp output is yours? 50A is just the coach's 120V wiring.
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I totally agree with jesilvas.

Stay far far away from WFCO. It's a POJ or POS whichever you choose to call it.

Progressive Dynamics Intelli-Power is the BEST!

PD9200 Series RV Power Converters

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Good and cheap? Nope. WFCO is cheap. But Progressive Dynamics is a great USA company. I install them. What DC amp output is yours? 50A is just the coach's 120V wiring.
It's 4x 6 volt deep cycle batteries set up for 12VDC.
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I just bought a new 60 amp Progressive Dynamics Intelli-Power on ebay with pendant for a very reasonable price. If you look at all of them and watch the shipping cost, I believe it was cheaper on ebay than any other place on the web.
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It's 4x 6 volt deep cycle batteries set up for 12VDC.
No, what is the amperage output of your current converter rated for? Usually it's 45A, 55A, 65A, or 75A.
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It looks like the PD9200 series has 45a and 60a. Would I just us the 45a version?
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No, what is the amperage output of your current converter rated for? Usually it's 45A, 55A, 65A, or 75A.
Sorry, just saw this, let me check.
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For the money we buy the WFCO unit. I had a 45amp in a previous unit that went eight years before I sold the MH. Now I replaced a Magnatek in my Damon MH with another larger WFCO 3-stage unit. Extremely satisfied. No issues....none. Added a desulfator from BatteryMinder.

Rather than the quality of the product my experience sees more has to do with the quality of the wiring in the RV. Heavier wire equals reliability.
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I can't seem to find any retailers. Are there any big chains that carry PD stuff?
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I can't seem to find any retailers. Are there any big chains that carry PD stuff?
Really did you do an internet search. Lots of places carry them.
Best Converter :
Progressive Dynamics Converters

Amazon:
Amazon.com: progressive dynamics
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You need to put back the same rated DC output as yours is now, within 5A or so. So a 45A now, means a 50A would be fine. Make sure wiring is up to the task too.

As far as going cheap: yes, WFCO are cheap and CAN last a while. But by the time you add the nice functions, the PD9200 series come out to the same price, for a better product, with all the options as the "upgraded" WFCO.
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A search of WFCO problems and you will find why many of us would not want one. I had a problem caused by the factory miss-wiring our Progressive Dynamics which fried it, It was under warranty and I called on a Tuesday afternoon and had the replacement the next morning by FedEx. I fixed the wiring BTW.
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Really did you do an internet search. Lots of places carry them. Best Converter : Progressive Dynamics Converters Amazon: Amazon.com: progressive dynamics
Yeah, I mean a store I can walk into. I'd rather not have it shipped.
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