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Old 12-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Anybody know anything about a "Power Source" battery charger made by Todd Engineering ??? It says it's two stage,, but won't over or under charge the batteries... ? This would be a early to mid 90's design I figure... Just wondered if it's as safe as the newer ones to leave connected to shore power,,,, or any short comings. Thanks. Darel
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:49 PM   #2
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Anybody know anything about a "Power Source" battery charger made by Todd Engineering ??? It says it's two stage,, but won't over or under charge the batteries... ? This would be a early to mid 90's design I figure... Just wondered if it's as safe as the newer ones to leave connected to shore power,,,, or any short comings. Thanks. Darel
New chanrgers appear to be 3 stage and BatteryMinder also has a desusfate feature that restores batteries.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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Junk it, she's a battery boiler. I had one for a short while, has two outputs, 14.4 and 13.6, both too high for extended plug in cycles when the batteries are full. A quick and decent upgrade would to go with a PowerMax Boondocker from BestConverter - Converters, Inverters, Electrical Supplies, Electronics which is a true 3-stage charger compared to the Todd.
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Another thing - No matter what you use, no matter how new or expensive, be sure to actually monitor the voltages that it puts out in the various modes. Even if it's DESIGNED as a 3 or 4 stage charger, it can be defective and toast your expensive batteries from either over or undercharging.
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Thankyou Very much Everybody !!!! I will be watching it closely and look at replacing it in the future... Darel
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I just read the manual more,,, (and No I don't believe everything I read),,, it says "it cannot overcharge a sound battery".... Anybody else have any experience with this charger ????
Our MH is not a full time unit, but I have found already the coach battery goes dead within a month of sitting, I figure the only thing I can see drawing is the CO2 detector,,, (hard wired) ,,, So I am now using the disconnect switch on the coach battery... (should have before) . Both the coach and chassis batteries are a year old.... This is the only reason to keep it plugged in, as discharged batteries will freeze.... Just don't want to fry them... In this rather rare motorhome, we have found they used mostly good components... Thanks for the reply's,,,, Darel
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It's a Todd, I had a Todd, I got rid of the Todd, it doesn't put out voltage low enough for extended battery maintenance. You need a 3-stage converter that has the low 13.2 volt output for maintaining batteries while not boiling them at the same time.
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