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Old 02-04-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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Ours is a Parallax converter and has performed well since 2007 when we bought the View new. I checked Amazon and was surprised to find only a handful of reviews with only a few being positive. Did I just get lucky or is there a more popular/reliable converter out there?
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:16 PM   #2
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I think you will find this product has one of the best reputations in the RV industry.

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Is this just a curiosity question or are you needing a replacements?
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What model of Parallax? They make many, and some are better than others. Probably none of them great, though.
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Is this just a curiosity question or are you needing a replacements?
Yes, Mine is still working.
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What model of Parallax? They make many, and some are better than others. Probably none of them great, though.
It's a Model 7345.
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There are many converters.. Some of them it takes a while to see how well they perform.

Parallex has both single and multi-stage converters.
Single stage converters like the 7300 series take a long time to re-charge a battery and may well never actually reach 100% charge level. Some older converters (NOT THE PARALLEX) would continue to charge however and boil the battery dry, No more about those since you do not have one.

Other converters like teh Parallex 7300T line (note the addition of the T as in T for 2 or Timer) are two stage.. They do a faster initial charge for a period of time or till the battery voltage starts to climb then switch to the float voltage (13.6)

Finally we have 3-stage converters (I suspet Parallex may make some but do not know the model numbers) these do an initial BULK charge which is current limited.. Then switch to an ABSORPTION which is voltage limited but far slower for the last 10 percent or there about of charging, Then to FLOAT (13.6). like all the above.

Finally we have the 3-stage PLUS.. These are 3 stage converters with one (or more) outstanding features.. The one I like best and recommend is the Progressive Dynamics 9200 or any of the Progressive Dynamics WIZARD controlled models (All get the same rating in my book) This is a 3-stage with auto-equlization periods (15 minutes every 20 hours)

There are others in this class too. but that's my favorite.

Real life.. Damon put on in my 2005 Intruder.. Picked it up in May '05.. Checked batteries for fluid level often, Added distilled water for the first time on Mother's day 2006 Batteries lasted 9 years. New batteries have yet to need watering.
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Real life.. Damon put on in my 2005 Intruder.. Picked it up in May '05.. Checked batteries for fluid level often, Added distilled water for the first time on Mother's day 2006 Batteries lasted 9 years. New batteries have yet to need watering.
On my third set of House Batteries. The first set failing was my fault for not watching the water level close enough.
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The 7345 is not a three or two stage converter but works okay if you check the electrolyte level in the batteries often.
The one in my motor home started making an odd noise after about 9 years of 24/7 use so I replaced it with a Progressive Dynamics PD 9200 three stage converter with the Charge Wizard. Sure reduced/eliminated the water usage. I checked the level every couple of months for almost a year and never had to add water. With the old converter I had to add water monthly.
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My 2006 Sightseer had the Parallax 7345. It had a constant 13.8 volt output, not enough to boil the batteries and slow to reach full charge. I checked the two group 27 batteries once a month and had to add water once a year.
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