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Old 08-30-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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obviously boondocking means many things to many folks, depends on what you want/need to to do. I can run easily a long weekend on 1 deepcycle. we do not watch tv or many of those indoor activities. Keep the fridge on line, add a couple of lights to go to bed by. but we're outdoorsy folk. Try it out with what you have, use your water and electrical with moderation, take it all in stride, not the end of the world if you run out of either.

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Old 08-31-2012, 12:26 AM   #16
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The statement about not discharging deep-cycle batteries more than 50% applies to AGM and gel batteries. With flooded lead acid deep-cycle batteries a discharge of 80% can be done without harming the batteries. In effect you get 60% more AH to play with when using flooded type batteries instead of AGM type. With flooded type the problem arises when they are overcharged or charged to fast and boil off the water, which is why they need to be vented and why the better charge controllers use battery temp sensors and adjust the rate of charge.
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