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Old 11-11-2016, 06:28 AM   #1
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Battery Question

I have had to add water to my batteries every month. My charger is an IOTA DLS-55 and I have added the IQ module to it and it hasn't made any difference in the water usage. The batteries are Interstate 6v and are about 3 years old. I am assuming there is an issue with the IOTA. Am I correct or is there something else I should be looking at? Thanks.
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Excesdive water usage compared to my GC2's and previous Trogan T105's which I would need to add water every few months.

Is there a setting for battery type on the charger, if so, set correctly? Specific gravity check on all batteries indicates OK?

What is you usage? Mostly in storage, used often?
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Old 11-11-2016, 08:52 AM   #3
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Might want to check the voltage output or your IOTA and engine alternator for high voltage output.
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Old 11-11-2016, 01:34 PM   #4
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Unfortunately the Iota does not have a voltage setting, it's one size fits all.

Along with using a voltmeter to look at your outputs as Randy125 suggested, I would use a hydrometer to measure the cells specific gravity. That is the best way to determine whether you have bad cells.

Your batteries may need equalizing, which the Iota does not do. If you do have cells that are low, I'd look into a charger that will equalize.
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Old 11-11-2016, 01:43 PM   #5
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On my former KSDP , I had an IOTA charger, it DOES have a voltage setting, but you have to look for it and know what your are doing.
I set mine to 13.4 Volts ,but the batteries were still cooking some what when going down the road for 10 hours a day getting charged with 13.8 Volts from the alternator.
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Since the charger senses voltage at its output, any resistance in the wiring between it and the battery will make it overcharge.

Make sure both positive and negative wires are tight and the right gauge for the unit. Too small or a frayed wire will also effect it.

Check voltage right at the battery and then right at the charger. Any difference needs to be addressed.
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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, and I will follow through on them. Actually, I have added the IQ4 Smart Controller to the IOTA so it does have an Equalization Mode. I guess my thought was that the charger was not working correctly since the IQ4 Smart Controller didn't seem to make any difference after I added it a few months ago. I am thinking about switching to a Progressive Dynamics (PD9260C) 60 Amp Power Converter with Charge Wizard.
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On my former KSDP , I had an IOTA charger, it DOES have a voltage setting, but you have to look for it and know what your are doing.
I set mine to 13.4 Volts ,but the batteries were still cooking some what when going down the road for 10 hours a day getting charged with 13.8 Volts from the alternator.
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I have a DLS-55 in my basement and I can't find a pot on it, unless they are the two red varnish covered screws by the fuses. It does have the dual voltage jack, but that only provides two fixed voltages. I'd like to know how to adjust mine, that way I can do manual equalization in combination with a timer. Can you share the method?
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Hi Luv2go, I happen to have a 2nd DLS-55 laying around that was given to me
and I repaired it. Take a look at the FAN and taped off square next to it,that is the basic adjustment. You need a small screwdriver and you should be powered up and connected to a set of good batteries, like 2x 6 Volt in series.
Read the voltage and write it down. Now turn the mini POT slowly to the voltage that you would like to have.
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Found it! The tape was on the inside, I had to remove the panel with the fan on it to remove it. It's pretty touchy but can be adjusted to within 10mV or so.
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Replaced my charger today.
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Replaced my charger today.
Hope it solves the water usage problem. Please let us know.
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I have a Converter that is supposed to be, depending on the operator, equal to the IOTA, that is the Progressive Dynamics 9180+ optional wizard.. Since I do know how to use the button the 9180+ On VERY RARE occasions, beats the IOTA but .. Well, once a decade or so when I actually need to press the button (There is no button on the IOTA, that is the difference)

I replaced my Batteries in 2014, Drove to where I'm parked now, and have not had to add water since...

Driving about... I had to add water (new batteries) annually, and as they aged more frequently.

THEORY: ENgine in this workhorse is a GM, GM alternators run HOT. it's the Alternator, not the converter, boiling the dang things.

That said... I like my Progressive Dynamcis.
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When its time to change batteries use AGM type and have a clean tray under them.
Battery information in a Newmar and more battery info.
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