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Old 09-11-2018, 08:00 PM   #1
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Battery info in hallway

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In the hallway, there is a Monitor Panel. I need some help understanding what Iím looking at. I just installed all new batteries. Yep, two chassis and four house so I want to understand what the panel is telling me. Sorry, I couldnít figure out how to rotate the photos.

When I toggle the chassis/house switch I get a reading for each. The reading for the house batteries differs depending on whether I have the coach engine running, the generator running, or nothing running. Is this number the charge that the batteries currently have or the amount of charge being given to the batteries?

Below that monitor is the Xantrex monitor. Again, Iím not sure how to figure out what the DC Volts scale is telling me.

Iím sure one or more of you can shed some light on this for me. Unfortunately, the electrical is somewhat of a mystery to me. Not good if you own a motorhome.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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The Volt reading is the voltage at the batteries with whatever charge device is connected. To get a good idea as to the state of charge (SOC) the batteries should rest for ~ an hour with no charge or load.
The different device vaty well chare at different rates thus the different reading.

The Amber light is telling you it is Bulk Charging Mode,
The DC Volts are at 14 V almost ready to go to Float Mode.
The DC Amps says it is charging at 25 Amps
The far right geen LED say you have selected to allow 50 Amp AC power to the Inverter/Charger.
When the Batteries are fully charged they will go to Float Mode, the green LED above the 3rd batt. icon will come on the amber will go off. The volts will be ~14V and the amps will drop to a lower value.

Looks like it is working just fine.
If you don't have the manual they are available online. You should read and check the setting against the type and size of you House Batteries.

Here is mine your may be a different model http://www.xantrex.com/documents/Dis...nersManual.pdf
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The picture of the Xantrex monitor was taken while the generator was running.
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On the Xantrex remote panel: the charge light is on so you must either be plugged into shore power or have the generator running, the yellow light tells you that you are in the absorption phase of the three cycles. The first light is for bulk, second is absorption and the third is float. In this phase, the dc volts is telling you the voltage is 14, most probably closer to 14.2. The charger is putting approximately 25 amps in and you have the incoming shore power set to 50 amps.

Since you have new batteries, you need to make sure you have the remote set to the type of batteries you have and also the number of amp hours available in all your house batteries combined.
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The inverter/charger will charge the batteries when on Generator or Shore Power.
The far right set of LED is selectable as to the input level you wish to limit battery charging. If the batteries are low and you only have 30 Amp power available you may wish to select the 30 , if you don't need any other loads or might select 20 or lower, so you could also run the AC.

My mistake the amber is absorption not bulk.
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Saw your post about setting battery type and amp hours on the remote unit . I have the same remote hooked to a Xantrex 458, 1000. I am trying to set the battery type ( AGM ) but battery type will not change. It continually goes back to the default - wet cell 1...Also how do I set the amp hours. I have 4ea 6volt, 210 amp AGM batteries. Tried setting battery type on remote and also on inverter itself. concerned about charger setting too high for AGMs...thanks for any help....An old Vietnam Vet. ....Workhose W22, 2003 Dolphin 6320.
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