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BlueBoy

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Posted: 06/24/19 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Will my Honda 2000 charge the battery as fast on eco as it will fill throttle?


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Assuming you are plugging your RV power plug into the generator, and charging via the onboard converter (or inverter), it shouldn't matter if you're on eco or full throttle.


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"Fast" charging during the bulk phase. The absorption phase is a different animal. Your batteries accept lower and lower amps. It's NOT what you offer but what the batteries will accept. Read some basic RV battery/electrical tutorials.


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Your onboard converter will "demand" as many amps as it needs to charge your batteries. Should you be on eco mode it may ramp up the Honda if the converter pulls a lot of amps initially. Once the battery begins to get a decent charge it will spool down again so no harm done.


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BlueBoy wrote:

Will my Honda 2000 charge the battery as fast on eco as it will fill throttle?


Better question is; how aggressive is my on board converter / charger?

Some folks put the gen in eco, and it putters along for 12+ hours because the on board converter never kicks into high gear.


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READ THE CHARGER'S MANUAL

Most everything I've read has the charger coming to a near screeching halt when the batteries arrive at 80% charged. Then to fill the remaining 20% it may take weeks or forever connected 24/7.

An absurdly perfect way to sulfate the battery to oblivion. Mixing the electrolyte to avoid stratification? Well, that would happen only if you got into an accident and your rig overturns.

99% of today's "battery chargers" are children's play toy "Tickle Me Elmo" frauds. Smart? A three-toed sloth would kick their ass.

The government ethic is to have you burn 400 gallons more of gasoline and buy three batteries instead of one to save .0001% on hydrogen and sulfur pollution. The same people who want to poison the entire Mississippi River drainage with fertilizer and deadly insecticides with corn growing pollution. Mexico flatly refuses to use food to cause environmental destruction.

Answer me this. SUGAR BEETS render twice as much alcohol using an eighth of the farmland area, a tenth of the pesticides and a truckload yields twice the alcohol. Ask your failed lawyer congressperson why this is...

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Using the 12v battery cord or are you plugging in the main RV cord to the generator?
12v needs eco off
120v eco does not matter

If you have a WFCO converter plugging in will be a trickle charge either way.


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FLY 4 FUN wrote:

Your onboard converter will "demand" as many amps as it needs to charge your batteries. Should you be on eco mode it may ramp up the Honda if the converter pulls a lot of amps initially. Once the battery begins to get a decent charge it will spool down again so no harm done.

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If you are using the 12v charging output of the generator stop. It's weak and unregulated. Plug your AC charger into the generator. When it's charging hard it will pull the gen off of eco mode. When the batteries are nearing full it may go to idle. Letting it run wide open all the time won't help anything.

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KD4UPL wrote:

If you are using the 12v charging output of the generator stop. It's weak and unregulated. Plug your AC charger into the generator. When it's charging hard it will pull the gen off of eco mode. When the batteries are nearing full it may go to idle. Letting it run wide open all the time won't help anything.


but it will make more noise and use more gas.

Hint, if the batteries are discharged and the honda stays at low rpm when charger is on, you likely have a WFCO and aren't getting much charge at all and will take days (literally) to charge the battery. A PD60A charger will draw about 1000+VA (crummy power factor) and if it is charging the generator will NOT be idling, it will be running reasonably hard. The WFCO should do the same, but rarely does. it usually stays at 13.6V or around 15A, generator running at idle.


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