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ivbinconned

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Posted: 02/03/21 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What’s the difference there between the two 60 amp ones. The one says “hardwired”.
That’s not explained.
Is it compatible with lead acid as well?


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Posted: 02/03/21 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ivbinconned wrote:

What’s the difference there between the two 60 amp ones. The one says “hardwired”.
That’s not explained.
Is it compatible with lead acid as well?


You want the other 60 that has a plug in 120v cable , not the hardwire version if you get the Boondocker. He has two versions see his lettering explanation for the models. The Boondocker is a PowerMax, re-labelled. BoatandRV seems to be a better price and free shipping, but not to Canada sadly.

If you can get them to send it via post office it can save a fee compared with the other couriers AFAIK.

Yes, it works with any type of battery. You have to do the adjustments to the voltage for that mode, or you can just leave it in automatic three-stage for your Wets.

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Posted: 02/03/21 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ivbinconned wrote:

What’s the difference there between the two 60 amp ones. The one says “hardwired”.
That’s not explained.
Is it compatible with lead acid as well?
Hardwired would be connected to a J-Box with romex. Not hard wired would have a 5-15 plug to go into a standard wall outlet.

Yes lead-acid is fine. I would probably get a Progressive dynamics for lead-acid as they have a longer absorption time. The smaller Boondocker (45 amp) would be slightly better with lead-acid as it will shift to normal (13.6v) at a higher state of charge.


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ivbinconned wrote:

Is it because it’s cold here in the frozen Canadian climate?
It’s a WFCO 55 amp.


How do you know it stops? Most modern converters are rather silent. about he only thing that makes noise is the thermostatically Controlled fan. It will generally start when you first plug in (part of the power on self test) but then shut down cause... in your own words IT IS COLD.

A volt meter will tell you if the converter is converting... The basic rule is Not working = <13<13 equals working But depending on many things it might take a bit to come up.

(That's less than 13 not working actually 12.6 or less) and greater (13.6 is not uncommon) = working. more than 14 = bulk mode


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Posted: 02/03/21 05:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WA if you read my 2nd and 3rd posts you will note that the trailer has been plugged it for a couple weeks....and was now testing at 11.5 volts.

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Posted: 02/03/21 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I assume the batteries charged normal on the small portable charger and are holding 12.5+ volts since.

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Posted: 02/03/21 09:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just put the portable on yesterday.
I’ll check it tomorrow and report.

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The portable is a smart charger. I watched it for a few minutes and it was operating normal.

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If the batteries are at 11.x after weeks of plugged in then one of the following conditions exist in linier ordder
Shore power failure
ATS (Mostly a motor home issue) Failure
Breaker tripped. or screws so loose in breaker box no contact is made (Seen it)
Bad converter
Blown Reverse Polarity Fuse
Batteries not connected and self discharging.

EDIT since your WFCO is a deck mount. if it's truly bad then I recommend progressive Dynamics 9200 line.. match last two digits of model as close as you can to what you have now. IE WFCO xx60 replace with 9260

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Posted: 02/04/21 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Dynamic line up does not have one that does both acid and lithium.

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