RV Life – RV Product Review: Solar Car Battery Charger

this is just a small battery charger that charges thru your cigarette lighter.


RV Tips – How to check your battery and charging system

Jeff from Johnson’s RV shows us how to check your battery and charging system on your trailer.


AIMTOM 4AMP 12V & 6V Smart Battery Charger for Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Boat, RV, SUV, ATV

AIMTOM IBC-4000 Smart Battery Charger is ideal for charging and maintaining most 12V and 6V batteries ranging from 12-120Ah, such as Motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, Snowmobiles, Jet Skis, Cars, RVs, Boats, Trucks, Tractors and more.
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Fully automatic, the IBC-4000 provides a charge when needed, stops charging when battery is fully-charged or topped-off and offers built-in circuit protection guards against overcharging, reverse polarity or short circuiting.

Has auto-memory, which returns to last selected mode when restarted, and also automatically adjusts itself to changing current needs.
6V/12V compatibility, and charges 6V and 12V batteries.
Detects the voltage of the battery and automatically select 6V or 12V to charge. Automatically shuts off if charger remains in bulk charge mode for an extended period of time and turn itself to a battery maintainer.
Includes safety features such as reverse polarity, short circuit, open circuit, spark proof, overheat, overcurrent and overcharge.
Switch mode designed with high-frequency and high-efficiency for a lightweight, compact charger.
Recovers deeply discharged and sulfated batteries with pulse charging.
Multiple battery chemistry, safely charges WET, GEL, Maintenance Free and AGM batteries.
Smart 8-stage MCU controlled charging processes utilize sophisticated levels of intelligence to alter the charge process based on feedback from the battery.
Includes battery clamp connectors, eyelet terminal connectors, and user guide.


RV batteries not charging properly. Fix Solar Panel Power Loss. How to fix low battery charging

RV batteries not charging properly. Fix Solar Panel Power Loss. How to fix low battery charging. How To Test Solar Panel Power Loss. # 1 cause of solar panel charging power loss. RV batteries not charged. RV batteries reduced charging, low battery /increase batteries power not fully charged, loss of amps. What to do. increase RV Solar Panel location to avoid power loss save batteries, Low power charging and loss. Why low amps power out. RV Power loss or boost solar power. How To Maximize Solar Panel Output. The effect of shade on a solar panel. Charge solar batteries with little power loss. Testing RV and House Solar Panel Voltage loss from shadow. you are loosing power from cast shadow and is a very big loss. We test the voltage loss in this video. Low power in batteries when using tv or lights overnight. Low charge voltage, low charge amps all caused by shadow. This will answer why won’t my solar panels charge better or why do my batteries die so fast, maybe discharge fast. It isn’t discharging fast, but rather not charging fully. Solar charging solutions.
See how the effect of shade causes voltage droopy shade and effects solar charging problems. Want to know ‘why won’t my solar panels keep charging’, to keep your solar panels charging without loosing power of having power loss, look at the effect of shade on your rv battery. Not charging is not necessarily no sun but the effect of low voltage, power loss, loosing power and the effect of shade. If you don’t fully charge batteries for overnight use, your batteries will discharge fast. Remember the reason we don’t want shade on on solar panels. Keep it in mind and you will get maximum solar power for your rv and save your batteries.


↓Episode 44 – RV Deep Cycle Battery Storage

↓There can be a fair amount of confusion about the best way to store an RV Battery during the off season. In this episode I break it down to simplify the process and make some nice product recommendations along the way. In most scenarios the RV’er is storing his battery during the cold winter months and typically not during the hot summer months. The methods can adapted to either situation, hot or cold. The summer heat can damage a battery as much as poorly stored battery during the cold months.
↓The bottom line is to keep the battery case and posts clean and keeping the battery properly charged during the storage process . If your battery is going to be stored in the RV during the winter months you will want to make sure that it has a full charge and this will prevent it from freezing. Some have said that an RV Battery will freeze if left in the RV during storage and that is not true unless the temperature drops way below Zero.
↓If you decide to store the battery in the RV, make sure the battery is disconnected from any electrical source that good drain the battery during storage. It might just be best to physically disconnect the battery cables altogether. If you are unsure of how to hook the battery cables up later then you could take a picture or draw a diagram. It is important that battery gets hooked up the same way it was connected was, assuming it was correct to begin with.
↓I would opt to store the battery in a garage or some place that has power to run a Trickle Charger. The stored battery should be fully charged prior to storage and then the charge should be maintain during the storage period. Today there are plenty of Hi Tech battery chargers available and I recommend to purchase a battery charger that will go into float mode after the battery is charged. If your charger has this capability your can leave it hooked up to the battery and plugged in for the off season with no harm being caused to the battery.
↓It is best to store the RV Battery away from any source away from sparks or open flames. Although today’s batteries can be stored on a concrete floor it is best to store it on a piece of wood, work bench or similar. Make sure the surface is protected if it is a nice surface you care about. It is pretty simple to store a battery for the off season.
I recommend Battery Tender and Noco battery chargers to maintain All of your  Batteries. Click here for more information about both brands and to purchase from Amazon.

Bonus Content: The below content was briefly explained in the podcast. You can consider this some bonus content if you are thinking about changing to a different battery type.
Gel Cell vs. AGM (glass mat) batteries. 
What Is A Gel Battery?

Before you can determine the pros and cons of a gel battery and how they will affect you, it’s important to understand what exactly a gel battery is. A gel battery is very similar to a traditional lead-acid battery with the addition of silica to the electrolyte to create the gel like substance. This thickening of the electrolyte means that gel batteries can be installed in a variety of positions and don’t emit as many fumes.

Pro Tip: This allows for gel batteries to be used in applications where ventilation is limited.
How Does It Work?

A gel battery (often referred to as a gel cell battery) is a lead-acid battery that is valve regulated. When the electrolyte is mixed with sulphuric acid and silica, it becomes a relatively stationary gel substance. This gel mixture allows the battery to utilize the acid and electrolyte in the same way it would with a traditional lead-acid battery, just without the added maintenance.
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RV Portable Solar Charging System presented by RV Education 101®

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Green RV Project. Part 4. Charging the RV Battery System

Charge your RV batteries the right way and they’ll last for years.

Many RVers complain that they’re batteries don’t last long enough, or that they fail and have to be replaced too quickly. This is almost always because of poor battery charging and maintenance.

In this episode of the Green RV Project, we talk about the importance of proper multi-stage battery charging when connected to electrical hookups to optimize the effectiveness of your battery bank and make it last a long time. Specifically we discuss the Xantrex TRUEcharge2, the benefits of the system, and do a brief review of the installation of the unit.

We discuss:

-The stages of charging

-Why you should have a multi-stage charger instead of the converter your RV may have come with

-Have the right charger for the type of batteries you have.

The Xantrex TRUEcharge2 can be found on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=xantrex%20truecharge%202&linkCode=ur2&sprefix=xantrex%20true%2Caps%2C355&tag=rvtravel04-20


How To Charge RV Batteries With The Battery Tender Jr – Lithium And Lead Acid

This will charge lead acid, AGM, Lithium, sealed, and gel batteries.
You can get one here on Amazon https://amzn.to/2rAAi9w

This little battery charger is very versatile. It can be used to charge almost any type of battery ranging from AGM, lead acid, gel, lithium, and sealed. This is an 800 milliamp charger It has a button to switch it from lead acid batteries to lithium battery charging. One of the great things about this battery charger is that it can be left on permanently to keep your batteries charged . This is especially handy for RV applications when you need to store your batteries for the winter and you don’t want them to Discharge overtime which can result in damage to the battery. The installation of this is very very simple as it just plugs into the wall and then you connect to alligator clips to the battery on the right setting for lead acid or lithium and the charger will do the rest. This charger is also very water resistant so it can be used for boat applications or in damp environments. After testing this battery charger on multiple batteries including lead acid and lithium it performed incredibly well .
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RV Converter, replacing it! How to know it’s bad and how to replace it!

Caution!! Disconnect your batteries, bf replacing your converter, as well!
Well, it’s simple, our RV converter, aged 21 years or so, has finally converted…into a chunk of metal and material waste. It’s time to replace it! Watch how easy it is and how to know if yours is bad!

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