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Roy&Lynne

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Posted: 10/14/12 01:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was just reading the article about the Optima Charger Articleand wondering if people carry one in their RVs and if you think it's worth the $200?
We are going south this winter and will be doing some dry camping and boondocking.


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Posted: 10/14/12 01:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nope.


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Posted: 10/14/12 01:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What are you going to plug it into if you are dry camping? Doesn't this charger require 120v power to operate?

Your batts will charge through your tow vehicle or your generator, if you have one...or your converter if you do have shore power.


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Posted: 10/14/12 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always have always will. I also carry a Booster Battery/ Inflator for the Tracker! You never know when it might be useful!


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Posted: 10/14/12 01:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You bet I do.... This is a big PLAN B thing with me especially when camping off the power grid. I carry the Black and Decker VEC1093DBD 40AMP "Smart Mode" portable charger.

This unit will re-charge my batteries in the same 3 hours as my on-board PD9260C converter/charger will do and will run just fine from my 2KW Honda generator...

I also don't really like using jumper cables to get a battery jump start or give someone a battery jump start. I would rather just run my 2KW Generator and use a 5-10 minute battery charge time to get things going again.

This way I have good excuse to make some more good ole fresh made bean coffee to re-fill my thermos with when running my generator again. It only take me 5 minutes to grind and make a 10-cup re-supply of coffee with my Cuisinart Bean coffee maker.

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EDIT NOTE: I always carry my 2KW Honda Generator secured to the inside tailgate corner of my truck which has a lockable hard plastic folding "Fold-A-Cover" bed cover. My 2KW generator goes where I go "out-of-sight"


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Posted: 10/14/12 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do carry a battery charger for use when solar doesn't keep up. $200 seems way over priced for a 12 amp charger when you can get a 40 amp electronic smart charger for less. I have one of the Black and Decker VEC1093DBD 40AMP chargers that works great and runs fine on a cheap 800 watt HF generator.

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Posted: 10/14/12 02:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Carrying a battery charger is cheap insurance. Factory converters are pretty sad. Upgraded ones are good but can fail. A nice desulphating charger of 30 amps or more can come in REALLY handy. If your converter dies you can charge your battery and save your trip. If you have the factory converter turning it off at the breaker and running a good equalizing charge monthly can save your battery (or batteries).

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Posted: 10/14/12 01:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry a 5 amp Battery Tender Power Tender plus. It is very compact, simple (no fans or mechanical stuff to break), sealed, and will get me out of trouble if need be. It can be left hooked up if needed and will not boil the batteries. I have used them for years.

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Can be purchased at Amazon for about $75.

This is the backup to my Progressive Dynamics multi stage converter and Trik=L-Start.

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Posted: 10/14/12 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Optima is a bit high priced for what it is. I only carry a spare charger when visiting the snow and keeping the batteries up is critical if the converter fails.


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Posted: 10/14/12 03:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep sure do, got a bat minder,set of 12ft jumper cables, 2sets of smaller cables, and a bat booster, wow I-m ready if I don't get to go,happy-camping

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