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Old 09-18-2006, 01:51 PM   #15
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A post in Trailer Life Magazine's Open Roads Forum suggested that BW Manufacturing became MagneTek then Parallax, so that's the series of hardware. That post gives substantial technical detail, but I have no way to know if it is accurate, or if it really applies to Christine's unit.

The converter in my Boler does not include a charger, so I know that I can't hurt the battery with it by overcharging . The optional charger (which I don't have) is apparently a primitive unit which does risk overcharging if left connected, so instead I charge with a state-of-the-art Vector brand charger, and also have a float-type maintainer, both of which are safe for me to hook up and forget (not that I would forget... very often )

In contrast, the description "Power Converter and Charger" means that Chistine's unit does include a charger, so it's not in the simple-but-safe category; the remaining question is how "smart" is the charger, and for that a model number would lead to the right document from Parallax - or you can just assume that it might not handle maintenance charging well, and avoid leaving the converter/charger on for very long periods.

I have yet to see a truly sealed flooded-cell battery, and unless you paid a big premium, you have a normal flooded-cell battery, not a gell-cell or AGM. The caps are still there, and can still be removed (to check fluid level) by prying with something like a screwdriver, after carefully cleaning any junk from around them to avoid contamination.
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:38 AM   #16
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Thanks Brian, we did indeed get the lid off and check the cells which were fine. Most re-assuring. I'll see if I can get the model#
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Go to wallyworld and purchase a bettery hydrometer (Less than $10 US) and check each cell. You may have a dead or marginal cell.

If Wally does not have one, go to Advance Auto.
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