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Old 08-08-2007, 06:56 PM   #15
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Thanks Brian!

What do people think about the Solar charger at Costco?
It claims: "Quality solar cells engineered in the UK under 9001-2000 certified standards
1.2 A, 15 V (18 W) power
LED power indicator
Plug'n'PlayŽ quick connection
Includes 3 m (10-ft.) power cable, cigarette lighter adapter, charge controller and battery clamps
Weatherproof
Panel dimensions (L x W x H):
109.2 cm x 48.3 cm x 5.1 cm
(39 in. x 19 in. x 2 in.)
Weight: 6.8 kg (15 lb.)"

It is pictured with the same charge controller as the 3 panel charger they sell which is described as "4 A charge controller with German "PWM" technology to prevent overcharge" so I would assume that it comes with the single panel charger as well.
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Old 08-10-2007, 05:08 AM   #16
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If you want to park in the sun all day and move the solar charger so it points at the sun I guess it would be OK.
Me I like a nice wooded site so I wouldn't liek the solar Idea.
Just my preferance and I am sure it is fine for others.

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Old 08-10-2007, 10:14 AM   #17
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Here's where I'm at. Bought new deep cycle 24 battery at Costco. Went with the Canadian Tire 11-1513-8 charger.

I checked charger prices at 5 stores, but Canuck Tire was still the best price for the intelligent type charger.

On a side note, I will not be returning to one of the auto parts stores as I was treated condescendingly by the salesperson, presumably because I was a female looking for a bettery charger they thought maybe I wanted to charge some AA's for an Ipod or something and that I was in the wrong store. Maybe they read my thread title

I may still look at a solar charger in the future to top up while camping, as mostly I will be boondocking.

There seems to be some conflicting information about whether the new battery should be charged before or after installation? Does it make any difference?

Also, I've read conflicting information about whether water should be added to new batteries before or after the first charge if needed?
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:52 AM   #18
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Also, I've read conflicting information about whether water should be added to new batteries before or after the first charge if needed?
In the past, batteries were shipped not charged - and actually completely dry - but now they typically come ready-to-use. If a battery which came "wet" (containing the normal liquid level) already needs water after one charge cycle, I would be concerned.

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There seems to be some conflicting information about whether the new battery should be charged before or after installation? Does it make any difference?
The battery should be charged before you try to use it (to avoid accidentally discharging it too far), which means if you have not charged it before you install it, don't have a bunch of stuff turned on (lights, fan, etc), but otherwise I can't see why it would matter in what order you do charging and installation.
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Thanks Brian, that helps!
Hopefully I don't blow anything up!
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