Battery for van

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  1. Delicate-Design

    Delicate-Design Active Member
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    If I install a split charge system in the van can i use a regular car battery as it will be charge when I'm driving? if so what amp hors do you recommend?
     
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    Some people use car batteries. I would go for a leisure battery myself. The more ah the better. I have a 110ah and bench charge it twice a week as well as a split charge off the van battery. I don't know a great deal about split chargers. I would fathom it out if I bought one, but not in a position to give 100% correct info on wiring one. My controller is fitted with the charging system. I think I read you have bought a controller? I'd defo buy the one I have again.
     
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    Tuffers I've not bought a controller yet what one do you have? I thought the split charge keeps the battery topped up anyway so shouldn't need to be bench charged that often
     
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    If you don't do much mileage then just using a split charge relay the wfp battery will eventually go flat.
     
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  5. Tuffers

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    Depends on how many miles you do. Might pay you to get a Ring charger. I have this one for my leisure battery http://www.ringautomotive.co.uk/uk/products/Cars/Battery+Care/Standard+Charger/RCB208, make sure it charges 'gel' batteries if you get a different make.

    Also a multimeter is a good idea, to check the condition of the battery http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-5232...TF8&qid=1410811091&sr=1-6&keywords=multimeter

    I have the controller which is the 9th product down the page, ref SFC5 http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/water_pumps.html
     
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    And if you get the Cleaningspot controller, there's a 10% discount code for forum members ;)
     
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    Delicate-Design Active Member
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    I didn't think of that :(

    I like the sound of that controller Tuffers thanks
     
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    Time to do some shopping I think :)
     
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    When my system was fitted, I was told to bench charge it once a week regardless of mileage to keep the battery in a decent condition :)
     
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    Awcs I'm guessing a trickle charge conditions the battery
     
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