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Post by lucasg on Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:32 am

My new leisure battery only stays in charge for 2 days max before I have to put the charger on. There is even a solar panel(80w) .. Although the van is parked in a shady spot. The only things that can be taking the charge are the alarm and tracker unit?
Is this what I should expect?
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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:11 am

If you are not using the van, as long as the solar panel has access to some daylight, the leisure battery should never completely discharge.

You say 'new leisure battery'; how did the previous one perform?

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Post by lucasg on Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:59 pm

Thanks Peter for the reply.. It is a brand new van .. 8 weeks old. It seems to me to run out of juice far too quickly for the the little demand we make on it
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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:25 pm

The EC500 incorporates a shutdown button to stop drain of the leisure battery when the van is not being used. However if you have a solar panel in good light and want to charge both vehicle and leisure batteries then the shutdown switch should be left switched on.

If your solar panel is in shade and you are not switching the shutdown button off then that will be the problem.

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Post by -mojo- on Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:36 pm

But only two days to discharge, with (if I read correctly) no leisure battery use at all other than alarm and tracker? Something is definitely wrong there.

I would certainly try it in shutdown mode as Peter describes, but I would still want the dealer to investigate unless you find an obvious cause for the battery drain while the panel is switched on but nothing is in use in the van.
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Post by Claytaa on Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:41 am

Got the same van and it never seems to loose much charge, I imagine because of the solar panel, I think you have a problem.
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Post by Gromit on Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:10 am

Agreed.

Two days is a ludicrously short period before needing a charge. Two weeks maybe?

I'd have a word with Mark Burdett at A/S Service Centre. He's always very helpful and I'm certain he will be able to sort it out for you.

Definitely needs checking.

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Post by padraigpost on Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:48 am

My Bourton leisure battery used to last for 2 weeks despite having a 80w solar panel but it does not receive all day sun, I now use the shutdown switch when at home and have never had the leisure battery run down, I also have a battery master unit fitted by vanbitz.
I used to have to charge the leisure battery every 10-12 days but now no problem, the strikeback alarm is I believe powered by the starter battery but as I said the battery master tops up the starter battery.
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Post by Claytaa on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:49 pm

Any news on the drain problem?
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Post by padraigpost on Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:12 pm

It would be nice if we received an update on this problem
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Post by lucasg on Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:47 pm

Hello All 
Thx for your replies and advice. The Bourton is due to go back to the dealer for some warranty work and the battery issue is amongst the other niggles.. I'll update on return
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Post by lucasg on Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:03 am

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"My new leisure battery only stays in charge for 2 days max before I have to put the charger on. There is even a solar panel(80w) .. Although the van is parked in a shady spot. The only things that can be taking the charge are the alarm and tracker unit?
Is this what I should expect? " back in July

I am slowly getting to the bottom of what might be the problem.... after reading all of the advice and taking back to Spinney ( who said that there was nothing wrong) I noticed that the charge was now getting up to 100% and the battery lasted for about a week.. within a month it ws back to the old tricks.. only charging up to 60-70% and lasting for 2-3 days ( with no use)

In October it went in for a substantial snag service and the problem was investigated.. I was told that the PSU panel needed recalibrating.
On return the van was parked up and I connected the mains hook up to charge up the battery after about a week..as I noticed the leisure battery was completely flat - zero .

However .. the battery would not charge.. so another booking at Spinney. This time I was told that the panel had been set to just register 10% of the levels? Hence it was showing no charge in the battery (although it did show a  full charge when the panel setting was changed).

The electrician at Spinney could not explain why. Possibilities are that I had reprogrammed the panel ( definitely not - I would not know how), It was left in some recalibration mode following the service, or the panel is faulty in some way?

I am now keeping an eye on the charge.. meanwhile the switch that operates the electric step has stopped working. Back to Spinney in 2016?
Merry Xmas!
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Post by Peter Brown on Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:46 pm

lucasg wrote:meanwhile the switch that operates the electric step has stopped working. Back to Spinney in 2016?
Merry Xmas!

Now isn't that weird, I've not come across an internal step with a problem before but I've just been contacted by another member with an intermittent switch?

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Post by Pete Taylor on Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:09 pm

lucasg, I've been having a similar problem with our year-old Stanton: if not on hook-up, leisure battery down to an indicated 50% after 2 days- and we have a solar panel! The panel showed a constant drain on the leisure batt of about 0.7 amp and only 0.1 amp going in via solar. If on hook-up the leisure batt did not appear to be getting any steady charge, the fuse is OK, I checked, also the clock was wrong.

Today I re-calibrated the panel and it now displays that the leisure battery is slowly being charged about 0.8 amp and the indicated capacity is rising.
If you look at this thread:  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] there is a link to two really useful documents concerning control panels, etc. Re-calibrating is really easy.

Several other folks have reported similar, apparent, charging issues, along with the clock showing the wrong time.

Don't get me started on Spinney.......

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Post by Pete Taylor on Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:16 pm

Update: since re-calibrating the panel the leisure battery is up to an indicated 100%. smile!

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