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Symphony batteries

Post by applewood on Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:32 am

Hullo all,

We have a 1998 Symphony and I wonder if anybody has any experience regarding the fitting a split charging system for charging the starting and leisure batteries.

My work pattern has changed and I need to be able to keep both batteries topped up while I am away so Bessie is ready to rock 'n roll on my return.

PS, it needs to be simple so my wife can easily work it.

Any suggestions please.

Thanks.
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Re: Symphony batteries

Post by Paulmold on Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:12 am

I used to use two small solar panels ,one for each battery, when I had my Symphony. I had a 4.8watt for the engine battery connected through the cigar lighter socket which is live all the time (check yours is) and a 2.4 on the leisure battery connected by croc clips. Aldi have a 6 watt panel at ,£29 at the moment if you can find a store with stock otherwise Maplins have them. Mine kept both my batteries fully charged.
If you can leave the van on hook up then fit a battery-master which will take care of both (these work by taking power from your leisure battery when fully charged and diverting any extra power to the engine battery.)

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Post by Bill Silvester on Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:35 pm

Hi.
Can I assume that you connect your 16Amp cable when parked up?
if that is the case, your habitation battery 9 if that is the word, I am an ex yachtsman), should stay on charge.

you could fit a small charger that is powered up when you connect to the mains supply, that is wired to the vehicle battery. I have used several units from Machine Mart that do this job well; not to expensive either. just connect so that it is energised when you connect to the supply.
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