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Posted by Jim Rojas on January 10, 2014, 5:04 am
 
Nick Amato wrote:

Does wiring the charge controller on opposite ends help with that as well?
Im having problems keeping all my batteries at the same voltage.

Always keep your charge controllers on the same side as inputs. Wait a  
few days and see if this solves your battery voltage problem.

How long were you running the batteries the way you had it connected  
before?

Hopefully you changed the wiring in time before any serious damage was done.

Please watch this video several times. It has helped many people like  
yourself avoid common mistakes.



I was also advised to get a desulfator.   Since I rarely drain the  
batteries below 12v
I wasn't sure if one is necessary.

It is not really needed.

Jim Rojas


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Posted by Nick Amato on January 10, 2014, 4:38 pm
 
Honestly, its been probably about a year since it was set up this way.. and I think the person who had them before me had it wrong too then. So a total of around a year and a half like that.  How would I know if I have permanent damage?

Posted by clare on January 10, 2014, 6:11 pm
 On Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:38:51 -0800 (PST), Nick Amato


  Charge each battery separately  - equalizing charge if flooded cells
- and then test each battery . If you have access to a Midtronics
battery tester I would check each one and see how closely matched they
are

Posted by Jim Rojas on January 10, 2014, 6:45 pm
 Nick Amato wrote:

A few days should tell you all you need to know. I would take a daily  
reading and write down and compare the results after a week.

What are you doing in the way of maintaining your batteries for the long  
term?

Are you checking water levels?

If the water is low, are you adding only distilled water, or battery acid?

Are you adding any Epson Salt in your cells? Epson salt desulfates  
batteries naturally and replenishes electrolytes. You can then top off  
the batteries with distilled or rain water.

Jim Rojas


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Posted by Nick Amato on January 10, 2014, 6:49 pm
 I am maintaining the levels.. and filling with only distilled water.  I kno
w at one time at least one e cell went low on water because the previous ow
ner did not know to check often.  I didn't know about Epson salt. Is there  
a specific ratio of water to salt?

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