AnswerID: 61006 Submitted: Monday, May 31, 2004 at 13:43
Member - Captain (WA)
I runa redarc isolator
, the same as the ARB smart solenoid but 1/2 the price. But as for the "best" system, I believe the charge/isolator
by Rotronics is the best if you are talking about the ability to recharge the batteries properly.
A solenoid (redarc, ARB etc...) joins both batteries together and any internal resistance difference makes proper full recharging difficult. Now add a deep cycle battery into the equation (different internal resistances) and it will take ages to fully recharge it, if at all!!!
The rotronics overcomes this by individually charging the batteries as required and ensuring the starting battery stays charged. Add a 3rd deep cycle battery into say a van and it will also charge it. But a complete 3 bat plus winch setup costs over $1,000 just for the isolator
!!!! Hence my redarc and manual switch to charge the van. Rotronics is great, but too $$$ IMHO
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