charging via anderson plug on camper

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 16:52
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is it possible to charge my camper battery via the anderson plug on my camper by making up an adapter for my 12v battery charger .this would save me having to pull the camper out of the carport. wind it up and put the battery on charge, over winter the camper does not get used but i still charge the battery every few weeks
any thoughts comments would help thanks
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:03

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:03
Yes,

but don't use a normal battery charger. Buy one that applies a trickle type maintenance charge and leave it on forever.

There is a brand called Battery Fighter. You can get it at Dick Smith, Jaycar, places like that. About $50, I think. You will see that it comes with a couple of different cables and connections that you can use or modify.

I leave one on my boat and other batteries for months at a time.

No need to take the caps of the bateries, just connect it up.
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Follow Up By: Izey76 - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 19:44

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 19:44
I also have a Battery Fighter charger permanently in my camper to charge the batteries up when hooked up to 240V in caravan Parks or while at home not being used, and have found it very good in keeping the batteries fully charged and in top nick.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 22:39

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 22:39
Izey,

love the 3 little tykes in your photo. The one in the middle is giving his TOTAL attention to that icey pole.

Priceless.

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Reply By: autosparky - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:46

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:46
yes wot gone bush sed
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Follow Up By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 22:47

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 22:47
G'day fellas. Is the Battery Fighter charger you mention, the 1.25 amp one? Would it be OK for a 75AH Wet deep cycle battery. My old charger is only rated to pump up batteries up to 50AH so I'm in the market for a newie. Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 23:04

Saturday, Jun 14, 2008 at 23:04
This is the one I was talking about:

Look at www.dse.com.au

and enter Cat Number M9825. It looks like Dickies are clearing them out for $19.90. Good buy if there is any stock left.


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Follow Up By: DIO - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:29

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 10:29
That link doesn't work, try this one .... DSE
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 21:19

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 21:19
This is where a small solar panel is ideal bolted to the shed roof with a lead run down to the trailer & connected via the Anderson plug. We have several machines at work that are used infrequently with $60 solar panels trickle charging & have increased battery life from 6 months to 4+ years.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:54

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:54
To cut through all the crap, using an Anderson plug from a battery charger sounds like a great idea.

I assume you intend to plug the charger in were you usually attach the 12V power the car using the Anderson plug.

As has been suggested, it is probably more beneficial to have it hooked up permanently on trickle charge if you don't isolate/disconnetc the battery while the trailer is stored. If disconnected it is less likely to discharge over time.

Its what I intend to do when I put a battery into the van.
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:55

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:55
PS If it were me I'd have just done it and wouldn't even ask a forum.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:00

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:00
I use a Ctek 7000 to charge my van battery via Anderson Plug on van, which when travelling connects to anderson plug on vehicle .
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I can also use it to attach to boat battery, or cranking battery on vehiocle when requirered.

Beats having to lift everything to get at battery.


Pedro
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