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Old 01-21-2018, 08:34 PM   #41
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Thanks, that makes sense
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:03 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
Ok my head is spinning now. If car alternators are not good why do car batteries do just fine? I usually get 8-10 years out of a car battery in a car.

Now I must say a truck battery at least in any truck that uses two(or more) batteries life is much shorter. Typical for me 2-4 years.

Golf cart chargers? what do they do in terms of voltage and three stage or not charging? I realize most of us are not setting up a 36 volt system so it is not practical to use a golf cart charger. However still have to wonder as they do seem to work well for golf carts.
Most golf carts have flooded lead acid batteries and they can take a bulk charge from a standard alt in a house bank set up. Chargers are pretty much the same bulk charge but have a float mode to keep the charge topped off. Some chargers reduce the charging as the voltage comes up. Some have a desulfation mode. I won't get into that.

Twigg covered the other issues with AGM.
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