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Old 11-09-2019, 07:11 PM   #1
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Batteries Drawing 15.1 Amps?

Hey all....Our charging system usually goes thru Bulk, then Absorb, then Float stages as the batteries charge......but today, our system says “absorb” after being plugged into 30amp service for a week. The monitor says we are charging at 15.1V. It’s been pretty cold here - below 32F for the week - 29 today - is it normal to read “absorb” when this cold?

We have #six T-105 6V batteries wired to 12V. All water levels are good in the batteries.
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:16 PM   #2
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After a week of RV plugged in, the power monitor still shows it on Absorb, at 15.1V. I turned on the inverter/charger and after an hour the system was on float charge around 14.2V. Lesson learned. Keep inverter / charger on.

Will (Eckhart next week.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:11 PM   #3
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Your voltages seem to be quite high, I would measure with a hand held multi-meter set to the 20 Volts DC range and see if the displayed voltages matches. If the voltages you are posting match the multi-meter I would call Magnum customer support to discuss.

Normally, topping charge would be 14.4 to 14.5 volts
Normally, float charge would be 13.5 to 13.6 volts

If your voltage was above 14.5 for any length of time, unless you have AGM batteries they may have lost water, get some distilled water and check your battery levels and top off with distilled water as needed. Over volts on AGM may cause them to vent gas and they can be damaged by long term over-voltage, you might have to consult with the AGM battery maker's tech support if you have AGM and they had long term over-voltage.

One possible reason is that Magnum has a user selectable de-sulfate mode that will set the inverter/charger to output 15.1 volts to drive sulfate off the battery plates of Lead-Acid batteries. Should not be used for AGM batteries. Each time you use the de-sulfate mode you need to check water levels on the batteries. It is intended to be used for a few hours at a time at infrequent intervals of 30-60 days apart. It should be covered in your Magnum manual or you can call their technical support line and discuss with them.

Good luck.
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