Chandlery December 2017 Issue

Blue Seas New Smart Charger

Keeping batteries fully charged is a science that cruisers have to master sooner or later. If today’s high-capacity AGM batteries aren’t managed properly, valuable amp hours in can permanently trickle away through sulfation, as we saw in our test of AGM batteries (See “Fighting Sulfation in AGMs,” PS May 2015). Good battery management means complete re-charging that matches the charging profile of your battery, and this means an accurate sensing of battery voltage. As we saw in our recent report on battery monitors (see “Best Battery Monitor Test Update,” PS October 2017) a good monitor will also keep track of temperature, as this can be a limiting factor in charge acceptance rate.

To continue reading this article, you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Practical Sailor today and save 72%.

Here's what you'll get:

  • Immediate access to this article.
  • Access to more than 2,000 Practical Sailor articles like this.
  • Each new monthly issue delivered to you.
  • Recommendations of the best electronics for your boat.
  • Money- and hassle-saving tips for finding your dream boat.
  • Help installing new equipment and gear so you'll get it done right the first time!
  • Ratings on the newest paints, coatings and materials to keep your boat ship-shape.

Your satisfaction to Practical Sailor is guaranteed. Subscribe today to see why hundreds of thousands of sailors trust us as their #1 source of boating information.

 

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.
Already subscribed but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.