|Old "Boat Anchor" Convert/Charger"|
|New PD4645 Replacement Converter/Charger|
The install was easy and it really only took about an hour to do. The existing door and hardware still fits and the box from the exterior looks stock. I highly recommend this update as it will be nicer to your batteries and adds some useful functions to your DC power center.
Battery chargers come in so many flavors it would be hard to list them all! Obviously, their main function is to, duh, CHARGE BATTERIES. Mainly, they vary in the amount of power they can use to charge the batteries. Typically from trickle chargers at around 2 amps up to rapid chargers at 100amps. The more amps you have the faster your batteries will charge up to a certain point. After that, most battery manufacturers suggest tapering off the amps (and volts) to gently bring the battery up to full charge. I prefer using 3 (or 4 stage) smart chargers these sense the state of the battery, some even have a temperature probe to modify the charging profile based on the temperature of the battery. This makes for a very effective charging system. Now, "simply" add some Solar Panels and you can have free power as well. OK, simply is probably an overstatement, but it's not all that hard.
Now, just to add some confusion, you can buy any combination of Converter/Charger/Inverter. So each function could be in the same box.
Hopefully, this will clarify the purposes and names of the often confused components. I know I was a bit confused at the very beginning!
Be Seeing You...Down The Road,
Rich "The Wanderman"