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    • #35486
      Chris
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      I had a long conversation with the folks at AM Solar about my situation today, and I’ve decided to go with the Victron battery monitor to I can being testing to see what kind of individual loads I am putting on the battery. They suggested if I could accurately measure amp hours used, and compare it to what my batteries are rated for at 100% charge, I could figure out if my batteries might be bad. They are only a year old, so hopefully that’s not the issue, but there seems to be no other good explanation for what is happening.

    • #35459
      Chris
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      Phil, thanks for the informative response! Since I started experiencing my issues, I keep wading deeper and deeper into this battery situation. I really can’t find anything wrong, so I’m wondering if there could possibly be an issue with my solar controller. I almost never hook up to shore power, so if that controller is doing something weird, maybe that is producing my problem. It shows both the voltage and % of charge, and both have been down very low after only minimal usage. I think I will definitely go with the battery monitor just to be able to see what individual items in the camper are using, and what might be draining the battery so quickly.

      I just don’t think under any circumstances that some LED lights, a Fantastic fan, and occasionally the water pump should take my batteries from 100% to under 50% in less than a day.

    • #35456
      Chris
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      I’m looking into some similar options. I already have 2 100 w panels in place, along with 2 6V Harris AGM batteries, but lately, I have been experiencing some weird things. My solar controller has been giving me some weird battery level readings, and my batteries have been running down very quickly, even though they are only 1 year old. Recently, they went from 30% to 0% in about an hour, while we were away from the camper, with nothing cut on.

      I am looking at installing the Vicktron battery monitor, as well as a MPPT controller. Both are bluetooth ready, and hopefully will allow me to monitor my draws and see what might be killing these batteries so quickly.

      Chris

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