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#12409837 - 09/01/17 09:49 AM Am I in need of a charger upgrade?
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Super Start cranking battery 650 MCA

Two Interstate batteries both with 845 MCA

Noco Genius mini 2 bank battery charger.

Batteries have been tested and are still rock solid.

Longest I have been on the water to date is 9-10 hours and still had juice when I put the boat on the trailer. My problem is with the charging; it's going on close to 16 hours now and it is still not fully charged. Is this a call for a charger upgrade? What's a guy gonna do when there's a 2 day tourney??? hmmm
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#12409856 - 09/01/17 10:01 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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What amp is the charger

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#12409860 - 09/01/17 10:04 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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8 amps
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#12409872 - 09/01/17 10:10 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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4 amps per bank...I think I answered my own question.
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#12409901 - 09/01/17 10:34 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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If you are draining batteries and fishing back to back tourny days you gonna need a bigger charger, at least a 10 amp and and probably 15amp would be even beter

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#12409949 - 09/01/17 11:13 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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Per Minn Kota's website a 30 amp charger would fully charge the batteries in 4-6 hours. That would be plenty powerful enough for my boat. Only addition I may add in the future is a hydrowave. Other than that it's just two HDS graphs and a 24v TM. Not putting anything else on this boat.
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#12409984 - 09/01/17 11:42 AM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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One issue is you have one bank trying to charge two batteries. Neither will get completely charged well or evenly. With 3 batteries, you need a 3 bank charger and I would recommend a 15 amp or higher.


Edited by Capt Craig (09/01/17 11:42 AM)
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#12410067 - 09/01/17 12:44 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: Capt Craig]
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Originally Posted By: Capt Craig
One issue is you have one bank trying to charge two batteries. Neither will get completely charged well or evenly. With 3 batteries, you need a 3 bank charger and I would recommend a 15 amp or higher.


Why would you recommend 15 as opposed to 10 amps? Does this give me anything other than a faster charge?
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#12410114 - 09/01/17 01:18 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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No, just a faster charge. I spend a lot of time on the trolling motor. When running morning and afternoon trips, I don't have time to put it back on the charger in between. I just want when I do charge it, to be an effective use of time to be back fully charged.

I have the 4 bank MK 460 PC at 15 amps per bank and it does an excellent job.
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#12410199 - 09/01/17 01:52 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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Ok. Got ya, thanks. I'm the type to get out early and stay till I'm done and would never really do multiple trips in one day. Unless, I guess, I'm fishing an away lake and staying there for a few consecutive days right on the water.
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#12410229 - 09/01/17 02:07 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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I'm looking at the MK 330 PC
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#12410233 - 09/01/17 02:11 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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Or finding the 345 PC on eBay for pretty cheap.
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#12410236 - 09/01/17 02:13 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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Would I need to buy any additional equipment for the new charger or can it be retro-fitted with the existing battery cables and set up?
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#12410250 - 09/01/17 02:21 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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345 PC for $315 BNIB. That's a steal.

The 330 PC is $380 on Tackle Warehouse before Labor Day discount.
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#12410305 - 09/01/17 03:01 PM Re: Am I in need of a charger upgrade? [Re: i-Fish]
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Check Amazon, they had some really good prices.
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