Slow Boat to China: If cruisers lose their house batteries, they may lose cooking, lights and refrigeration, especially if they lack a genset.
The Fix-Up: Available in 12- and 24-volt and 20-, 40- and 60-amp models. All can run on a wide range of voltage starting at 90 volts alternating current (VAC). Microprocessor-controlled, the TrueCharge2 manages minute voltage differences of AGM, gel and flooded cell batteries. It’s internal fan cools the charging system and quickly brings depleted batteries back to an 80 percent charge and then finishes the job without boiling or overcharging.
Special Forces: Xantrex has selectors for temperature control, overheat protection and battery control settings for heavy use or long-term dockage.
$600 (for 60-amp model); xantrex.com
Charge Output Channels: 3
Input Voltage: 100V~240V AC
1. Power: YES
2. Charger Status: YES
3. Charger Mode Select: YES
4. Connection/Battery Check: YES
5. Battery Type Select: YES
6. Battery Temp Select: YES
7. Overvoltage/Overheat Indicator: YES
Maximum Charge Current: 10 amp/channel (20 amps total)
Nominal Output Voltage/Bank: 12V/24V DC
Battery-Type Setting: Flooded (lead-acid)/AGM, gel, AGM+
Max Bulk Time: 15 hours
Output Cable Length: 6 feet
Power Cord Length: 6 feet
Housing: IP65 (splash-proof)
Reverse polarity protection
Short circuit protection