Wednesday, 8 June 2011


I’ve had to buy a new charger, as the one that came with the boat unfortunately went bang the first time I plugged it in!


We gave the battery an overnight charge when we were last down there, I’m not sure of its condition as it came with the boat, and its charge was down to 7volts before I charged it which is not good.

I brought the Ring Smartcharger as it seems to have a good range of options including maintenance routines. Is it me, or does this look more like a radio than a battery charger! The leads pack away into the back of the charger, making it a nice tidy package.

Our power needs on board are relatively modest: depth sounder, yeoman / GPS, VHF and LED lighting.

On our last visit two weeks ago, I installed the new 20watt solar panel, so it will be interesting to see if this has managed to maintain the charge in the battery while we’ve been away.

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