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REDARC ON-BOARD BATTERY CHARGER
This new unit manages solar, mains and alternator charging - March 2016
Redarc’s latest Manager30 can charge auxiliary Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries as well as lead acid, calcium and AGM batteries.
The Manager30 operates like five separate products: an auxiliary vehicle battery charger while on the move; a 240-volt charger; a solar regulator; a battery isolator and a load-disconnect controller.
All functions display on a remote battery monitor.
A user-programmable load-disconnect feature allows an external relay or solenoid to be switched by the Manager30, based on battery voltage or battery state of charge.
This means that no matter the type of battery and load combination, the Manager30 can ensure that the battery can’t discharge to the point of damage.
New to the Manager30 is additional control over the load-disconnect feature. The unit now allows for deeper discharge levels, to accommodate the increased performance of LiFePO4 batteries.
There’s also a load-disconnect override, allowing the user to switch loads (such as lights) back on temporarily, in order to connect a charging source.
Green power priority means that, like its predecessor, the Manager30 has been designed to charge an auxiliary battery from multiple sources simultaneously. If 12-volt solar power input is available, solar power will be used before 240V mains or DC vehicle power.
We have a test unit that we'll be evaluating over the next few months.
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