The charging system of marine batteries trolling power solution

Just like in your car, the electrical systems on a boat run off a battery. Everything from your CD player to a TV, microwave, refrigerators and dozens of other systems are all battery powered. As such, you should charge the batteries from time to time. But finding the correct charger for your boat and your particular needs is important to ensure that you get the correct charging and that you get life as much as possible from your batteries.

• Different battery chargers will come with different features. Look for a battery charger that has a number of outputs equal to the number of trolling motor you have, so your charger can feed all your batteries at once. Look for a charger that has a 20 percent rate below the total charge capacity of your battery.


Decide if you want a battery charger that is portable to keep on the boat, or if you want a plug-in model that can be used on the dock. Also consider what price range you are willing to pay, and what guarantees the shippers you are looking for at the tender.

Marine and deep-cycle batteries are both commonly used for a variety of applications, ranging from traditional power sources for trolling motor and electronics to small-scale renewable energy applications. However, if your batteries are not properly supported, they will quickly drain out. In some cases, a dead battery may need to be replaced if it has lost its ability to hold the charge. There are several ways to ensure that your batteries are fully charged and cared for, one of the most common of which involves the use of a maintenance charger.

• Install a boat charger to keep the battery fully charged. The net chargers can be either plugged into a power source, it is available, or you can use solar battery chargers if you only use the boat intermittently. Solar chargers work best if they can sit for several days and charge the battery rather than charging in a matter of hours. Solar chargers should be sized according to the voltage of the battery, they are charging.

• Install a load regulator attached to a generator if you are using multiple batteries in the marine and deep cycle batteries on a regular basis. Load regulators are designed to direct the flow of electricity to and from batteries in a way that extends their lifetime by keeping the accused adequately and prevents them from becoming overloaded.

• Attach the same wiring cables with cable grommet to the ends of the cables so that they can attach to the battery bank of the battery. Each time a load controller is used, it is also advisable to install a dump load at the secondary output terminals load controller. Dump charges are commonly used in renewable energy applications as a heat sink that dissipates the extra electricity that is diverted from the bank of the battery by the charge regulator.

The batteries that are used in marine applications are different from the average car battery with which you may be more familiar. While automotive batteries are made to give short bursts of power while obtaining a constant charging, marine batteries, or deep discharge batteries, are designed to provide long stretches of constant power without being recharged. They will often go through a full discharge before they are imputed at full capacity. For best performance and long life of your marine batteries, follow some best practices to charge them properly.

• Connect your battery and adjust the charger according to the instructions of your charger. A "smart" charger should be used to charge at the proper rate and avoid overcharging of the battery, which is detrimental to it and common when using standard battery chargers. An intelligent charger automatically switches to a lower current than the voltage of the rising battery.

A marine battery works much like a car battery and, depending on the size of the craft, can easily be charged by a car. One must be careful: make sure the marine battery is 12 volts, which is the size of a car’s battery. A car can not safely charge a larger battery, such as a 16 volt. A large battery would drain. However, a car can easily charge a smaller battery, such as an 8 volt.