Posted by Todd Jones on June 24, 2003 at 18:19:02:
In Reply to: Re: Battery Chargers posted by Squall Line on June 23, 2003 at 19:52:57:
I originally purchased a Bass Pro XPS charger made by Pro Mariner. It was a three bank 30amp (10 per bank) and had a lot of nice features. It worked great when it worked. It lasted about a month and went completely dead. The unit was on sale for $199 and no other model with three 10 amp outputs can even touch that price. Bass Pro would gladly replace the unit but they were on backlog indefinitely. The unit really did a good job conditioning the batteries. It was a plug in and walk away unit.
I replaced it with the Dual Prop SE III. It's also a three bank 10 amp per bank charger. A little more expensive ($268 I think on sale) and not quite as many features but I needed one. I went to hook it up last weekend then realized it's not quite as simple as the Pro Mariner was. The Dual Pro has temperature sensors in the cable and the installation instructions tell you to contact Dual Pro before extending the cable or it can disable the unit because of the temperature sensors. Well, they haven't been open when I've tried to call so my unit isn't installed yet. How they figured 5' of cable would reach three batteries is beyond me. Atleast one cable should be much longer than the other two (ie. trolling motor batteries in front and cranking battery in back.) I think the charger will be a good one if I ever get it hooked up. They offer a one year money back and a three year conditional warranty which is better than most.
Hope it helps.
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