Our Off Grid RV Battery Charger Solution - Schumacher Battery Charger Unboxing

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After being on our new homestead for a couple months it was becoming obvious that the built in trickle charger installed in our RV wasn't keeping up with our battery consumption. Even when running our Honda EU3000i Handi generator for hours each day it simply wasn't getting the battery charged. A little research turned up that the trickle was only 1 amp. Since we rely on our deep cycle battery for nearly everything in the RV and a dead battery is a major problem we needed more juice. Solar charging and a larger battery bank are in our future, but one thing at a time.

After hours of research and talking with a few battery charger gurus we decided on this 15 amp Schumacher Ship 'N' Shore Rapid Battery Charger as a great value, well suited to our needs and a good fit for charging our RV deep cycle battery. It features an algorithm computer control that determines the proper charing phase based on capacity, battery type and state of charge. So when the voltage is low it knows to give it full power, know as bulk charging, but when the voltage nears maximum, it slows down to absorb to get the maximum storage from the battery and then once fully charge it keeps it there via a float stage. This is very similar to the top solar charge controllers, but at a fraction of the cost.

Total cost from the charger was around $50 from Amazon and it's a very straightforward design. We're really benefiting from it as our daily incidental generator usage is now more than enough to keep our battery at or near full charge in stead of at or near full discharge as was the case previously. 15 amps is more than enough to top of our battery in just an hour or two and with a algorithm control we don't need to worry about overcharging.

This is an interim solution for us until we are able to invest in a solar setup and proper battery bank. Opting for a $50 solution was more appropriate than trying to finagle a more costly expandable solar solution when we don't have all the details on our solar system yet.

If you're needing a charger to keep your RV, boat, car or truck charged this one is affordable, simple to operate and provides good charging results. Some reviews complained about the short cord, but we just used an extension cord. Not a big problem. Others said the computer can get a little confused and if you're getting odd charging, just unplug and plug back in. We've done that a couple times just to be sure, but overall we haven't had any of those issues.

Hopefully this review of the Schumacher Ship N Shore 15 amp Rapid charger has been helpful!

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