YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. My battery bank has been operating as I would have expected it to for more than 12 hours now!!!!!!!!!!
Late yesterday afternoon, after some helpful comments by reader Dave, I took the wiring apart again, recleaned with baking soda, applied new gel, and tightened everything. While doing this, I noticed that the connection between the two batteries wasn’t as tight as it could be. That alone could have explained my problems!
Voltage last night never dipped below 12.3, no matter what I was doing, and rested at 12.5 when I had nothing but the fridge and a light on. I had a light on all evening and it would flicker when the water pumped kicked on, but voltage readings remained constant. Just for kicks, I turned on the inverter and vacuumed the hall carpet. No problem. The monitor was correctly registering my usage. When I got up this morning, I was reading 12.5V and no outgoing amps since I was already charging. Perfect!
The computer continues to be an issue and I remain convinced that the problem is not my system. I’m in the truck right now with the engine running waiting for full sun to hit my panels. When that happened yesterday, I was able to get a FULL charge out of my computer while running the whole house inverter and doing other things. My DC charger will be here tomorrow and life should be able to return to normal for me.
Being up early again this morning and not wanting to start the truck that soon, I took my coffee and went for a long walk on the beach. Then, had a pleasant chat with my neighbours who, in part, wanted to let me know they were moving 30 feet down the beach and it had nothing to do with me. How nice of them. They commented on how people down here are so much friendlier than folks staying in RV parks in southern BC, something I wholeheartedly agree with.
I want to stay in today and get started on some painting. It’ll be nice to not go anywhere and, at some point, go play in the surf.
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