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I purchased (but haven't yet received) a 200aH Victron Lithium battery from AmSolar. This was after several back and forth email exchanges with the owner. I began by asking him if I would have any issues relying on the Sterling batt-to-batt charger offered by Sterling. He responded with puzzlement about why would I need the Sterling. He asserts that with their battery system it is unnecessary ...
the BMS 12|200 in our Victron lithium systems reformats incoming power and turns it into something that can safely be fed to the battery.* No additional systems are needed ...
Dammit! Here I was starting to learn and now I am back at ground zero.
I was thinking Lithium Ion, shunt to measure capacity, 12v to 12v charger and a battery isolator. According to the Victron rep I only need some thick gauge wire to run to the alternator direct? That would save some $ for sure. I am not confident he is addressing the smart charge format of our vans. From what I have read the alternator puts out very little until braking, when it spikes to a much bigger voltage. Without those numbers I am not sure I trust the battery rep's response entirely.
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