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Old 02-11-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Battery charging question (another one)

If I start to charge my RV battery (after one full day and night of dry camping) and use the Black & Decker VEC1093DBD 40 amp charger hooked up to a Honda EU200i generator, can I go about using other camper appliances while in the charge mode? Will the battery still charge if I use the water pump, furnace fan, lights, etc, etc.? Or should I refrain from using other "appliances" until the generator has done its thing? I am assuming that I should not hook up the shore power cord to the other outlet on the Honda while its charging the battery. Done a lot of on-the-grid RVing but until now we have not boon docked so its a new experience.
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The directions that came with my stand alone charger (a Xantrex 40 amp charger) say that it's best if there are no loads on the battery when charging. So I disconnect the battery by removing the fuse before I attach and operate the charger. I plug the shore power cord into the other generator outlet so I have electricity in the TT. With no loads on the battery, it will charge faster, too.

My power converter is a Progressive Dynamics. I called and spoke to one of their service techs, who told me it was safe to have power going to the converter with the battery disconnected. Everything has worked fine the many times I done it that way.

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