I have a 70A alternator feeding my domestic batteries (4 off, 110 Ah) and a separate 70A alternator for my starter battery
Aqualine, on their website now offers Smartbank as an optional extra and says that the Smartbank system is “a clever box of tricks that links the two alternators to increase their output and reduce your engine running time for charging.”
As I’ve been considering buying SmartBank Advanced for some time now I’m hoping that this is true..
However, I asked Merlin, the supplier of Smartbank, to confirm that it would be suitable for my set up and the response I had was:
“This (Smartbank) is probably going to be of small use as if you use the two alternators together may result in both alternators charging and giving equal output there for raising your charging power however more than likely they will fight with each other and this will either result in one doing all the work and the other will do nothing or worst case scenario they will constantly flip and reduce the charge rate.
In my opinion you have a good system using two alternators on separate banks and your best bet would be to opt for the Smartgauge to give you the ability to monitor, and if you want to increase your charging capabilities go for a high output low RPM alternator like the Balmar series.”
Who is right?
Edited by NB Alnwick, 14 September 2010 - 10:35 AM.
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