Added a 70amp battery charger for the AGM house bank.
Update: Since I converted to LiFePo4, I had to replace the Skyla 70 Amp charger with an Kisae Abso 60 amp charger that was compatible with the Lithionics Li3 320ah LFP battery I installed.
Last updated: 9/3/2023
It only took us 3 months to murder our house battery bank on our brand new boat! I didn't want to just replace them. I would have just murdered them again. I had to do something different.
My lessons learned are:
Install a battery monitor. This would have let me know the actual state of my batteries and would have kept me from murdering them.
Upgrade solar. This would have replenished the batteries during the day with sunshine and further prevented murder.
My requirements for the battery upgrade were as follows:
Remove all unnecessary cables from the + and - battery posts.
Make future battery replacements easy.
Relocate the house battery bank from the port lazarette to centerline (balance the boat).
Configure the house battery bank for equal charge/discharge out of all batteries.
If you increase battery capacity, you must also increase the size of your battery charger. ABYC standards recommend a minimum 10% charge rate. I went with Oasis Firefly G31 (AGM) batteries. They are as close to lithium as one can get, without actually going lithium.
Firefly batteries can be safely discharged down to 20% state of charge and they can do that about 1,100 cycles. They can actually go to 0%, and can do that about 600 cycles and recover each time. They do require a minimum charge rate of 20% (charge rate of 25 amps per G31 battery). So I had to add a second battery charger (70 amps) to compliment the 20 amp battery charger that came with the boat. There wasn't enough space available to simply upgrade the existing charger. I run both battery chargers for 90 amps total of battery charging.
This was by far the most complex, most expensive, and time consuming project I've done to the boat. It is all electrical work, 120volt AC wiring and 12volt DC wiring.
The pair of OEM Factory 110amp-hour AGM batteries provide 220Ah total, with 99 amp-hours usable. The three Firefly G31 batteries provide 348amp-hours total, with 225amp-hours usable.
I purchased the following components
(1) Victron CerboGX
All the miscellaneous wire, lugs, heat shrink tubing, bus bars, screws, battery boxes, tie down straps, fuses, etc...
The total was about $4,400.
Labor was about 3 days total.
June 12, 2021
Last update: 9/3/2023