No more guessing!
One of our biggest challenges this season, as we have been spending more and more time away from the dock, is energy management, and I’m not talking about conserving my energy for all of the workouts that Rebecca makes me do. I’m talking about the electricity available from our battery bank. The battery monitor that our boat came with is the Link 1000. It works fine as the controller for the inverter I suppose, but it is definitely inadequate for a battery monitor.
As you can see in the pic above, the Link 1000 shows the batteries voltage in 0.5V increments. Given that we only have a couple of volts to play with, that isn’t super helpful. It also does not show anything to do with charging current or power being expended. And without this type of info, we were always forced to be cautious and return to the marina to recharge, quite likely before it was required.
Enter the LinkLite, what we hope will be a much more helpful battery monitor.
Assured by my friend Jeff that installing this unit would be easy, I took the plunge and bought it. My initial plan was to wait until we got to the US and install it while on route but the ease of having Pride Marine right around the corner from us swayed me to do the installation now rather than waiting. So, just to clarify, even though I was assured this job would be easy, I have to say that any job that requires me to wrestle with 2/0 wires (those are BIG-ASS WIRES) in small cabinets is not what I consider easy. Now with that off my chest, the job was completed in 3 hours and with only 1 HUGE electrical shock (@#$%^%@ that hurt).
Note: when you keep turning the power on and off to test things, it’s easy to forget whether it’s on or off. 🙁
Rebecca’s turn to take pics while I work.
A wicked lightning storm did blow up here while we were installing the LinkLITE but this mess was caused by me and not it.
Done (but not yet programmed)!