Charging Your Batteries
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Charging your batteries is important for many different reasons, after all we depend on electricity to live. When living in a bus, van, or camper its critical to keep your batteries charged.
There are many different ways to charge your batteries we chose to keep our batteries charged by using a DC to DC charger, 400watts of solar and a small inverter charger (aka a generator)
-DC TO DC CHARGER DIAGRAM-
DC to DC Charger:
A DC to DC charger takes the energy from your bus/van alternator and safely charges the batteries. Its super easy to install and is compatible with AGM, flooded, gel, acid and lithium batteries. We used the 40a Renogy dc to dc charger linked below.
We used the 100AH Battle Born Batteries. Our dc to dc charger charges them at a rate of 40A and uses smart protection features: Over-voltage safety, Overheat protection, and Reverse polarity protection. We recommend using lithium batteries for many reasons 1- They can handle cold weather much better than traditional agm batteries. 2-They do not need to be vented. Some batteries need to be vented so please make sure you vent your batteries if they are not lithium batteries. 3- Lithium batteries can be discharged much more than traditional lead and agm batteries.
BUILT-IN BMS: BMS stands for "Battery Management System" - the brain of our deep cycle lithium batteries. Our BMS protects your battery from most common causes of battery failure, such as temperature volatility or ground faults. The BMS regulates the amount of power taken out of the battery and acts as a shut-off system to protect the li-ion cells (and you) from unsafe operating conditions.