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AlCherry

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I went out to do my monthly run of my genset and power up the 5er. Batteries are flat. Ran some simple tests on power. I have 120 in the converter, but only about 2 -3 volts out.

I'm running a Power Max PM 3-75. It is about 3 years old, out of warranty.

Researching Power Max, they seem like a good company out of Florida. I know opinions on power converters are probably like opinions on oil and tires, but is there a better company than Power Max or just go with them?

Thanks ahead for your replies.

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A lower output converter would work as long as it was capable of supplying all of your 12V loads with some left to charge the batteries. But higher is generally better as RV builders are not well known for putting in things which are more than needed.

 

I am wondering if you have looked at your batteries yet? If you had a bad battery it could account for the problems you have. Did you measure the voltage out of the converter with 120V supply and no load attached to the output? Do your batteries have the proper electrolyte levels? A battery that has a shorted cell will take out the 12V power system and most converters do have some type of internal protection for such problems. If they didn't have it then a shorted battery would also destroy the converter due to excessive current load.

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Kirk, I checked the batteries, got them up to full charge and they are holding. The converter just decided to die. It happens. I communicated with power max in florida. He ran me through some simple tests. Yup, DOA. I bought a new one. Case closed.

We had a heavy thunderstorm roll through last week and had a very close lightning strike that flashed the lights, and I'm wondering if that blew it out.

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I've learned that when it comes to electronics whatever, check the power (batteries) first. An old story: I was in Dallas some years ago, racing, and my bike started swapping cylinders and running bad after two shifts. I changed the ignition, plugs, wires, coil, ran the wiring harness, nada, nothing helped. Turned out it was the battery. It had voltage, but no amps. It wouldn't run the computers and the electric/air shifter at the same time. Lesson learned.

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