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Guest Battery Chargers
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posted 02-16-2008 09:02 PM ET (US)
Are Guest Battery Chargers good or bad? West Marine has 15 reviews on them with 14 being negative. Poor durability was the major complaint. Any feedback is welcome.
posted 02-16-2008 10:43 PM ET (US)
Have a Guest 2620A installed on the Ventura .... terrific charger.
posted 02-16-2008 11:15 PM ET (US)
We have a Guest 2611A with the two 5 amp outputs paralleled for 10 amps (per the owners manual) to our single Group 24 battery that sits on the keel. No problems with it.
posted 02-16-2008 11:26 PM ET (US)
What is the purpose/advantage of these chargers?
I have a portable charger I plug in with an extension cord and then clip it onto the battery terminals. It runs until the battery is charged. I usually do not need it over the summer, but I put it on a few times over the winter.
How are these type different?
posted 02-17-2008 10:09 AM ET (US)
I have two Optimas installed. What charger do you recommend for permanent installation to charge and maintain these batteries? TIA.
posted 02-17-2008 11:03 AM ET (US)
The purpose of having a permanently mounted battery charger is to be able to conveniently charge the boat's batteries without having to open the console, remove the battery box cover, connect the charger I've had to carry to the boat, place a rag on the deck on which to place the charger, then to reverse the process when the batteries are fully charged. After which, for those of us who are anally challenged, the charger terminal wires must be properly wound and secured and the charger placed in the proper place in the work/storage shed.
With a mounted charger I can simply connect a power cord to the receptacle installed on the console. If I choose I can leave the cord connected to "maintain" the charge on the batteries between trips. My choice would probably be to connect the charger a couple of days before planned outings. In that case I would only have to deal with the power cord and the boat cover.
posted 02-18-2008 07:20 AM ET (US)
According to the owners manual the Guest charger is recommended for use on Lead Acid, Gel & AGM batteries. I also purchased an Optima battery but I charged it with a regular charger and screwed it up. Luckily Costco replaced the battery for me at no cost.
I purchased the Guest charger at the Mia Boat Show and already installed it. I even have the console plug which makes it a cinch to just plug in and forget about it.
What worried me was the reviews the Guest rcvd in the West Marine catalog. As I mentioned out of 15 comments 14 were negative. Anyway I purchased the extended warranty just in case and hope for the best, so far so good.
posted 02-18-2008 09:11 AM ET (US)
Good luck. If I hear from Tom (or not) I'll probably join you in the reliability experiment.
posted 02-18-2008 10:15 AM ET (US)
I would go with the Guest 2620a. Gives you the best options.
As mentioned above you install a remote plug to make it easier to use. Here's my complete installation.
posted 02-18-2008 07:14 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the recommendation. Looks like a pretty straight forward installation.
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