Charging batteries ?

#1
My van setup has engine battery and twin leisure batteries in the back all connected & charged by the alternator when engine is running and by the solar panel when parked up . . . But there Doesn't seem to be method of recharging the batteries via 240v when on hook up,this is the Sterling B 2 B unit - should I open it up and add wires from the 240v hook up into the Sterling unit or carry a separate small 240v to 12v battery charger ?
 

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groyne

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#3
I don't think the Sterling is designed for 240v use, as you say, it's battery to battery, so connecting it to the mains doesn't seem like a good idea. My 240v system is very basic, just a fusebox and 2 sockets, one for the Truma Combi, and one to plug in a CTEX MSX25 battery charger for the batteries if I ever need to use hookup.

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#4
We used the Ctek MXS 25 which was hard wired to the leisure battery’s. In the two years we’ve had it we’ve only used it once!
 


#5
Lidl are doing a 5 stage charger for sort of £15,two will work back to back charging all batterys ie,van start and service batterys.
 
#6
If i
Lidl are doing a 5 stage charger for sort of £15,two will work back to back charging all batterys ie,van start and service batterys.
IF its like the last one I bought.... Its not auto start (ie you have to push a button after powering it up)

Might be worth checking IF that's important to you.
 
#7
If i

IF its like the last one I bought.... Its not auto start (ie you have to push a button after powering it up)

Might be worth checking IF that's important to you.
If you dont mind spending then numax chargers on the bay at £50 use a 5ah for engine and a 10 or 20ah for service batts.
 
#10
There are some ones from china on the bay which look like numax at much less dosh. bat charger.png
 
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