Members' Online Book: Battery Installation & Maintenance, Chapter 6 of 23

Smart Chargers Are Not That Smart

JHH5-12215As I wrote in the first chapter of this book on the care and feeding of batteries, and particularly AGM batteries, on voyaging liveaboard sailboats, charging them properly is complicated by the fact that some, perhaps most, battery chargers are, despite the claims made for them, not capable of charging any battery properly. Or at least not without a lot of user intervention.

To continue reading, please login (top right) or join us.

Please Share

Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.