Battery Monitors, Part 1—Which Type Is Right For You?

A couple of years ago, our much-loved Link 2000R battery monitor system bit the big one after some 20 years of faithful service, thereby pushing me into selecting a new monitor. In the next three chapters I'm going to share:
  • What I learned while investigating the many battery monitor options available.
  • Which we selected.
  • How that choice has worked out over the last couple of seasons.
  • A bunch of tips to make battery monitoring more effective.

Why Bother?

But, first off, why do we even need a battery monitor? Well, if you own a boat that spends most of its life plugged into a marina with only short day trips in-between, you probably don't, but pretty much every other boat owner will have endless problems and frustrations with their DC electrical system if they can't and/or don't monitor it. Given that, let's dive into which monitor we should buy:

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 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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