A Battery Discharge Solution when in storage

My new TAB battery was discharging within a couple of weeks when in storage.  I learned that there are (apparently) enough sensors and such running all the time to discharge the battery.  Mine went from 12.5 volts when first parked to 11 a week later and then disconnected.  

My two part solution has worked well for me now:
   1. Add a battery disconnect switch ($7 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IQRMFWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and disconnect each time you park.
    Apparently new TAB's already have a battery disconnect switch so this may be unnecessary for you.
 
   2. Add a $40-$60 5 watt trickle charger while parked.  (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006JO0TC/ref=sr_ph_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485546201&sr=sr-1&keywords=Sunforce+50022+5-Watt+Solar+Battery+Trickle+Charger)

I have photos but I don't know how to add them.  LOL   Best wishes.   -Deac
Deac Lancaster
Sunnyvale, CA

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  • DeacDeac Posts: 8Member
    edited January 2017
    Aha, here are the photos of the battery disconnect switch and solar trickle charger.
    By disconnecting the switch and connecting the trickle charger the battery maintained 12.5 volts for over a week.  

    Then I used the lights and such one day enough to bring it down to 12.3 volts.  The next day the trickle charger had it back up to 12.5 volts.

    I'm pleased that I don't have to remove the battery and put on a trickle charger in my home.

    -Deac
          
    Deac Lancaster
    Sunnyvale, CA
  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    @Deac Are you planning to be at the NorCal rally by any chance? I'd like to do something like this but I can quite picture how you have it all connected.
    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • RollingLagrimaRollingLagrima Posts: 433Member
    I have a similar setup. It is a 5w Coleman brand solar trickle charger. It came with the zamp connector so it is truly plug-and-play to the exterior zamp port on the tub (no need for clamps
    on the battery itself).  I have used mine for over 3 years on both my silver shadow and [email protected] I have sun 363 days of the year which helps. I don't have a battery cut-off switch. I just remove the inline battery fuse after each trip (presuming battery has charged to full in transit back home to storage), connect solar panel to tub and leave it.  Every time I go to check or head out, battery is at 12.5-12.8.  Pure magic. 
    Sally, "[email protected]" 2016 [email protected] Sofitel Maxx-S (plata=silver; SP), previously Little Guy 2014 Silver Shadow LE, TV -- 2013 Chevy Avalanche + two hounds.
  • RollingLagrimaRollingLagrima Posts: 433Member
    Upon closer inspection of the photos, it seems Deac's sunforce solar panel is also connecting straight into the zamp port. And, as I rummage through the fog of my memory, I seem to recall that my Coleman panel was double badged as Sunforce (like Deac's). I got mine at Home Depot's online only store at about $45 now 3 years ago.
    Sally, "[email protected]" 2016 [email protected] Sofitel Maxx-S (plata=silver; SP), previously Little Guy 2014 Silver Shadow LE, TV -- 2013 Chevy Avalanche + two hounds.
  • rkj__rkj__ Posts: 435Member
    I have a similar setup. It is a 5w Coleman brand solar trickle charger. It came with the zamp connector so it is truly plug-and-play to the exterior zamp port on the tub (no need for clamps
    on the battery itself).  I have used mine for over 3 years on both my silver shadow and [email protected] I have sun 363 days of the year which helps. I don't have a battery cut-off switch. I just remove the inline battery fuse after each trip (presuming battery has charged to full in transit back home to storage), connect solar panel to tub and leave it.  Every time I go to check or head out, battery is at 12.5-12.8.  Pure magic. 
    Thanks, it's good to know that Coleman can plug directly into the Zamp port.  I was not sure if the polarity was the same.
    2016 [email protected] 320 CS-S - 2008 GMC Canyon - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    rkj__ said:
    I have a similar setup. It is a 5w Coleman brand solar trickle charger. It came with the zamp connector so it is truly plug-and-play to the exterior zamp port on the tub (no need for clamps
    on the battery itself).  I have used mine for over 3 years on both my silver shadow and [email protected] I have sun 363 days of the year which helps. I don't have a battery cut-off switch. I just remove the inline battery fuse after each trip (presuming battery has charged to full in transit back home to storage), connect solar panel to tub and leave it.  Every time I go to check or head out, battery is at 12.5-12.8.  Pure magic. 
    Thanks, it's good to know that Coleman can plug directly into the Zamp port.  I was not sure if the polarity was the same.
    Yes, this is my question, too. Is the polarity on the Sunforce the same as Zamp or is an adapter required?
    I'm looking at the 10W version.
    http://sunforceproducts.com/products/approvisionneur-solaire-de-batterie-10-w-12-v/

    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • RollingLagrimaRollingLagrima Posts: 433Member
    edited August 2017
    Yes, same polarity on my the 5W. Not sure if all their line has the same polarity though...
    Sally, "[email protected]" 2016 [email protected] Sofitel Maxx-S (plata=silver; SP), previously Little Guy 2014 Silver Shadow LE, TV -- 2013 Chevy Avalanche + two hounds.
  • rkj__rkj__ Posts: 435Member
    edited August 2017
    Yes, same polarity on my the 5W. Not sure if all their line has the same polarity though...
    I just tried my 40W Coleman (re-branded Sunforce) solar panel and charge controller, plugged into the Zamp only port.  It worked perfectly.  This makes me happy, as it is very convenient.  
    2016 [email protected] 320 CS-S - 2008 GMC Canyon - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
  • MarcelineMarceline Posts: 252Member
    Marceline said:
    rkj__ said:
    I have a similar setup. It is a 5w Coleman brand solar trickle charger. It came with the zamp connector so it is truly plug-and-play to the exterior zamp port on the tub (no need for clamps
    on the battery itself).  I have used mine for over 3 years on both my silver shadow and [email protected] I have sun 363 days of the year which helps. I don't have a battery cut-off switch. I just remove the inline battery fuse after each trip (presuming battery has charged to full in transit back home to storage), connect solar panel to tub and leave it.  Every time I go to check or head out, battery is at 12.5-12.8.  Pure magic. 
    Thanks, it's good to know that Coleman can plug directly into the Zamp port.  I was not sure if the polarity was the same.
    Yes, this is my question, too. Is the polarity on the Sunforce the same as Zamp or is an adapter required?
    I'm looking at the 10W version.
    http://sunforceproducts.com/products/approvisionneur-solaire-de-batterie-10-w-12-v/

    Follow up: I bought the 10W Coleman panel and it seems to be keeping a good charge on the battery. I simply plugged it into the Zamp port on the propane cover. I haven't moved the trailer since October and the battery seems to be fully charged. I did pull the fuse, though, so I still don't know if this panel is enough to overcome parasitic drain. 


    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
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