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Dual Ctek D250 chargers – Asked and Answered

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There was quite a lot of discussion recently on what the result would be of running 2 Ctek D250 chargers , as many people felt that one didn’t put enough charge into your batteries (they have a 20 A maximum) , and this input was further reduced if you had accessories like fridges running . In my case my charge would drop as low as 12 A if the fridges where running in turbo mode

So with a bit of help (and a loan unit) from Jacque at Bushpower if thought I would give it a try .

 

 

DISCLAIMER : Nothing here is based on any scientific fact , it is all my own work , and you might not get the same results with your setup .

I also did try a Ctek Smartpass first , but the alternator would only out put about 45 A for a short period (5 min) and then settle down to about 23 A . This though at least gave me the peace of mind to try the 2 charger set up , as the alternator obviously had enough capacity to do 40 A

First off I have 3 Optima Yellow Tops (225 AH in total), results might differ with other types of batteries . They are also very close to the chargers , with very short cables

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I ran a 16 mm cable from the alternator that feeds the 2 chargers

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I took a 150 A out of the batteries (67%  discharge)  and then tested the input into the batteries using the Link 10 battery monitor that is installed on the auxiliary battery bank

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The draw on the alternator was measured using a cable clamp meter

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As you can see there wasn’t much loss over the cable , and the alternator didn’t have an excessive draw , as was speculated previously

I put 75 A back into the batteries (33 % discharge)  , and the chargers where at that point still adding about 25 A in. (Sorry didn’t think to take a pic) – so not too much of a drop off .

I then charged the batteries until they only had another 20 A to go to full (10 % discharge) and the chargers where still charging at 8 A

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With the following draw on the alternator

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I then switched both fridges on , on turbo mode , they drew 8.5 A

As can be seen below , the charge into the batteries remained the same

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With a resultant increase in draw off the alternator

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This might not be the cheapest setup , but IMHO I’m going to stick with it , as I will easily be able to maintain my batteries with just a few hours driving each day . YMMV

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2 thoughts on “Dual Ctek D250 chargers – Asked and Answered

  1. Big Big thanks for testing this.
    I was starting to think my ctek dual was not giving me full 20A charge power.
    I might cancell my clamp meter order now 😉

  2. Big thanks for this review!
    Glad to see the ctek dual is putting out 20A charge power.
    I still need to confirm mine with a DC clamp meter, witch should be here next week.

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