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Joehaugh

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Hello,
Seem to have a problem with my leisure charging system. When I plug it in to mains it will sit at around 14 Odd volts quite happily then will suddenly climb up to 15.1v and the centre console display will start flashing. I’ve seen this issue happening to people on this forum before. It’s got Gell batteries and the centre console has the correct settings. When I got access to the charger I found that the original charger has already been replaced by a FaRon unit, this was most unexpected as I was expecting to find the original charger sitting there! Anybody out there had this issue with FaRon chargers? I’m in the process of contacting them to see if they can offer any help but thought it might be worth giving a shout on here too.
Thanks
Joe

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mrcheesbrough

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How many of those batteries do you have fitted?


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mrcheesbrough

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Two battery’s fitted.
Identical I take it? They’re quite low capacity for the job - VW fitted x2 80Ah or 85Ah. Not sure this would effect the charging though. You say the Central Control unit switches are set correctly - again for two batteries? What age of Westy do you have?


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J

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Identical I take it? They’re quite low capacity for the job - VW fitted x2 80Ah or 85Ah. Not sure this would effect the charging though. You say the Central Control unit switches are set correctly - again for two batteries? What age of Westy do you have?


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Yes two identical. I did think the Ah was a bit low but wouldn’t imagine that would effect the charger???!
It’s a 94 Westie
 
mrcheesbrough

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Yes two identical. I did think the Ah was a bit low but wouldn’t imagine that would effect the charger???!
It’s a 94 Westie
Do you know which charger is fitted? There are two, one claims to be Westfalia specific.


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WelshGas

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It’s a BLG20M12V
The Charger for the Westfalia conversions is BLG20M12V_S. The Product Code is different the _S denotes the Westfalia charger.

Could be the cause, an interaction between your charger and the Control Panel.
 
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Joehaugh

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ok That’s interesting. If it’s just the readout in the control panel I can live with. I’ll see what my volt meter reads if I can get it to “over charge” again.
It’s sat all day with the fridge off at 13.6v. Just turned on the fridge, see what effect that has.
 
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ok That’s interesting. If it’s just the readout in the control panel I can live with. I’ll see what my volt meter reads if I can get it to “over charge” again.
It’s sat all day with the fridge off at 13.6v. Just turned on the fridge, see what effect that has.
Thanks for your feed back today everybody
 
ArcticMatt

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The Charger for the Westfalia conversions is BLG20M12V_S. The Product Code is different the _S denotes the Westfalia charger.

Could be the cause, an interaction between your charger and the Control Panel.
The case might be the same for both. Mine doesnt have the "_S" on the case but it is the westfalia compatible version. Does yours have the little blue wire on the other side of the charger connected to a 6-pin plug (to the control unit)?

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ArcticMatt

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Hello,
Seem to have a problem with my leisure charging system. When I plug it in to mains it will sit at around 14 Odd volts quite happily then will suddenly climb up to 15.1v and the centre console display will start flashing. I’ve seen this issue happening to people on this forum before. It’s got Gell batteries and the centre console has the correct settings. When I got access to the charger I found that the original charger has already been replaced by a FaRon unit, this was most unexpected as I was expecting to find the original charger sitting there! Anybody out there had this issue with FaRon chargers? I’m in the process of contacting them to see if they can offer any help but thought it might be worth giving a shout on here too.
Thanks
Joe

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Is that top switch just hidden by the fuse holder set to "Battery Charger" and not supply
 
J

Joehaugh

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The case might be the same for both. Mine doesnt have the "_S" on the case but it is the westfalia compatible version. Does yours have the little blue wire on the other side of the charger connected to a 6-pin plug (to the control unit)?

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Hi, yes it does have the blue wire going in to the multi plug.
Regards
Joe
 
ArcticMatt

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Seems legit. Hopefully it's not the westy controller that's the issue. Your voltmeter readings were ok you said? Does it happen every time the charger is on?

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J

Joehaugh

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Seems legit. Hopefully it's not the westy controller that's the issue. Your voltmeter readings were ok you said? Does it happen every time the charger is on?

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Yes the Westie controller and my volt meter give the same reading. I does not happen every time, some times it’s fine for a day
 
ArcticMatt

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Yes the Westie controller and my volt meter give the same reading. I does not happen every time, some times it’s fine for a day
Maybe email FraRon and see if they can help perhaps?

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ArcticMatt

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Seems like a similar issue here

 

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