Progressive Dynamics 30A

Progressive Dynamics Battery Chargers

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Applicable Models: PD9130LV, PD9145ALV, PD9160ALV

 

Progressive Dynamics makes exceptionally well built and dependable chargers. It is for that reason that we wanted to share with you how to set up a Progressive Dynamics charger with Battle Born Batteries!

 

If anything is unclear or if you have additional questions, please give us a call at (855) 292-2831. We are happy to help!

17 Comments
  • Bob Garbe | Dec 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Are these things supposed to turn off after getting to 14.6 volts and under an amp? Just put one in and it’s just holding at 14.6ish.

    • Will Olney | Dec 28, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hello Bob,
      Thank you for your question. the battery will not shut off at 14.6v but if the battery is full it will no longer accept a charge. please give us a call if you have any questions

  • Rick Stockton | May 3, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Bob Garbe: I just had a phone call with a PD “customer support” person and an engineer, whom he consulted for the phone call. We came to a possibly unusual conclusion: If you are willing to do a lot of intervention by hand, using the Charge wizard remote control, you can be a bit more “nice” to the battery by running a PD Charger/Converter as a charger for AGM (rather than LiFePo4). “Bulk” Charging will be more slow, at 14.4V rather than 14.6V, but that might improve the lifespan of your LFP battery(s) a little bit.

    The other mode which you might desire to use quite extensively is “Normal Mode” 13.6V, which actual creates a very slow “trickle” charge” into the LFP batteries. A high quality, high capacity current monitor can be inserted along the Battery Charge Wire (from Load Center “+12V” to Battery “+” to monitor your SOC: In “Boost Mode”, if significant current is present, Boost Mode” is the right choice. But, if current is extremely low, then “Normal Mode” is more suitable.

    In Winter, or other long-term-storage, I would not ([personally) use the PD Charger to “maintain” the LFP battery at constant 14.6V. I would disconnect the battery from the RV load center, and use a lower-current “Smart Lithium Charger” to maintain the battery in the house. This provides better charging, and better storage temperatures. LFP batteries are much lighter than SLA, and pretty easy to move around.

  • Dave Duncan | May 7, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I have the Progressive Dynamics PD9245C converter already installed in my RV with the existing AGM battery. The charger compatibility table shows that it is compatible with Battleborns. Eventually, I will get the AIMS 2500 (green) charger converter to go with my Battleborns, but in the meantime, what should I expect when hooking up the PD9245C to the Battleborns? It says it outputs 13.6v, but when I’m running the generator (or connected to shore power) the battery meter shows it charging at 14.4v through the PD9245C. What state of charge should I expect to reach with that charger?

    • Dianne F | May 10, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Dave,

      The remote pendant charge wizard should be used with the PD9245c in order to put it into the higher 14.4 volt boost mode. This will ensure that the batteries get a full and complete charge for our batteries. Just make sure that you press the boost button when you are connected to shore/generator power otherwise you will rarely see it get into this higher voltage mode.

      Thanks,

  • Rick Reynolds | Jul 29, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I have the PD 9260C with the remote pendant charge wizard. I put it into boost mode but I am unsure it stays in this mode. Do you know if it does or do I have to keep pressing it occasionally to get boost?

    • Dianne F | Jul 30, 2019 at 9:49 am

      Hello Rick,

      According to Progressive Dynamics when you press the button it will go into the higher 14.4 voltage for 4 hours and then revert to the normal charging stage or float. I believe that when the batteries are full before the 4 hours it will revert to the float stage as well.

      Thank you,

  • Michael M | Dec 17, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I have a PD4655LIV Converter with the jumper set for Lithium, along with two BB10012 batteries. I’ve heard that the PD Converter is a single stage charger and delivers a constant 14.4 volts…I don’t believe it goes into a float stage. Will the lack of a float stage damage the batteries? Is there a different setting for the PD Converter that I should be using?

    • Battle Born | Dec 19, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Hi Michael,

      You are correct, the PD4655liv when setup for lithium has a setpoint voltage of 14.4 and that’s it. After our batteries are charged then the amperage is backed down to nearly nothing but the voltage stays at the 14.4 volts and this is essentially a float stage. This voltage will not harm the battery and is fine to leave plugged in for up to 3 weeks at a time when not cycling power in and out of the battery. If you are using power out of the batteries then you can leave this converter plugged in without any issues at all.

      Thanks!
      Jesse

  • R McLaughlin | Dec 27, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Does PD make a charger that would work for a 48v system?

    • Jesse Asay | Jan 1, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Hi R McLaughlin,

      I can find a 48 volt charger on their website and I have not come across one that they have made. You may want to give them a call to inquire.

      Thank you,

  • jim2 | Jan 25, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I have been considering buying one of these units, but I am concerned about the high float voltage. I can be plugged into shore power for months at a time when I park in a seasonal campground. I like having an AC charger on board in case solar doesn’t meet the demand, but I don’t want to hose my expensive Battle Born batteries in situations where I am connected to AC for extended periods. I have been thinking about installing a DC to DC charger such as the Sterling BB241235 on the DC output that would let me program a safe charging profile, but that significantly increases the cost and complexity of the installation. Victron sells the Smart Blue Power Chargers (IP67) that looks nice. It is bluetooth and programmable, but the max output they offer is 25A. It will take forever to charge a large battery bank at 25A. Would appreciate your thoughts.

    Jim

    • Jesse Asay | Feb 4, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      Hello Jim2,

      Lithium versions of progressive dynamics converters run at a constant voltage set point of 14.6 volts and some customers are worried that this is too high and could cause damage to their Battle Born batteries. When power is being cycled regularly from the batteries, this voltage is acceptable for our BMS and wont cause any harm while being plugged in for long periods of time. If you are in a storage scenario and are not cycling power from the batteries, we recommend unplugging the converter after 3 or 4 weeks at this voltage.

      Thank you,

  • Thomas C | Feb 5, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    In the above video you are using a 60A charger, yet you recommend a 45A. Will a 60A significantly decrease the battery life? Will the 60A give a significantly shorter charging time?

    • Jesse Asay | Feb 11, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Hi Thomas,

      We usually recommend a .5c charge rate meaning half of your total battery bank AH capacity, this means about 50 amps per 100AH battery. Many customers use a bit higher such as the 60 amp charger without any issues and this will not damage your Battle Born batteries. The higher the charge rate the more impact it will have on the overall longevity of your battery but at 60 amps instead of 45, we have not noticed a large or significant difference.
      A 45 amp lithium charger should take about 2.5 hours to charge a 100ah battle born battery from empty to full and a 60 amp will take about 1.75 hours.

      Thank you,

  • Steve McCoy | Feb 6, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Why does my voltage on 2 parallel connected BB, show 14.3 while attached to power source and 13.4 when not attached to power source.
    Thank you

    • Jesse Asay | Feb 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Hi Steve,

      When charging you will see a higher voltage then at rest. The Progressive dynamics unit is meant to climb up to this higher voltage and keep it there until it is unplugged.
      When unplugged, a resting voltage of 13.4-13.6 indicates that you have a full battery.

      Thanks,

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