REDARC: BCDC in-vehicle battery charger

REDARC encourages the trucking industry to charge auxiliary batteries with its BCDC in-vehicle battery charger range.

There are some crucial points that require closer attention when setting up the ideal dual battery system according to REDARC. The battery can be looked at as the heart of a dual battery system, it stores and provides the essential power to operate all the auxiliary powered devices.

The battery specifications are the first thing many people overlook. These specifications define many things when choosing the correct product to charge and maintain your auxiliary battery.

The list below shows the most relevant specifications when selecting a dual battery charger for a specific battery.

  • Battery type for example: AGM, Lead-Acid, Lithium (LiFeP04) etc.
  • Maximum Charge Voltage.
  • Maximum Charge Current.

For example, say you have a 100Ah Lithium battery with a maximum charge voltage of 14.6V and a maximum charge current of 50A. This means the charger of choice must not exceed the manufacturers specifications and must meet these requirements to ensure the battery is charged and maintained to 100 per cent state of charge (SOC). The charge profile must suit a charge voltage of 14.6V and not exceed 50A charge current, for batteries that list a nominal charge current specification, not exceeding this will ensure optimum battery life.

The importance of matching charge profiles
This refers to a battery’s charging requirements. Each battery chemistry reacts differently when being charged and generally are required to be charged in a specific way. The charge profile consists of a maximum charge voltage and will provide the battery current in the correct way to ensure the battery recharges a full state of charge (SOC). Charging the battery in these ideal conditions will not only maintain the battery but extend the life cycle of the battery.

So, what will happen if I pick the wrong charger or choose the wrong charge profile for the battery application? At best it will drastically reduce the batteries health and life and at worst can result in premature battery failure.
When it comes to choosing the right charger for any 12/24V application REDARC has a suite of chargers to suit.

The premium REDARC dual battery solution is their battery management system, the Manager30.

Alternatively, their In-vehicle DC-DC chargers are also a perfect option as they are suitable for 12V and 24V applications (BCDC1225D, BCDC1240D and BCDC1250D) and the BCDC2420 and LFP (24V, 20A) range for 24V applications. These DC chargers feature an MPPT Solar Regulator, which means solar panels can be used to charge your auxiliary batteries.

A new trailer battery charger that is always charged and ready for work
REDARCs BCDC In-Vehicle Battery Charger range serves the trucking industry as the ultimate solution for charging auxiliary batteries. This family of products continues to grow to meet the demands of a wider range of battery charging applications.

Introducing the new BCDC1212T is REDARC’s Light Duty DC battery charger. It is ideal for trailers – such as dump trailers, boat trailers, car trailers, liftgate trucks and camper vans – with electrical equipment and accessories (for example, hydraulic pumps, winches and fridges), where solar charging is not required.

This 12V, 12A input-limited charger works in 12- and 24-volt vehicles. The BCDC1212T charges standard lead acid, calcium content, Gel, AGM and LiFePO4 batteries.