By Mike Sokol
My “Ask an Expert” live webcast on Lithium battery chargers with Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics last Tuesday evening on YouTube was a huge success. It started on YouTube Live at 8 p.m. Eastern, and by the time we ended shortly after 9 p.m., some 528 of you had watched it. As of the next day it had more than 1,200 views, which is pretty cool for a geeky topic like Lithium battery chargers. And a big thanks to the dozens of you who sent in live questions during the webcast for us to answer. That really helped the show go well.
On with the show!
Click on the picture or click HERE if you haven’t watched this webcast yet. And in case you missed them, below are links to our previous two articles (one from me and one from Dennis) we posted a few weeks ago:
Lithium battery charging Part I, Potential problems of upgrading to a Lithium battery (Dennis Wieske)
Lithium battery charging Part II, Lithium battery charging (Mike Sokol)
Why are Lithium battery chargers a big deal?
You may ask why this kind of information is important… Well, in addition to discussing what you need to check for with your existing charging system if you want to upgrade to a Lithium battery in your RV, we also discuss who SHOULD NOT bother with buying a Lithium battery for your RV.
That’s right, folks. If you’re plugged into shore power virtually all of the time and only use your RV house battery for running the slides in and out and possibly as a breakaway brake controller, then there’s little need to drop a thousand bucks on the latest battery technology when your existing FLA (Flooded Lead Acid) batteries should be just fine.
But for those of you who want to boondock and keep complaining that you can’t get through the night on battery power alone while running your RV furnace and CPAP machine, then Lithium batteries could be in your future.
Too much fun!
It was great doing this video interview with Dennis because he’s a virtual walking encyclopedia on battery charging systems and has had a ton of experience answering the Help Desk phone for Progressive Dynamics. And it’s in his and Progressive Dynamics’ best interest that you make the proper charger and battery selection, even if it doesn’t involve a Lithium battery upgrade.
To the future, and beyond!
So what’s next? Well, that’s up to you. Please take the survey below to let me know if you watched this YouTube webcast live or recorded, and if you plan to watch later. If you have any ideas for other products or technologies you would like me to cover in a similar live video webcast, let me know and I’ll round up an expert.
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Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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