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Trojan AGM Battery Replacement with Bright Way Group AGMs


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I wanted to share with you my recent battery replacement.  My Ollie is a 2015 Elite II which originally came with Trojan T-105 AGM batteries in support of my solar system which utilizes the Blue Sky solar package (SB2512iX-HV MPPT controller and  IPN-ProRemote).

I replaced my Trojan AGM batteries with Bright Way Group Bright Way Group EVGC6 - 6V 220AH Deep Cycle Golf Cart Battery which OTT are currently installing on the Elite II as the AGM option. As part of this process, I contacted Bright Way Group technician in order to obtain the battery specification sheet (attached).  I then provided it the Blue Sky Technician (Ryan Gurin, 760-208-2149). Ryan provided me with the settings needed to reprogram my Blue Sky MPPT Controller SB2512iX-HV via the IPN-ProRemote. Ryan is an excellent resource and was very helpful. I ended up talking to him multiple times. 

In a nutshell, here is what I did:

1.     Disconnected the solar panel via the cutoff switch (street side bed) and opened fuses on the bus bars (also street side bed).

2.     Removed the old Trojan Batteries (after taking pictures of the wiring configuration).

3.     Cleaned all battery wiring connections.

4.     Cleaned up the battery box and repainted the battery tray.

5.     Inserted the new AGM batteries and made all appropriate connections (maintained the original wiring configuration). 

6.     Closed the fuses on the bus bars.

7.     Reprogrammed the MPPT controller via the IPN-Remote using the new battery settings. (see attached sheet with adjusted settings)

8.     Reconnected the solar panel via the cutoff switch.

9.     Verified solar system was operating correctly and batteries were charging as appropriate.

Additional Notes:

1.     If changing to AGM from Wet Cells, you must ensure the equalization dip switch on the MPPT controller is off.  You do not want to equalize AGM batteries.  The dip switch will override the IPN-ProRemote settings.  

2.     Bright Way Group batteries have the same dimensions as the Trojan batteries so they fit in the tray (just as tight).

3.     Recommend you review the Blue Sky Learning Center video on how to program the IPN-ProRemote.

4.     IPN-Remote Programming instructions (attached) – please note I downloaded the menu sheet from the IPN-ProRemote manual and annotated the needed updates.  I found it easier to utilize this menu sheet in order to understand where I was in the programming process (most parameters do not change). As you review, please note you should “restore default settings” first from the set-up menu. I have highlighted in yellow the menu options that you will need to perform an action on.  The new settings are also highlighted in yellow next to the appropriate menu box. 

Hope this helps anyone considering replacing their AGM batteries.

1492893628_BlueSkyIPN-ProRemoteRe-programming.pdf BWG_Spec_Sheet_BW EVGC-220A-AM Final.pdf

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Walter & Rebecca| 2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II | Hull #104 | "SoGo" | Nissan Titan SL 5.6L w/ Tow Package

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WandR,

Thanks!  Excellent write up and very helpful.  We have Hull 178, acquired in Oct. 2016.  We have the Trogan AGM batteries and when they get replaced I will do as you did.  So far our solar system has kept them in fine shape.

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George and Gretchen


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12 hours ago, WandR said:

. Ryan is an excellent resource and was very helpful. I ended up talking to him multiple times. 

Agreed. For those of us with BlueSky equipment, Ryan is a wonderful resource. Very thorough, professional,  and patient.

Watching the videos in the learning center is a great start, giving you some background before you talk to Ryan.

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Why would you replace the Trojan batteries with Bright Way? The Trojans are US made, still available and by all accounts - better batteries. I was disappointed when Oliver switched battery suppliers. Yes, I know the Bright Way batteries are cheaper. 

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Good Question.  Three primary reasons.  

First, I noticed OTT moved to Bright Way over Trojan and assumed they had a good reason for this - I did not, however, ask them.

Second, I was able to purchase them from BatteryWholesale.com which is owned by Bright Way (Bright Way does not sale direct).  I wanted to ensure I had fresh batteries manufactured together (no age difference).  

Third, does have to do with the price.  I originally was thinking of moving to lithium batteries, however, this would not have been a plug and play solution for me.  I read all the forum comments and actually talked to a few Ollie owners who had converted. Given the age of my Ollie, it would have cost me approximately $2,500 to move to lithium batteries as I would likely have to change my charge controller, etc.   I  was able to receive a 10% discount from BatteryWholesale.com which covered my LTL shipping and paid no tax for a total of $994.  Additionally, not a good year for added expenses to as my son is graduating college and getting married.

In terms of the Trojan batteries.  I started there but could not get the price and shipping where I needed it to be.  My sense is if I got over half the cost of moving to lithium I would have bitten the bullet and gone with Battle Born.  

Guess time will tell.

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Trojan has been the "standard" to be measured against for a long time. Not sure if that's really true anymore..

But from my research,  I'd have zero hesitancy buying Brightway, if I  were replacing today. (I'm not.)

 

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