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I am wanting to install the MinnKota 330D 3 bank 10 amp per bank charger on my Skeeter. Then I am wanting to install a Inlet Charger so I don't have to open the compartment every time I want to plug it up.

 

I looked and the inlet charger is rated at 15 amps. Does this mean that my charger won't be utilizing it's full capabilities of 10 amps per bank? Do I need to find an inlet charger that is at least 30 amps to handle the 10 amp per bank?

 

Any help is appreciated. 

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What do you mean by an inlet charger. Is it simply a male plug receptacle or something else?

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I could be wrong but I believe it's saying that the inlet charger is only rated at 15 amps so if ur using something that produces 30 it will heat up and possibly burn. Just like using an indoor extension cord for heavy duty power tools.

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That's fine to use. It's rated for 15 amps ac. The converter is producing with dc amperage on a completely different circuit and has it's own built in protection. Your outlet in your house/garage that you are going to plug the charger into is rated only 15 amps. Basically, if something goes wrong with the converter causing the ac circuit to be affected, you circuit breaker in the house will trip. If you had the charger plugged into an outlet connected to a 20 amp circuit breaker, the plug may or may not fail at 15amps.

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All that charger inlet is, is a male plug inside a bezel. Your charger comes with a cord and male plug attached. You're going to end up cutting the plug off the cord and wiring it into the charger inlet. Make sure the outlet in your house/garage that you will be plugging it into is properly grounded. I know a guy from a local forum that was getting a slight shock if he touched his aluminum boat when the charger was plugged in. He replaced the charger thinking that was the culprit and it ended up being an improperly grounded outlet that it was plugged into.

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Charlie Luna used to have them standard on his Cobra boats back in the late 90s.  They were fine but you had to keep them closed or they'd corrode.

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That should be just fine to use. If you don't want to cut the plug off your charger and wire it in, this one isn't a bad option http://www.basspro.com/ProMariner-Universal-AC-Plug/product/39735/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT. I'd advise against the other ProMariner plug holder, but this looks like a little better and stronger design. 

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Thanks for the replies guys! I feel better about it now. 

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I have one on my 3 bank 10 amp per bank dual pro charger and it has been fine for years.  The 15 amp rating is for the AC input.

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I have the Bass Pro model that Coots originally described, but I wish I had known about the ProMariner model.  That would have saved a lot of time cutting off the plug and re-wiring.  It's probably cheaper, too.

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You just have to do a little math. Three bank, 10 amp charger = 30A @ 14.5V = 435 watts plus what ever the efficiency rating is, would probably make it about 550 watts of output power. 120V @ 5 A is going to give you 600 watts of input power so you are a long way from over loading a plug rated for 15 amps. You should also have no problem running it off a 16ga drop cord for a fairly long distance if needed.

I would make one suggestion though. When you first plug in the charge coming back fishing, leave the battery compartment lid open until the batteries are charged. Then you can close it while it's just retuning in the maintenance mode.

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I installed the ProMariner universal plug holder in my new Ranger.  It runs the three bank trolling motor 45 amp charger and a single bank 6amp charger hooked up to the engine motor.  I chose this model so that I could use a larger gauge plug and then wire up both chargers to the pig tail. I open up the plug door and pull out about 3 inches of plug and wire and plug it into my extension cord.  The heavier gauge plug and pig tail carries the AC amps fine and never even get warm.  In the morning unplug and tuck the plug back in the receptacle and snap the cover closed to keep the water out from back wash when I come down off plane or have wave lapping at the back deck.

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