RV Power converter work with batteries and supply current to compatible amenities. It can convert the 120-volt alternating current to a 12-volt direct current.
How to Tell If RV Converter is Charging Battery? You can tell if the RV converter is charging the battery by inspecting the voltage flow, checking sensors and fans, accessing the stability of fuses and breakers, troubleshooting the battery, and checking the electric circuit.
Many people prefer RV converter for its current conversion properties. However, I use it for its charging characteristics.
Inspect the voltage flow
An RV converter is a charger for the drained battery. It has a built-in power of about 120 volts, and the current has alternative properties.
However, it can convert this AC to DC according to the standard functions. It sends DC 12-volt current to all of its electrically working appliances.
The primary function is to charge the battery. It can provide a charge when it connects to a shore current source.
You can access the charging procedure by checking the voltage flow. I utilize a multimeter to find the standard level of flowing voltage inside the circuit.
Its troubleshooting is challenging because it involves various steps. However, you can access its charge-supplying properties once you access the stable voltage flow.
You can connect the multimeter with the terminals that contain a 120-volt current flow. These terminals have alternative voltage which approaches the charger.
You can connect the shore power and RV for maximum voltage flow. The 120 to 130 volts tell the converter is charging its battery.
The lack of current in it indicates its malfunctioning. The multimeter does not show voltage flow and power conversion.
You can troubleshoot the voltage flow system and charge by the availability of the power flow. Its stable flow inside the circuit shows that the converter charges it at the standard level.
The voltage meter checks the power flow. But, it tells about the stability of the charging procedure.
Check sensors and fan
The RV converter comprises a fan that works on 120 voltage supply.
Moreover, it reduces the probability of wire melting. It prevents the cords from damage and stabilizes their performance.
You can check its fan performance for checking the battery charging. The system remains free from burnt cords and melted connectors.
Its fan turns on properly according to the standard working capabilities. It shows that the internal parts have reduced temperature, and the system works at standard operating conditions.
You can inspect the fan by attaching the voltage meter to it. You can check its current level to assess its stability.
Moreover, you can examine the heat-regulating sensor of the converter with a multimeter. Sensor stability is essential to maintain a fan’s performance.
Its stable power flow shows its maximum performance, which means it is recharging the drained battery of the RV.
The stability of its fan and sensors are equally significant and show that its system is working fine.
Stability of fuses and breaker
You can troubleshoot the fuses of the RV converter. Their stable performance indicates the charging of the battery.
They can break down with current surges. Then, they cannot provide power to the 120-volt converter.
You can examine their stability by using the voltage meter. Also, you can visually check their condition.
You can test them in their connected circuits and examine them individually. Turning them off and activating them indicates their performance.
You can turn on the circuit switches for the fuses and breakers. They turn on when their functionality is stable.
The switches work at a standard performance level which indicates their particular operation.
The correct function of the breaker and circuit fuses means the 120-volt converter charges the drained battery at a particular level. The fuses and breakers remain stable for a long span.
But, they are sensitive to electrical changes. As a result, the malfunctioning circuit can alter its performance.
You can troubleshoot the RV battery to identify the stability of the converter and its charging abilities. In addition, a volt meter is beneficial for examining its performance and its terminals.
The black or red cord indicates high temperature. The white cord shows a stable temperature.
You can record about 14 volts of direct current when the battery and it work at a specific range. The absence of 14 volts shows its malfunctioning.
It does not provide charging for the power-supplying equipment. Furthermore, you can inspect the shore power plugging.
You can check the contact portions of the power source with it. Corrosion over its terminals affects the charging procedure.
It sends an electrical charge, but the battery does not follow the current passage. It is a mechanical fault and shows that it is not charging despite the connection with the shore power.
The stable operation of the electrical system is essential. However, you can inspect through visual methods.
I use the current diagnostic meter to assess the power flow. You can clean the corroded terminals temporarily and find the voltage flow.
Also, you can access the connection by disconnecting the converter from it. You can tell that it charges the RV battery when the terminals function without faults.
Checking the electric circuit
You can check the electric circuit of your RV, its battery, and the converter. Performing this troubleshooting provides an estimate of its charging properties.
You can inspect when the generator plugs in with the circuit.
However, you can use the voltage meter for this procedure. You can adjust the voltage meter with the 12-volt power system.
The connection is suitable for the specific socket. The stability of 14 volts flow indicates that it receives charge from the converter.
Sometimes, the 14 volts current appears on the voltage meter. But, it does not undergo the charging procedure.
It means the converter is performing at the standard efficiency level. In addition, it has lost its performance and has become faulty.
It cannot supply 12-volt direct current to all the electrically regulated amenities. You can do a better inspection by checking the relay of the transfer system.
The relay is a specific switch mount in the converter. Also, you can call it solenoid because it can transfer the voltage to the batteries of the RVs.
You can check its performance by connecting the multimeter. It can check and identify its maximum power level.
Moreover, it examines the stability of this solenoid. It has maximum power when you connect your RV with a particular shore power.
The generator provides power to this solenoid. It becomes a central component for charge transfer.
However, you can access a clicking sound on the voltage meter when the solenoid has a high current level. The sound indicates the stable ampere movement inside the relay or switch of the power system.
You can tell that the RV converter is sending an electrical current to the battery. Therefore, it is a sensitive component and can undergo failures.
It undergoes corrosion and loses performance. Relay breakdown indicates improper converter performance, which means it does not charge the battery.
The small electric switch regulates this procedure. However, its testing is possible when you plug the RV with the power generator.
In such circumstances, you can identify the significant variation in the current flow.