On 11/05/2013 11:37, henny wrote:
Raining here also.
The TX is off,it is raining,
Twice the huge 4WD starter battery that runs my e-probe has been
found to be discharged this winter despite the Solar Panel, now,
with the sun we have had that is just not right.
A few checks with the meter this morning revealed that instead of
13.8V from the Voltage regulator I had 12V, so the battery supplied
the power until flat and never got a charge.
A 'ceramic' capacitor had gone short circuit in the regulator
control cct., due I suspect to the damp environment in my shed.
Recently I read about some 'ceramic' caps said to be made of
"moulded mud". The brown disc caps I used in the regulator when
broken open resemble, yes, moulded mud, like an unbaked brick and
I just hope the battery has not died having been drained below 10V