Battery management & monitoring > NDS Power Service systems
NDS were one of the first manufacturers to introduce battery to battery systems for charging leisure batteries in a motorhome or boat. They've developed the range and now have three different versions of the "Power Service" chargers. You can find out about two of them in our "Battery to Battery" section but here we're looking at the "Gold" range which is much more than a simple charger. There are three models, each with a different output rating and they can be used as the main charging unit in a vehicle, with inputs from 230V mains power, a solar panel and, of course, the vehicle's starter battery as well.
The Gold Power Service units are a complete battery charging system in one box and are ideal for use in campervans, boats and motorhomes. If you're a manufacturer or a self-builder, this could be just what you need to keep your vehicle's leisure batteries charged at all times. And, of course, they've been designed to work with "smart" alternators as well as regular ones.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your vehicle has a smart alternator, the Power Service unit will not start operating for at least one minute after the engine has been switched on. This is normal.
It all depends on the type of battery you want to charge and how you use your battery. The higher the output of the charger, the quicker the battery will be charged.
The 25 Amp fuses on the output side of the charger may blow when the leisure battery is deeply discharged. In this case, because the voltage of the leisure battery is very low, the voltage from the DC-DC charger can be high enough to blow the fuses.
Ease of Use
When planning to convert my Fiat Ducato into a campervan, I was looking for the simplest way to handle multiple power sources, if possible with a single unit. The Power Service Gold does exactly that, and brilliantly. I have added the control unit to monitor the charging, consumption and batteries' charge level, but it is not required at all as the Power Service Gold is perfectly self sufficient: hassle-free and hands-free! Great advice and support from RoadPro team too, thanks again for your recommendations. Patrick