Battery Monitor work with ACR’s ?

Farpoint

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I have two battery banks in a 28 Skipjack. Both are group 31 lead acid. One bank is engine start, one bank is house. They are separately switched and there is no Battery Parallel switch installed. However they do share common grounds.

There are 2 ACR’s installed to ensure proper charging of both banks, and they seem to latch and unlatch correctly. I am thinking about installing a BALMAR SG200 battery monitor.
I understand that the monitor will only provide full function on the house bank, but can also be wired to show volts on each of the 2 start batteries. And that the common ground between banks will actually simplify wiring for that function.

The instructions are pretty clear, but they don’t address ACR’s in the system.
Anybody know if this will work?
 
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Farpoint

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28 Skipjack, 733 Zodiac Hurricane

Answer:​

The Battery Combiner effectively acts like a charger and it doesn’t affect the Balmar SG200 readings. A charging voltage is a charging voltage, whether from battery charger, or alternator, or a battery combiner. - Jeff

Found the above at Pacific Yacht Systems site.The question was about ACR’s - which the technician refers to as a Battery Combiner.
 
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