For my electric motorcycle I currently run a single charger to each of the 4 (soon to be 5) SLA batteries.
Each battery is also wired in series to each other to achieve 48volts (60volts).
I run a 10 awg wire from each individual battery terminal to a block where I wire each charger to keep it
all neat. I am about to install a 12 connector plug to the block and bank of chargers so I can optionally/easily remove the chargers from the bike.
OK, the vision. I want to optionally run a single 12+ DC charge from solar panels/windmills/etc into the
pack of batteries all in series. This means I want to wire the pack in parallel which of course will
short everything to hell.
The question: Can I use DIODES on my parallel charging wiring to prevent the shorts? Would this allow me
to charge the batteries as a 12 volt system? Furthermore, could I charge the 12 volt system while running the pack in series, or is that just not wise?
It seems I would need some serious diodes and fuses to do this successfully. Is this method in common use?
I would do this via another 12 connector plug to the batteries for 12 V DC charging...