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                                                             Schaudt Elektroblock

We are Schaudt recognised distributors able to repair or supply the Schaudt Elektroblock range, all models from early LA110 to the EBL 263. We have a large stock of both new and remanufactured EBL99, EBL 100, EBL 101, etc


Schaudt units are reliable, well made units and one of our favourite chargers to repair.  Support from the factory is excellent and we can obtain any part from a water level sender to Solar regulator.

The EBL range will tolerate voltages as high as 270v without issue.

Contary to the information on the Web Forums they do not have a problem with mains voltage spikes, less than 0.5% of the units we see have issues with mains spikes/Surges and almost all of these are picked up abroad in France, Spain and Italy where Electrical storms are more common than the UK.

Again contrary to what you will read on the Forums they DO have built in Spike/Surge protection, via a Metal Oxide Varister on the 240v mains input circuit.

Almost all of the problems we see with Elektroblock EBL charger failures are down to the use of Batteries past their best, not 240v mains borne issues.

 

 

Schaudt Elektroblocks are much more sophisticated units than those found in the average UK built Motorhome or Caravan with multiple fuctions:

1. Controlling all charging for Solar, Alternator or Mains/generator.

2. A power boost controller for the Alternator charge to the Leisure battery. This boosts the Alternator output to a higher voltage to compensate for the voltage drop in the long cables from the front of the vehicle to the Leisure battery location. This is one of the reasons why an Elektroblock equipped Motorhome can recharge it's batteries on the move more quickly than those with say a Zig unit and why aftermarket Alternator Battery 2 Battery Booster units should NOT be fitted unless the installer fully understands the Elektroblock and the implications. This same technology of boosting the voltage is used to great effect in the LR1218 Solar Regulator.  

3. Starter battery charging with up to 6 amps when on mains/generator.

4. A Power Supply that provides much of the 12v demand in addition to charging the battery.

5. Power distribution with the required safety mechanisms to do so. Some Elektroblocks will cut all 12v power when the voltage falls below a preset level, usually around 11v, to prevent damage to the battery from complete discharge.

6. Some control the refrigerator operation using internal relays.

7. Frost protection. On some models a frost protection valve will open below preset temperatures.

8. The ability to integrate a second mains Charger unit to charge multiple batteries more quickly. Essential if the battery bank is over 180Ah. Because the EBL charges both Habitation and Starter Batteries, you must make an allowance for the Starter battery capacity when calculating the bank size. 

The second auxillary charger puts it's 12v output directly into the EBL and the charge is distributed evenly to habitation and Starter batteries as required with the Control Panel showing the extra charge.

A split charge relay device, essential on some none Elektroblock equipped Leisure vehicles, is not only unnecessary but may cause issues.

For the same reason a Solar charger regulator should be output into the Elektroblock Solar port so that the EBL can distribute all Battery charge current and show it on the Control panel. This isn't always essential, but it doesn't make sense to create an intelligent unit to distribute all charging with full transparency of the charge rate on the Control panel, then bypass it's intelligence by going straight to the battery.

For example an EBL 101 will boost the charge from the Alternator to compensate for the loss of voltage in the cable run from the Motorhome Alternator to the Leisure batteries which may be at the rear of the Vehicle. It will also distribute the Alternator current to the Fridge while on the move. If a Solar Panel is fitted and supplying 7 amps the EBL will be aware of that and the Alternator current supply will be backed down. Likewise if a EBL 99 is supplying 12v charge, while on mains hook-up, and the EBL 99 is aware of a 7 amp feed from the Solar Panel it will back off it's charge rate, or switch more of the charge to the starter battery.    

If you have a Solar Installation that bypasses this intelligence, it's an indication that the installers were lacking in knowledge.

Solar Panel output should be restricted to a max output of 15 amps and 26v dependent on the EBL/LR1218 setup.

 

If you have an Elektroblock (or Reich) equipped Leisure vehicle it is not only unnecessary to add a 'Top up' battery charger like a CTEK but it may cause issues, particularly with the later models like the EBL 101.

Some of the generic battery chargers are useful for recovering a sulphated battery 'off' the vehicle but the cost is high, over £100 for a 7 amp charger. We would argue that a battery that is even partly sulphated is past it's best and is better replaced. £100 goes a long way towards a quality new battery that will last 6 years. See the Battery Technology page.

 

If you ever need to contact Schaudt the man to talk to is Udo Lang. He is famous on the forums for his helpfulness, Technical ability and excellent grasp of the English language. For those of you have have emailed or spoken to him, you can now put a face to the name. Udo can be seen in the photo below on the right.

 

 

If you connect your Motorhome to mains supply a day before you leave for your holiday you will reduce the chance of Starter battery issues as well as ensuring you have full leisure batteries. You don't need to activate the control panel, i.e. switch it on, the charging will still take place even with the panel 'off'.

We purchase none working Schaudt Elektroblock, Burstner/Reich E-box and Nordelettronica units. Contact us for a valuation of your broken unit.

 

How to look after your EBL:-

1. Don't continue to use a battery that is past it's best. Almost all the failures we see are down to poor batteries, see our separate page, 'Battery Technology' on how to save money on batteries. 
2. Don't cover it with a Duvet, keep the EBL cool.
3. Do disconnect it from the mains/battery before switching the device from Gel to Wet battery type: See the separate Battery Technology page for information on the suitability of Gel batteries in Motorhomes/Caravans.
4. Don't connect the Car to Caravan tow hitch while the Car engine Ignition is 'on' making the 12n/12s charging circuits live and prone to reverse polarity issues.
5. Don't run the 'Mains' supply from an unsmoothed generator supply: The output on these can vary by as much as 100 volts. Use only Generators with a PURE Sine Wave output or that use Inverter technology. NEVER use a Generator with modified Sine Wave or Quasi Sine wave.
6. NEVER run without a battery connected, some Caravan/Motorhpme chargers can work in this way, but the strain is significant.
7. Do make sure the mains hook-up is unplugged when you attach/detach the battery cables.
8. Do play safe during electrical storms. If you are in the vicinity of an electric storm, particularly abroad, cut the mains supply to the Motorhome/caravan either by pulling the Mains hook-up lead until the storm passes. Lightning can hit overhead power cables which may lead to higher than normal voltages in the immediate vicinity.
 
What causes the Elektroblock to fail?
The most common cause is poor battery condition. See the Battery charging faults page, also please read the separate page on Battery Technology
 
  
 
 
When removing a Schaudt Elektroblock EBL to send to us:

Do not pull any plugs out of the EBL until you first:-

Disconnect the mains supply and in a Motorhome switch off the ignition.

Photograph or record which fuses are in which slots on the front, a replacement EBL comes from the factory with only minimal fuses.

If one is connected, disconnect the Solar panel from the regulator. Do not leave the regulator connected to the solar panel as the next step of removing the Battery leads may damage the regulator.

If you have an electric step, retract it now as once you have disconnected the EBL it will be stuck out.

Manually hold close the frost protection valve (a Clothes peg does a good job) as taking off the power may drain the water tank.

Switch off 12v at the Control Panel display, usually above the door.

On an EBL 220 and other later models you need to 'isolate the battery' on the control panel, if you do not do this there is a chance the EBL will not power up after installation. Our honarary Schaudt expert Peter Brown says, "In paragraph 5.2 (Changing the battery) of my copy of the Electroblock EBL 220-2 manual it says: 

"Disconnect the battery from the Electroblock by activating the battery isolation on the DT/LT ... control and switch panel". 

"On the LT510 panel this isolation is achieved by pressing the living area battery button in for 10 seconds. Other control panels have other ways of doing it so check the manual.

 

Remove the leads from the Leisure, and in a Motorhome, the starter batteries. Sometimes it is hard to gain access to both leads, so just removing one (the -) is usually ok.

Now you can remove the plugs from the front of the EBL starting with the Mains 'Kettle' lead. On units like the EBL 208 and 225 each Lucar connector should be labelled and insulated as they are removed.

Clearly label the 3 primary connections at the BACK of the Elektroblock, on relevant models like the EBL 99 and 100. Failure to disconnect all the batteries earlier will leave some of these wires in a 'live' state. Take great care not to short them, touch them against each other or to the rear metal panel and insulate them well. We suggest you wrap insulating tape around the screwdriver blade (Flat blade not Pozidrive) to ensure it doesn't contact the metal backplate of the EBL unit when undoing the three screws.

Once the plugs and wires are disconnected there are normally only 4 screws holding the EBL to the floor/wall.

Please pack it carefully, there are delicate components inside the unit. We sugget at least 3 inches of soft packaging around the unit, to absorb any shock, with a strong cardboard box over that. 

Please help us keep the above section accurate by emailing any anomalies that you find when removing your particular Elektroblock unit.

Standard parcel 2nd class delivery is around £11, but we suggest you use Royal mail 48hour which costs £12.60, has a higher insurance value, is trackable and usually arrives next day.

When reinstalling an EBL :

Repopulate the fuses in the Elektroblock EBL front panel as per your photograph, etc. Elektroblock units arrive from the factory with the minimum of fuses.

Do not put any plugs or connectors into the EBL until you first:-

Disconnect the mains supply and in a Motorhome switch off the ignition.

If one is connected, disconnect the Solar panel from the regulator. Do not leave the regulator connected to the solar panel as the next step of removing the Battery leads may damage the regulator. Please be extra carefull about reconnecting the correct way around, the German builders often use Blue for Live

Remove the leads from the Leisure, and in a Motorhome, the starter batteries. Sometimes it is hard to gain access to both leads, so just removing one (the -) is usually ok.

Double check that no plugs are inserted at the front of the box then connect the three fat wires at the back of the EBL IN THIS ORDER : -

RED (ROT) to it's connector. Black (Swarz) to it's connector. Brown (Braun) to it's connector. Note that some Motor home builders use coloured cable that is different to that suggested by Schaudt.   If the battery leads have not been disconnected take great care not to touch the leads to each other or to the aluminium back panel. If any of these leads do touch or short, check the big fuses (sometimes 30 - 50 amp) usually located around the Starter or Leisure batteries.

Plug in the MNL leads into their sockets, then the control panel connector (with the thin wires) but do not plug in the Mains Kettle lead yet.

Reconnect the battery leads TAKING GREAT CARE to put them on the right way around, positive to positive, etc.

Plug in the mains hook-up. Turn on the EBL by pressing the switch in at the top to EIN. some EBL units like the EBL 109, 208, etc do not have ON/OFF EIN/AUS switch.

If the Control Panel won't turn on double check all leads/connections. If it is a later EBL, like the EBL 220 try activating the battery isolation on the DT/LT ... control and switch panel.

Then plug in the EBL mains kettle lead. The EBL should 'click' when the lead is inserted. If it clicks continually the charger current is not able to leave the EBL and the clicking is the safety relay shutting it down. Pull the kettle lead and the clicking should stop. Replace any blown fuses in the front of the EBL and around both the Starter and Leisure batteries and replace the kettle lead,  you should now hear a single click. If the Control Panel won't turn on double check all leads/connections. If it is a later EBL, like the EBL 220 try activating the battery isolation on the DT/LT ... control and switch panel.

If not email/ring us.

Test all functionality.

   

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