Yeah thats what I thought. After thinking about it, thats what must have happened. If you try to connect the triton to a power supply that is putting out more than 13 volts or so, the triton will say voltage error or something. But I guess that failsafe program only works when the triton is powering on. I guess I tricked it well enough by starting it correctly on 12 V and then jumping it to a higher voltage while in the charging program. I am sooooo dumb. I have to rewire some things in my box. Namely, rewire it so that the wire coming out of the 12 volt battery out of the box which I will use to recharge the battery will go through the switch also that switches between powering the triton with the power supply or the battery. The switch is made so that there are 2 independent short connections for each switch position, so I can turn on the charging wires and the power supply's connection to the triton on one side and turn of the charging wire and turn on the battery's connection to the power supply on the other side.
Also the reason that inspired me to try this idoitic self charging test... When I was connected to the power supply, probably around 12 volts or so (its a variable voltage power supply), and I would attempt to charge the 12 volt battery, the triton would go into the charge program but just come right back out without making any noise (which would indicate some type of error). I figured this problem was the added cooling fan that I added to the box which is in parallel with the triton. Because its in parallel it should cause a voltage drop and at 12 volts, I measured the fan to draw less than .2 amps. Trying to charge the 12 volt battery at 1 amp could have been been causing the triton to draw at most 3 amps (im not sure I didn't test input current). My powersupply is a 13 amp power supply so I do not know why that relatively small current draw would have caused a voltage drop to cause the triton to power off. I should have just powered off and then back on the triton as a quick test, but instead I decided to try to run it off the battery and charge (yes the battery itself). Well now the triton's in the show at hobby services. Anyone know how much it costs to have repairs on a triton done. I just sent it on today and won't be able to really contact them till monday when they are open.
Make it idiot-proof, and someone will make a better idiot