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Old 01 April 2007, 17:03   #11
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Knowing it's a 12v DC output makes it easier!


As you're not using an electric start then rather than using a motorbike battery personally I'd grab one of these.

You'll need one of the larger 12v ones so it's not overcharged-the UD03D would do. That way you'll never have to worry about it leaking or getting salt water inside (nasty-gives off chlorine!).
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Old 01 April 2007, 17:16   #12
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I like the look of those.

But what I guess I need to do first is determine if the output is regulated.

I presume a regulated output will be a constant ish voltage irrespective of engine speed. This I guess would be OK to charge a battery.

Unregulated will vary - hence brighter and dimmer lights? Maybe not OK to charge a battery.

It's all a big change from the 60A alternator and two 90Ah batteries on the Scorpion!

Might also have a chat with my friendly local Yamaha dealer.
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Old 01 April 2007, 17:24   #13
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A regulated voltage will be around 14.8-15v max at over about 2000rpm (rough figures). You may get brighter/dimmer lights on a small output charging system anyway-they put out hardly anything at tickover.

On such a small charging system you can put the battery in there and it'll act as a 'soak' anyway and should stop voltage soaring and frying stuff even if it is unregulated-just make sure the battery contracts are good and can't come off!
My old merc blueband was rectified but unregulated and was fine until the battery isolator died and the unregulated output went through the instruments and fried the VHF.
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Knowing it's a 12v DC output makes it easier!


As you're not using an electric start then rather than using a motorbike battery personally I'd grab one of these.

You'll need one of the larger 12v ones so it's not overcharged-the UD03D would do. That way you'll never have to worry about it leaking or getting salt water inside (nasty-gives off chlorine!).

Agreed, those batteries would be better and as you say the12ah one ideal.

I think the plug was around 10-15 but at the time I was young and impatient and would rather spend my cash in the pub. I took the bike battery out of my kwak 750 when I went boating cos I was too tight to buy another battery for the boat...
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Searider: A garden and tractor battery will be fine. Used one with my Honda 40/4 on my 14' Achilles. Cheap, easy to find, and they seem to last quite well as long as you run the thing every now and then (mine was used to start the motor, though.) Got mine at a hardware store for $29 US (with a $10 core refund for the old one. So $19 total cost.)

The battery will help stabilize the voltage levels a bit; and I'd be a bit surprised if bright/dim lights at varying rpms was any issue at all.

You *may* be able to avoid having to get the connector if you pull the cowl and trace the wires back; if they're bolted on to the regulator output, you can bolt your battery cable on directly (I'm a believer in the fewer the connections the better.)

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Searider - I have a wee 20HP yam - but it has electric start (and therefore the alternator for charging electics). When I looked at the cost of battery, cables, battery box, isolator switch, 12V accessory socket, fuses etc I started having thoughts like yours. Then I got one of these "jump start" boxes you get for cars (21 Ah ? I think) and wired it in - this cost much less (has integrated switches / isolator / fuse etc). It lives inside the console and if it packs up because it gets wet then it doesn't matter as the engine has pull start too... electric is just to save me the effort. So far so good (over a year old, and even got a little wet on the odd occasion).
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Ac!

Got my multimeter on the terminals and it looks like an AC output. Was getting about 8-9 volts at a high idle. So, loks like i'll need some sort of rectifier / regulator - or just keep things simple and use a bailer for getting the water out of the boat!
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Got my multimeter on the terminals and it looks like an AC output. Was getting about 8-9 volts at a high idle. So, loks like i'll need some sort of rectifier / regulator - or just keep things simple and use a bailer for getting the water out of the boat!

Was that 8 to 9 DC? Was there an AC component present? Or if it was AC was there a DC component present? (A DMM is really lacking for this type of checking. Most folks, me included, don't have an O'scope lying around, though.)

With no load the output could be doing all kinds of weird things. A couple of amps worth of load should smooth it out enough to see exactly what it's doing.

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Looked to be pretty much AC.
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