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Old 17 March 2007, 21:41   #1
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Yamaha 20D 12v outlet

Have just acquired my 'new' 20d for my SIB. It has a 12v 2 pin outlet on the front end. Joy! all the things I can power up with it...errr....
Can anyone tell me ... where do I get a 2 pin connector to fit the outlet on the engine? Is it a Yamaha only spare?
Do I need to fit anything inline from the outlet before taking power to say a Nav light or Radio?
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Old 18 March 2007, 06:31   #2
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Have just acquired my 'new' 20d for my SIB. It has a 12v 2 pin outlet on the front end. Joy! all the things I can power up with it...errr....
Can anyone tell me ... where do I get a 2 pin connector to fit the outlet on the engine? Is it a Yamaha only spare?
Do I need to fit anything inline from the outlet before taking power to say a Nav light or Radio?
Beware if using this with a radio that the radio will only work when the engine is running. As well as meaning you might miss weather or safety messages when at anchor etc - the one time you really want your radio to work is when the engine isn't...
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Stick a multimeter set to AC into the holes while the engine is running. If it shows anywhere between about 8v and 18v or thereabouts you'll need a rectifier and regulator if showing over 14,8v. You really need a battery in there to use that socket anyway-it won't do the gear plugged in any good at all to be run directly.
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The ideal battery would be a "garden and tractor" battery: small, cheap(ish), and usually built to withstand a bit of idle time. Not a whole lot of reserve power, but you aren't going to be cranking the motor off it, so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.

On the idle time point, I meant time between running the motor (i.e. time between charging); I kept a small 200mA trickle charger on the battery for my Honda 40 when it was parked at home. I never really looked at the solar panel trickle chargers, but they would probably do, as well. So I never actually tested the shelf life of the charge.

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