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Old 06 March 2004, 13:34   #1
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Battery Selector Switch

Hi All,

Does anyone have any details on how you wire one of the above in? I would rather make sure before I go attaching anything!!

I believe that the two positive leads from the two batteries go to the back of the switch and the two neg leads join the two batteries together.
What and where does the next lead come from to connect to the third point on the back of the switch??

Any help would be great. A picture would be even better.
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What and where does the next lead come from to connect to the third point on the back of the switch??
That's the +ve supply to engine, fusebox, gadgets, etc.

Easiest way to do this is to locate the switch within reach of your original big red lead, so you simply remove this from the original (single) battery and attach it to the "output" terminal of the switch (assuming the eyelet/terminal post will fit!). Then fit red leads from the positive of each battery to the "input" posts on the switch. Finally, the negatives both go to your old black neg lead.

If you get it all in place, measure up the length of cables required and go to a motor electrical fitter to get these cables made up and soldered (unless anyone knows better - ie can you get tinned cable in this size?)
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Pos from each bat goes to 1 & 2. The last one is the common going to the engine, all other12v circuits should come off of this pole aswell.The only one going direct from batts is supply to bilge pump if fitted to allow it to run in auto whilst bat switch off.Negs together or to bus bar.
Do you have a split charger system fitted(blocking diodes) fitted??If you dont then you will need it.
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SCM - apologies if this is obvious, but only conect one battery positive direct to the bilge pump - otherwise you'll bypass the switch and probably burn the leads out!

Also - you don't need a split charger system if you're prepared to charge just one battery at a time, but they are a good idea. I didn't fit one to the hard boat when I did this upgrade, and probably won't fit one to Blue Ice if/when I get round to the dual battery upgrade.

I wonder how many RIBs with a dual batteries have a split charger system?
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can see where you are coming from.might have had my hard boat head on. But if one was fitted at least you wouldnt have to worry about charging and should you need the other battery at least it will be fully charged.We have one on our hard boat and it has worked to our favour a couple of times.
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Guys,
Many thanks for those replys. You have confirmed what i thought, however, it is always nice to get someone to confirm them.

I am not sure about the split charger, i am happy to charge each battery in turn. ie one day bty 1 the next day bty 2. But here what you say.

I will use this opertunity to sort out the bildge pump that has been left wired from when it sat on a pontoon!!!


By the way the only reason for doing this is that to code your boat it states you must have an alt bty fitted.

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If you don't want to fit a diode, why don't you set the switch onto the 'Both' position and charge both batteries together?
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Being cautious by nature, I never used the "both" position in case the non-identical batteries set up their own circuit, but I guess that if they are both in reasonable condition, this should be OK. However, if they're not, then surely this would discharge the good battery before charging them both?
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your right in what your saying richard, not only that if you had a problem then you could drain both,which defeats the object of having 2 batts. The voltage regulator on some models would detect voltage of a full batt and one batt may be slightly down so therefore wouldnt get a full charge, catch 22 i beleive??
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I would think you may be safer getting someone to check a diagram of what you are thinking of doing before you connect up as you are dealing with very large currents and you could easily have a fire on your hands if you get it wrong. you will be better fitting a blocking diode as if one battery is flat it will run down the other if they are just connected together. good luck
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