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Old 06 January 2005, 19:18   #11
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Alternate Battery bracket idea.

I came across a ready made bracket when searching through some old parts of a large UPS.(Battery backup supply).
It seems ideally suited if you are installing the battery in a pod seat where it is difficult to secure and screw downwards.
The bracket is Galvanized and could be easily made with anyone with a sheet metal folding brake.It has 2 threaded holes at each side so can be bolted through the side of the pod seat.
This way the bracket slides from the side and there is no chance of arcing as it sits below the terminals. .
Put my battery in place on a 1/2" rubber pad and then bolted through with stainless from the outside.So very easy to get at.
Solid as a rock and doesn't budge at all;
cheers Dal
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Old 07 January 2005, 04:19   #12
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OK.. there's all of two inches between the battery terminal and the frame. I've heard of arcing but we aint talking thousands of volts here.

In fact. I think we are talking about 12.

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I wasn't thinking about arcing, my comments were more from an installation point of view.

Batteries are often in an inaccessible position and there is a chance of touching both battery poles while fitting the cage. Dead shorts like this on a battery can be very interesting all be it for a short period of time .

On my boat the battery is held in place with a wooden strap which will not conduct Steel straps are used on some cars but generally they are dipped in plastic to stop problems.

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Batteries are often in an inaccessible position and there is a chance of touching both battery poles while fitting the cage. Dead shorts like this on a battery can be very interesting all be it for a short period of time .
If the fkin thing welds itself onto the battery posts, it'll be even more interesting.
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Old 09 January 2005, 17:31   #14
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Vetus Battery Switches

Hi,

We have been using the Vetus twin battery selector switch for the last few years and now have them fitted along with reserve battery as standard on every Parker Ally Cat we sell.

Heavy duty, over engineered, weather proof and reaonably priced !

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Batteries are often in an inaccessible position and there is a chance of touching both battery poles while fitting the cage. Dead shorts like this on a battery can be very interesting all be it for a short period of time
Agreed, but this one is going in a small Ribtec console under the seat so access isn't a problem. Prefer to use a socket set extension bar across the terminals myself to see if the batery has any sparks in it
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Old 10 January 2005, 05:26   #16
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............Prefer to use a socket set extension bar across the terminals myself to see if the batery has any sparks in it
I have heard of people achieving the same thing by leaning over a battery (in a car) with a sweat moistened T shirt not really my idea of fun, but it takes all sorts Des
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That's actually one of the problems with trying to sort out a problem at sea on a wet day. Every time you touch the power cable you complete the circuit

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That's actually one of the problems with trying to sort out a problem at sea on a wet day. Every time you touch the power cable you complete the circuit

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Itís even better when it is HT One rib I had would give me a belt through the throttle lever every time the engine got wet Ended up selling it to the YMCA thought they would enjoy the electrifying performance more than i did.

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Can I just ask what might be a stupid question (all mine are!) but whats wrong with the two piece plastic ones which are fitted to the inside of the console or deck?

I mean if your bolting the batteries down to this extent what are you going boating in? A hurricane?

Seems over the top to me but I wait to be enlightened!

I did notice in the consolidated coding doc thats up on the MCA Web site they are recommending you don't run the boat with both batteries on. They suggest one on then swop over every so often to charge it up.

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Running on a single battery of your pair is I think pretty standard and is certainly RYA poicy on a yacht course.

The plastic boxes are OK but they can break and also they can be a bugger to get the batteries in and out. Having said that all my boats have got boxes but I'd much prefer brackets
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