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Old 29 September 2006, 07:44   #1
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Twin Engine to battery isolator

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This winter sees me changing my manual start outboards to electric starts and wondered if the two engines can I use a single isolator ? thus both engines will be connected through one isolator to the start battery. There is a 100A fuse / breaker at the battery.

The second battery will serve the gps/vhf/etc.

The engines are Mariner 40ís and have a manual start option in case of battery failure.
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Old 29 September 2006, 08:33   #2
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I don't think there is a problem with the engines in general but I'm not sure how the two voltage regulators with work in parallel. One is bound to have a slightly higher output voltage than the other and this one might do all the charging. Hence you may think you've got X charging capacity but you may only have half of that.
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Old 29 September 2006, 09:06   #3
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Why not fit twin batteries and have two completely independant systems ? twin 40s will only require small batteries.

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I'd be with Pete, dual isolators would give complete separation.
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