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Old 25 April 2017, 14:13   #1
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Battery box or tie down.

I'm looking for recommendations on ways to tie a battery down that have stood the test of time. Preferably with pics. I'm not sure I trust a plastic caravan box. It's a sealed optima so no venting required.

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Old 25 April 2017, 14:20   #2
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Boxed and Strapped...hundreds of hours all weathers....no problems
I've also wedged (filled gaps)it in with rubber to stop any movement
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Any pictures or recommendations would be great. I need a battery box / tie down system for my second battery. I have a few "marine" battery boxes but they'll all rather poor quality and the lids are a loose fit - all a bit of a lash up.
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I was thinking of something like this, but ideally doesn't battery want to be fully contained.

Battery Holder Large L325xW175 - Boat Electricals


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I've always used something like this:

Battery Box

with closed cell foam padding inside between the battery and the case, and then a strap over the case. Case and strap screwed down to the deck or other anchoring point.
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Just one thing to think about, I used to use a battery box and it was a royal PITA, I think the box was installed before the console so it was a real struggle to remove the battery due to the space between the lip of the battery box side and the bottom of the console shelf - so I had to do some thought about what options worked for me and I couldn't find anything off the shelf, so i had something made.

This is what happened to my battery box when I tried to remove the battery's the first time...

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I got the batterys out but the box was a total mess, so I had to cut it down, I made a bit of a try with an upright side to support the externally mounted battery switch and ran with this for some time, and it worked well with the batterys strapped inside - meaning I could lift the batterys out the side for charging at home or checking the connections.

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I didn't like the idea of the open top, and not having any side protection for the batterys so I drew up some drawings, and had a new larger box made, giving some extra space for cables, and also so I could internally mount the battery switch so this was had better protection as well.

My idea was similar to the old cut down box, with a tray and one upright side left for the battery switch, then a U shaped bit to slide over and then finally a lid to cover the top.

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The box is made of marine stainless - I know this sounds like a recipe for potential disaster, but the inside of the box is lined with high density foam, and under that lined with a heavy duty rubber insulation, and each battery is independently strapped down - The batterys have more support now than they did in the old box.

Due to the removable side, removable top and cable entry holes the box is not air tight - so no issues with venting.
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I was thinking of something like this, but ideally doesn't battery want to be fully contained.

Battery Holder Large L325xW175 - Boat Electricals


What do coded vessels use?
I like that. 1mm spare in width is close
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I've always used something like this:

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with closed cell foam padding inside between the battery and the case, and then a strap over the case. Case and strap screwed down to the deck or other anchoring point.
So foam on inside is what stops battery banging through the roof? I bought a box a while ago but rubbished it. Maybe I should find some foam or rubber
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