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Old 02-06-2008, 02:12 AM
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Dual Battery

Do any of you out there know how to hook up dual batterys?Can you do that with the stock alt? Thanks for your replys.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:39 AM
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Basically all you need to do is get a good battery switch, a second battery, and some wire that is the correct size. In the past I have used a switch made by Perko, it allows you to run on either battery or both plus it allows you to switch which battery is in use while the engine is running (it is a make before break switch). To install the switch you have to cut the end off the heavy gauge wire from the battery to the alternator (at the battery end) and connect it to the "load" lug on the 3 way switch, then run a battery cable from the + terminal on each battery and connect it to one of the "batt" lugs on the switch.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:16 AM
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just out of curiosty, cause i wanna do the same thing, where do u plan on putting ur 2nd battery?
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:41 PM
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just out of curiosty, cause i wanna do the same thing, where do u plan on putting ur 2nd battery?
i think im going to put it on the opeset side of the battery(left side of the truck).Thank you LastSplash
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:18 PM
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im also looking at adding a second battery but cant figure out where on earth I could fit it at...
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:31 PM
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Wouldn't see why you guys would need a second battery. Although most aircraft manufacturers are putting two batts in their new planes in case the alt fails.
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Old 04-13-2008, 11:28 PM
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Dual batteries as far as I've got...

This is as far as I've got on my 2001 F150 Supercrew. I can't figure out whether I can #1 disrupt that wire coming up from that alternator -at the firewall, or #2 merely tap into it at the fire wall. Either way may cause the vehicle ignition system to be unhappy with me. I'll have to ask the dealer...which I hate talking to. You can see the thin alternator wire coming across the top of the dual batteries on its way to the ignition relay at the fire wall. You can also see the empty nut/screw on the blue isolator waiting for an alternator wire.



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Old 04-27-2008, 12:25 PM
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What is it?

Is the box shown on the battery a dual battery adapter or an battery isolator, in either case get your docs from the manufacturer of that box. I have an isolator that has to be hooked up from the alternator, not the battery. It's wired in such a way that the alt always has a load on it.

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Old 05-28-2009, 07:33 PM
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I know this thread is old but if I were to buy a battery selector switch and have it set to 1+2 would the alternator charge both, namely this switch http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=156404F

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:06 AM
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you better be carefull with some of those switches like that i installed one on my boat one day to charge both batteries while the engine was running a stating batt and a trolling batt and ended up sending 24v to the system and melted every wire in the boat. and i followed the manufactures instructions for a 12v system but they were wrong or the swich was marked wrong its been years and i dont remember. i just remember being stranded in the middle of a bayou and pissed.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:12 AM
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hmm...well I think I going to have to look a little more into it before I burn every wire in my truck and leave me wondering how I am going to fix that.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:11 AM
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why not just use an isolator between them so they are seperated. and what are your plans to run off of them or have in your truck. just so i can get an idea of what you got going on.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:56 AM
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I am going to build a carputer (computer in a car, in place of my head unit(run my speakers off of it too) and I was thinking of having the system run off of the batteries but if I wanted to run it while the car was off I could run it off of one battery and not kill the starting battery so I could throw a bbq at the beach and not be stranded miles away from other cars

also this is what I am thinking about getting

http://www.hellroaring.com/bic75300.php
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:01 AM
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that is exactly my intention too. 2 batteries, 1 starting, 1 deep cycle, both always charging. when i want to i throw a switch, isolate the deep cycle and run the headunit while having no effect on my starting battery.

let us know what you end up doing in the end.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:10 PM
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i think you should use a battery isolator kind of like this http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...3388_200343388 but that one is kinda small here is another rated at 150 amps http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...&ci_sku=479756
and here is a link that describes how to do all of it with diagrams. http://www.bcae1.com/battiso.htm

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