Thanks for the responses.
Originally Posted by Smitty
Got a clamp-on DC ammeter ?
unfortunately I don't have a clamp-on ammeter. I'll have to bum one and try the lift to get an idea.
If I were to put a decent load on it and run it with the ammeter, that amperage reading should give me the approximate circuit breaker and wire size to use?
I recently removed my lift and I can tell you the cable was huge. Definitely at least the size of a battery cable if not bigger.
The cable that was left on the lift was huge. That is what made me wonder what kind of amperage the lift is drawing.
I'm mounting it in the side door right behind the front door so if I were to run wire from the battery it won't be that far.
I had been thinking about mounting a aux. battery to run a small inverter for a laptop and some 12 volt inside lighting.
If I were to mount the Aux. battery setup by the control for the lift, I would think it would be fine to run it off of this battery?
Then I could probably run a smaller wire from the aux battery to the lift to power it? I would still need some sort of circuit protection.
I still have the large flasher relays installed in the cabinet above the drivers seat. They both already have a heavy battery 12volt supply to them. If I were to wire one of the relays to engage when the ignition is on to use it as an isolation relay. Then run the relay output to the positive side of the auxillary battery, would this be a way to keep the aux. system charged?
I'm sorta talking outloud here / looking for confirmation that I'm thinking correctly.