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Old 11-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Marine battery selector switch

I picked up one of these. hopefully i can use it rather than a battery isolator. looks pretty sturdy too

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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John,
i was thinking the same thing, good to jump the coach batteries with the house batteries in a pinch, and to control charging. i will post better pictures of it when it arrives
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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i got the switch today. here is it:


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Old 11-11-2012, 10:44 AM   #4
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How would one hook this up in order to accomplish the
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good to jump the coach batteries with the house batteries in a pinch, and to control charging.
? I'm drawing a blank, may be too early, not enough coffee...
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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How would one hook this up in order to accomplish the
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good to jump the coach batteries with the house batteries in a pinch, and to control charging.
? I'm drawing a blank, may be too early, not enough coffee...
just as to can tie cord and house batteries together for charging, you could use the house batteries to start if for some reason the coach batteries die. you could also choose to only charge house or only choose coach. prehaps this might help


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Old 11-11-2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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Re: Marine battery selector switch

Looks like a good switch. Ive seen them on there and always wondered how well they will work out. Im not there yet but let us know how they work out. Might be worth getting and sitting till im ready to install.
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Re: Marine battery selector switch

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How would one hook this up in order to accomplish the
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good to jump the coach batteries with the house batteries in a pinch, and to control charging.
? I'm drawing a blank, may be too early, not enough coffee...
You've got four settings. Say 1 is starting battery. 2 is your house batteries. 0 is off. 1+2 is both batteries. If you have a dead starting battery, you would switch from 1 to 1+2 and use both batteries to start your bus. I don't know if I explained that well enough. The reason for that switch on a boat is to always have a second battery as backup so you can get home.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:53 AM   #8
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Re: Marine battery selector switch

I've been thinking of getting one of these as well. My intention would be to use my alternator to charge my house batteries while driving down the road. I assume if I set the switch to connect both sets of batteries (chassis and house) that the charge from the alternator would go equally to both sets of batteries? Or would the charge go first to the batteries with the lowest charge? I'm thinking I could get a gauge to monitor my chassis battery so I would only send the charge to the house batteries if I knew the chassis batteries were full. Am I making any sense at all?
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:35 AM   #9
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Re: Marine battery selector switch

I actually have the blue-sea systems "add a battery" kit. It includes a red rotary 3 position switch. The positions are "Off", "On", and "1+2", the latter being labelled Emergency. It bridges the starting batteries and the house batteries together.

http://bluesea.com/products/7650


The other component of the add-a-battery system is the isolating/combiner. When either side of the combiner is showing above 13.x volts, it combines the house and the vehicle systems so that whatever your charging source (engine, when underway, or shore/gen power when moored) is charging the whole vehicle.

Great system. I am super impressed with Blue Sea products. (I also have thier fuse block and one of their 225A fuses)
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