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Duel battery hookups

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Hustler, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. Hustler

    Hustler 1/2 ton status

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    I know this has been talked about in the past, but can someone tell my what is the best way to hook up 2 batteries and why? Thanks.
     
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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    im just going to buy the battery cables for a diesel... running in parallel.....already have the tray in the truck... and second battery sitting there... :wink1:

    my stock 63amp alt will do for now... however when that ramsey patriot 15k comes in.. I have a feeling that I am giong to have to re-look at the 140 amp alt upgrade I was doing.... :doah:
     
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    Alot of ppl like to buy the battery tray from a diesel and put it in their truck. All the wire needs to do is go positive to positive and ground both batteries.

    The advantages.......better starting......cold cranking amps.

    Won't run down as fast when using a winch.

    If one battery goes out, you still have another :D
     
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    airbornesoldier327 1/2 ton status

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    I thought about doing the same, but since i run a winch and KC Daylighters, i prefer to isolate each of the batteries from each other, so i can put all the other stuff on the other battery, liek the winch, lights, CB, and so forth on one, and use the other battery for starting the truck. That way if i burn out the one i can still start the truck. Thats just me though! :D
     
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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    that is why you get one of those energizer batteries with the twist top switch... remember that battery? if it dies... switch and it is like 2 batteries in 1..... :wink1:
     
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    Go here and read all... www.hellroaring.com
    Been runnin this setup for years and years..works great!
     
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    Agreed. I've got one sitting in my shed waiting to be installed. :waytogo:
     
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    I prefer simple. I used a Marine combining switch like this one from West Marine.
     
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    airbornesoldier327 1/2 ton status

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    Thats the system i have set up in mine, but i bought it and pieced it together through pep-boys and napa... and on that note i wish i woudl ahve gone through those guys. Looks liek i would have saved myself some money! :D
     
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    i got the kit from painless, like it alot
     
  11. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    honestly man, do a search.. this has been rehashed a billion times, should find tons of stuff...

    that being said, i'll be going with the straight foward marine battery switch, no selinoid.. almost as parts free as just running parellel... which i like.. and i already have the switch...

    i'm sure the hellroaring, isolators, selinoid, etc are a nice setup.. heck, 75% of the boats i work on run isolaters.. but i'm just going the simple route...

    heres a couple diagrams i've snagged over time from here for ya that may help....
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