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Old 04-16-2014, 02:10 PM   #15
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Mike...And now that we've actually disconnected the negative cable (kind of a pain in our narrow little slot in our storage lot AND I neglected to make sure the steps were in before disconnecting), I have another question. We have 2 series 31 batteries - the negative poles are connected to each other, one of the poles has a cable going to the first of the 6-volt batteries and a cable going to ground. We disconnected all three cables from that one negative pole. Is this the correct way to disconnect? Can you think of an easier way? -- our aging bodies may not be able to do this for too many more years.
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Thanks Mike…Now that we've actually disconnected the cable (not an easy thing to do in our narrow storage slot AND I neglected to make sure the steps were in before disconnecting), I have another question. We have two series 31 batteries. The two negative poles are connected. On one of the negative poles there is a cable going to the 6-volt battery bank and a cable going to the ground. We disconnected all three cables from this one pole. Is this the correct way to ensure a total disconnect? Can you think of an easier way?…I'm not sure how many more years our aging bodies will be able to do the required contortions.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:04 PM   #17
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:51 PM   #18
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You could install a ground disconnect switch, like a Perko or BlueSea switch. It would have to have ~1000A inrush, 300A continuous rating to cover starting & charging loads.
My group 31's have threaded studs in lieu of lead posts, which makes disconnect at the battery easier, but its still a modest pain, and a little messy w/the dielectric grease on the connections. The switch would be posh.
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Thanks. Step 1 complete--we ran down to West Marine and purchased a Blue Sea 9004e Single Circuit ON/OFF switch. Upon opening and reading the directions we see we need a regulator as well, so that will be step 2. Your help with all my questions over the past several years has been invaluable.
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