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Re: Refrigerator off main breaker?

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Originally Posted by GrahamO View Post
I am just installing a new fridge system. The old one is tied to the main breaker but I am considering going direct from the battery through its own breaker so we could leave it on with the rest of the boat off. Is this OK?

It is for long term cruising and we have a very well insulated (4 1/2"+) refrigerator and 400w of solar.

Advice appreciated as always.

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Graham
Graham,

Sure you can do that but there is always risk. I am not a huge fan of powering loads from only solar or wind when away from the boat for extended periods.

A lot of fridge manufacturers want to see their appliance run straight to the house bank due to so many issues with voltage drop. So long as you have a fuse that meets the AIC rating for your bank you will be fine.
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