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Too Late to Add Battery? Wiring Q's
Hi all, as some of you might know, my boat came with two house batteries and two starting batteries. I don't know why. I replaced my two house batteries about 6-7 weeks ago with flooded deep cycles. I would like to replace one of my starting batteries with a deep cycle identical to the newly added house batteries, and tie it in to the house bank. My question is this - have I waited too long? Will the new battery be different enough from the recently purchased batteries that they won't play well together?
I also have a question regarding the battery cables. If I use adhesive-lined heat shrink on both ends, do I still need to use tinned wire (cable)? Just wondering because the price is quite different between the two.
One last question regarding remote panels and/or monitors. I have a Xantrex Truecharge2 charger and I am looking at the soon-to-be available remote panel. Will it still show me what is going on when the charger is away from shore power? Do you have to reset battery monitors every time you turn on the batteries? I was reading the owners manual for a couple fo the monitors and it seemed that they had to be synched each time power was interupted and restored. If so, do any of you keep them on all the time?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Odyssey, '79 CSY 44 Cutter
Channel Islands, CA
"There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage."
Last edited by montenido; 08-17-2009 at 02:59 PM.