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08-06-2010 04:40 PM
mitiempo matt
If your charging sources are wired to the 1/2/both/off switch you really only have one choice if you wish to turn the switch to "off" when you leave the boat - wire to one bank only, the house bank probably. If on the other hand you have an ACR or Echo Charge type of device all your charging sources are already going to the house bank with the ACR or whatever taking care of the start battery, wire the same way, to house and the start will be taken care of automatically.
08-06-2010 01:37 PM
mattstamour
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
The eyes over the threaded terminals are the best solution.
I have a two battery bank with a 3 position switch. How would I hook the low cost solar charger up to that?
08-05-2010 04:58 PM
mitiempo The eyes over the threaded terminals are the best solution.
08-05-2010 04:54 PM
AE28
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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
I'd be interested in what the 3 different ways are.
Brian:
It came with three short plug-in "pigtails":
  • small battery post clamps
  • cigarette lighter plug
  • eyes to fit over the threaded battery post terminals.
Paul
08-05-2010 04:42 PM
sailingdog Harbor Freight used to sell a 30 amp rigid panel that comes with a small charge controller. I use this panel as my winter maintenance charging panel.
08-05-2010 04:25 PM
mitiempo I'd be interested in what the 3 different ways are.
08-05-2010 04:15 PM
AE28 Can't comment on the flexible style, but I just bought a 15A rigid panel at Tractor Supply. It was approx $120 and had a controller, blocker diode and three different ways to connect to the battery.
You should also check Harbor Freight Tools, Home Depot and Lowe's.
Paul
08-05-2010 03:25 PM
ffiill For many years now I have had a small solar panel,mounted on my sliding hatch-it charges two 80 AH deep cycling batteries.Again no engine charger.
It quite happily keeps batteries topped up for weekend sailing and powers up a small bilge pump which the wooden sixty five year old boat needs.In fact one of the batteries deserves an award-its well over 10 years old!
08-04-2010 03:32 PM
cdhickey Thanks for the suggestions- it looks like solar might be a decent longer term option. Any suggestions on reliable suppliers for the flex panels?

@SVAuspicious - we've got US standard 30A outlets on the dock.
08-03-2010 03:53 PM
bubb2 I agree with the solar recommendation. Your back will thank you for it!
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