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Forum: Electrical Systems   07-21-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,740
Posted By Colin A
Re: Can batteries be wired in series AND parallel?

I prefer the converter setup personally. But there are ways to do it. I have seen a number of systems using Vanner Battery Equalizers (http://www.vanner.com/battery-equalizers/) They work in theory...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-09-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,675
Posted By Colin A
Re: Removing a birds nest behind the panel!

Most breakers fail open when they go. On occasion with an extreme overload a breaker may weld shut. This is why ABYC started to include AIC (ampere interrupt current) ratings into their standard, on...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-07-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 991
Posted By Colin A
Re: Battery charger - small, medium, or large?

In your use 10 amps may be fine but it would depend on your loads. I'm installing a 10 amp charger on a family members 30' shortly. The boat lives on a mooring and has no refrigeration the only draws...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-07-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By Colin A
Re: Wire chase source?

For places with access I like the paduit wireway for neatness....
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-07-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 1,675
Posted By Colin A
Re: Removing a birds nest behind the panel!

Most of the marine breakers with a toggle handle are Hydraulic magnetic. The push to rest are mostly thermal. Blue sea world breakers AKA Carling A series are the most common that I have seen. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems   02-07-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,864
Posted By Colin A
Re: Considerations for Upgrading Electrical System

I would just think about what you may realistically want to use on AC power away from the dock. I think having at least a small inverter onboard is a good idea. But if you don;t really have any loads...
Forum: Electrical Systems   02-06-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,864
Posted By Colin A
Re: Considerations for Upgrading Electrical System

I find that most inverters are used for convenience outlets (plugging in a laptop or toaster or blender). The heaviest load I usually see is a microwave. (which does draw alot) I'm now of the school...
Forum: Electrical Systems   02-06-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,381
Posted By Colin A
Re: 50A Splitters/ Dual 30A Shore Power

As mentioned you need a panel for each shore power inlet. Some times this is done on two panels some times it's done by using two columns of a single panel (and wiring it as two separate panels)...
Forum: Electrical Systems   11-20-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,352
Posted By Colin A
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

I would replace the panel. By the time you get all new switches of good quality you are going to be awful close to the price of a new panel.
Forum: Electrical Systems   08-05-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,712
Posted By Colin A
Re: Marinetics LPG Control Panel

I agree it looks like a standard panel mount fuse holder. You can check places like Grainger Del City and Newark electronics as they may have a larger selection than you local marine store if you...
Forum: Electrical Systems   08-02-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,712
Posted By Colin A
Re: Marinetics LPG Control Panel

Depends on what's wrong with it. The fuse holder and switch look like off the shelf items so it shouldn't be too bad. If you take it out and shoot a picture I may be able to guide you on sources for...
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