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OT: Van power
ademmert
4/03/2013
12:16:36 PM
Hi

Has anyone set up a second battery in there car/van that charges of the alternator and solar panels and can offer any advise on how easy/hard it was.
Or direct me to any good how to sites?
Cheers
Adam
argos44
4/03/2013
4:41:31 PM
Easiest way to do it is install a Redarc dual battery isolator. This will allow your second battery to be charged when your car is running, but disconnect from your main battery when you stop. Then you can fit a small solar power charging regulator between the solar panel and 2nd battery.

Email me if you need more info


Jasonmc44 at gmail.com

sliamese
4/03/2013
4:54:25 PM
thanks for the info, pretty keen on something similar! Im a complete electrical bumbly however...

How much space would said battery take up? not much more than the actual battery? Any idea on a rough price for this?
argos44
4/03/2013
5:39:24 PM
What's the battery to power? If it's for a car fridge you probably want a deep cycle battery. Aftermarket 4wd companies sell specific model engine bay battery mounts for most 4wds. I know in The NT you are not allowed to have a battery thats vented into the cabin of your car. So if you have a van you might need to sort that out.

Solenoid $100 on eBay
Battery $250-400
Cable $50
Dual battery box or mount $50-200
Solar regulator (jaycar) $30

That's doing it properly.


maadness
4/03/2013
7:05:57 PM
I use a portable jump start pack, can recharge on 240 or 12v and is portable, which can be handy.
argos44
4/03/2013
7:42:55 PM
That's another option. Few of the car fridge company's sell portable power (battery) packs.

kieranl
4/03/2013
7:59:05 PM
Adam,
I'm an electronics gumby so got my dual-battery system installed for me but here's a link to some articles on the ExplorOz site about dual battery setups and solar power :

http://www.exploroz.com/Articles/Vehicles/Power___Electics/Default.aspx
ademmert
5/03/2013
1:55:39 PM
Thanks Guys

I want to power a fridge and a couple of lights as well as charge a couple of laptops, camera and phone batteries.

Will be living in the Van for up to 10 months so want to get it right. probably have to drive on average every other day to the crag etc. some times not some times a lot more, that's why i was thinking solar might be a good addition.

Any other thoughts appreciated.
Cheers
Adam
dopplershift
5/03/2013
6:47:30 PM
There is a pretty comprehensive guide here.



ademmert
6/03/2013
3:37:25 PM
Thanks

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