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Thread: Blue Sea Add A Battery Install
12-13-2009, 11:57 AM #1
Blue Sea Add A Battery Install
Thought I would share some pics of my add a battery install - it's a work in progress. I cut a hole behind the battery switch and ran the battery cables thru it for easier cable routing and a cleaner look (both batteries will go behind the panel that the battery switch and ACR are mounted on). I am using thermal circuit breakers all around instead of fuses (thanks for that tip Razz!). One thing I learned is that you can use 2/0 welding cable instead of 2/0 battery cable. It's a lot more flexible (uses much finer strands compared to battery cable) and easier to work with and is about the same price. I only needed a couple of feet to go from the battery to the battery switch.
BTW, all of the speaker wires hanging on the left is the stock wiring that I am replacing. Have not gotten around to cutting them yet.
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12-13-2009, 04:05 PM #2
Welding cable is a great idea! looks good keep us posted.
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12-14-2009, 03:41 PM #3
what the heck is welding cable? Looks like thick power cables for car audio?
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12-14-2009, 03:56 PM #4
Welding cable is the cable used to connect the welding rod holder to the welder. It has to be flexible so that it can be coiled up for storage. They accomplish this by using much finer copper strands (but the same overall thickness) as battery cable as well as a more flexible insulation material. I went to a small local shop that replaces batteries and works on alternators looking to buy battery cable and he suggested the welding cable. He says they use it all the time for battery cable. Cost was $6/ft for 2/0 which is a little cheaper than NAPA sells 2/0 battery cable for.Al
2006 Mobius LSV
12-16-2009, 11:01 PM #5
03-05-2011, 09:55 AM #6Junior Member
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Great pics of your upgrade. I am new to the boards. I have 2000 Outback LS and adding a battery and looking to redo the whole battery setup. Can you help me with why the thermal circuit breakers are the way to go?
03-05-2011, 11:16 AM #7
A fuse or circuit breaker as shown is generally used for the protection of the boat (rather than the amplifiers) in the event of an accident, boating or otherwise. For example, before a 4 or 2-gauge wire would burn through from a direct short it could potentially start a fire. So the amplifier(s) fuse or breaker should be located very close to the battery, battery switch or switching solenoid.
Most people will use a fuse in a sealed holder up to around 60 amps. But after that most will graduate up to circuit breakers. There is a cheap and quality version of anything but in a quality circuit breaker its sealed and ignition-proof when it trips and is less prone to corrosion than a fuse. We only use quality breakers and haven't had a single failure in over 10 years of having a dedicated marine division.
03-05-2011, 01:37 PM #8
Al, what is the black item right under the battery switch?, then what is the next item down?
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03-05-2011, 01:56 PM #9
A voltage sensing relay (automatic stereo battery combiner/separator) followed by what appears to be two unused breakers at the moment.
03-05-2011, 07:16 PM #10Junior Member
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What kind of Thermal Curcuit breakers in these pics? Trying to find them online for my system...