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Old    toddkerschbaumer (tktige)      Join Date: Aug 2003       08-13-2003, 11:29 AM Reply   
I am new to this forum and was looking for some info on installing a second battery on a 2001 Tige' 21V Limited. My theory is 2nd Battery in series more Amps same voltage. I have contacted Tige' Tech Support on this matter and they feel that all you need is a dual battery selector switch. Has anyone done this and do you need to up grade to a lager altinator.

Thanks TK
Old    Migitty Matt (migitty)      Join Date: Aug 2001       08-13-2003, 12:15 PM Reply   
I think the hellroaring isolator/combiner is a better way to go than the Perko switches. They are smarter and idiot proof. Check out www.hellroaring.com.
Old    Jonathan French (rock_n_boardin)      Join Date: May 2003       08-13-2003, 2:44 PM Reply   
I have the battery selector switch on our 22I. Run the stereo on position or battery one. If it runs down "only happened once" you can switch it to both batteries and start the engine. Leave it on both batteries and it will charge battery one while running off battery 2.

So it gives you the following choices

Batteries turned OFF
Run on battery 1
Run on battery 2
Run on both batteries
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       08-13-2003, 6:46 PM Reply   
Todd:

Right idea, wrong term. Two batteries in series, the voltage adds, same current. Two batteries in parallel, same voltage, double the current. Batteries in parallel will have like terminals connected together ( positive to positive, negative to negative).

To answer the question about the alternator,
why do you need more current?

Battery size and alternator size are not really related. The battery should be large enough to run your equipement for the period of time when the engine isn't running, plus enough reserve to get you started again.

The alternator should be large enough to supply all the current you will need to power your equipment while the engine is running, plus enough to recharge your battery in a reasonable amount of time.

Let's say you need to supply 30 amps to your stereo, plus the 10 amps or so the stock engine, insturments, blower, etc. uses. The alternator would need to put out at least 40 amps just to keep up. If you sat idle for 20 minutes with the stereo on, you would have drawn 10 amp-hours out of your battery, so when you start up again you will want to replace that ASAP. If your typical ski run lasts an hour, you could get by with 10 more amps to charge the battery back up, so a 50 amp alternator would be the minimum.

Okay, now you add that second battery. This allows you to run the stereo for an hour before you are in danger of not being able to start. It also means that you are down 30 amp-hours, that if you don't replace it on your next run you will be in trouble the next time you sit for an hour.

For this sceanario, you will need at least a 70 amp-hour alternator.

Going to bigger and bigger batteries can delay the time when you are finally dead, but in the long run the alternator has to keep up. If your runs are shorter than an hour, or you spend a lot of the time idling (when alternators won't put out anywhere near their rated output) you will need a larger alternator to compensate.



Old    toddkerschbaumer (tktige)      Join Date: Aug 2003       08-14-2003, 6:55 AM Reply   
Guys,
Thanks for the info on the isolator and on the wiring. I need more AMPS for my sound system. Tige' puts in a Clarion stock system, but you got to add a little more punch. The sub really works over my sigle battery. My last boat had dual batteries and it's nice to have a back up. No need to have a jumper box on board. I have a 400watt amp on the sub and running the tower speakers. I want to add another 400 watt amp just for the tower speakers and run the sub on its seperate 400 watt amp. Any ideas on how I wire should the amps?

Thanks Again TK

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