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Old 04-04-2014, 06:53 PM
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:40 PM
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I have a 2002 Prostar 209 and I have the blue Seas 9001e switch( 4 position OFF, 1, 2 or 1+2) that I wanted to install. My problem seems to be around the current positive pole of the single battery that was there.

I took the amp connections off the starter battery and moved to the house battery. I then had a positive cable from each battery to the switch and a ground cable between the negative posts on each battery. The only thing remaining was to move something from the start battery to the 1+2 post on the switch.

There are 2 cables remaining from the original setup on the positive post of my battery. One cable goes to the starter and has the regular battery post connector on it and the other one looks to go to the fuse box/ignition under the dash.

Are both of these cables supposed to go to common post? If so, then it appears that I need to cut off the regular battery post connector to put on a ring connector(I don't particularly want to do this)
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:13 PM
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:55 PM
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well, in answer to your question, I had the cables connected to the switch, but not to the + post on the batteries yet. I was just laying things out to understand it all and when I got to what needed to go to the 1+2 or the common connection, that is where I started looking at the 2 cables left on the battery and figured that the one that goes to the starter had to go to the common post.... and I didn't want to cut any ends off.

I have read through the thread and looked at a bunch of schematics. But for some reason, the last step isn't clicking yet.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:03 PM
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:17 PM
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:24 PM
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:38 PM
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My last step, is what you show with the "hot from Terminal to starter" cable above. I will need to cut the battery post end off the existing wire and put on one of the O-ring connectors to connect it to the switch.

With the kit that I bought, I don't have the isolation switch(black box) that you show.

Thanks for the info. I think I need to read the thread again to see if I will use this switch or do it a different way.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:49 AM
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I think you can now see the benefit of the KISS principle. An isolation switch as the original poster stated is really all you need. The bank switch only makes it more complicated and expensive. Were I to do it again, I'd not mess with the bank switch.
Well said. I did the original install and it's been completely "no-touch" foolproof. Never have to think about it (unless of course at some point the relay fails, in which case the ONLY downside is the house/stereo battery doesn't get charged by the alternator). Cheaper too.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:35 PM
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OK I need the dual batt setup. I just bought a 197 with 1500w of amps and one battery, trouble waiting to happen. What I've gotten from this thread:

-use the BW isolator. KISS. there will be other people driving this boat, I do not want to have to go thru battery tutorials with them.

-you should use two of the same batteries, although it would be nice to have a deep cycle as the house battery.

-there will be unavoidable strain on the alternator while charging the two batteries when the boat is running. boo hoo.

Question:

-Do I need to rewire the stereo switch to the house batt so that the amps & stereo turn on when flipping the stereo switch, and all pull from the house batt? Otherwise, if I just connect the amps to the house batt, won't the stereo still draw from the starting batt when the key is in the off position?

-When running a dual battery setup in this manner, is it wise to replace the alternator ever so often as preventative maintenance insurance? No one wants to get stranded........

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