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Old 12-31-2013, 07:21 PM
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What's the black box with the yellow stripe in the middle?
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That'd be a Blue Seas Automatic Charging Relay if I am not mistaken.
Correct...it is the relay. The switch above it is what I would not install had I to do it again. There is a relay switch that is in Diesel's original thread that works just fine. Less wire required, less space taken, less cost, etc.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ead.php?t=3557

A third battery is nothing more than another parallel bank onto the second auxiliary battery. Add a third smart charger too.

It's nothing but a money pit.......

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:48 PM
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Explanation of switch and ACR setup:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4830QsybbM

Seems to be a youtube for everything now days...
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:02 PM
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^ great video. Explains a lot, and seems to be an easy way to wire everything up. Utube is incredible in how-to's and DIY projects
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:57 PM
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Costco and Sam's have group 27 deep cycle marine/rv batteries that are 115Ah for pretty cheap. I think they were around $85 last time I checked. They are the best deal I've seen.

I've have 2 of them in parallel running the stereo. I think I've only run out of juice once or twice after playing them for 8+ hours. I have a guest 2610 charger on them. I didn't bother with an acr. I have the amps wired directly to the deep cycle batteries. I still have the batteries connected to the perko, so I can bring them in to start the boat if the starting battery were to fail.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:58 PM
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Correct...it is the relay. The switch above it is what I would not install had I to do it again. There is a relay switch that is in Diesel's original thread that works just fine. Less wire required, less space taken, less cost, etc.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ead.php?t=3557

A third battery is nothing more than another parallel bank onto the second auxiliary battery. Add a third smart charger too.

It's nothing but a money pit.......

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I did the relay switch as described by Diesel and it's a great solution. I like the convenience of never have to remember putting switches in the right position,etc.--the ignition key is the switch. As for charging I currently use a single bank Promariner for just the house battery. The start battery gets relatively little use and is typically topped off by the alternator as we run home each day. Once there I do charge and maintain the house batt as it gets more discharged while floating, playing music and running other accessories.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:07 PM
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So you went with the same Borg Warner R3098 as Diesel? Where did ya get it, a local auto parts store?
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:11 PM
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Hey Tristarboarder,

That is the one and i believe I ordered it online from Advance Autoparts. Installed mine up under my dash. This put it very close to my house battery which is forward of the driver footwell. Big pain wrestling the battery into that spot but does not take up valuable storage on my 197!

Looks like O'Reilly has 'em for $42.

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Old 01-01-2014, 03:54 PM
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Awesome, thanks. I think I am gonna go that route...I currently have the typical 2 battery/perko switch setup, but I want to be able to just go out and not have to switch back and forth and worry about dead batteries etc.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:21 PM
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One advantage to having a traditional dual-bank battery switch, is the ability to use the house bank as a backup starting battery. Eliminating that switch in place of a continuous-duty solenoid, prevents this. Just some food for thought. That same solenoid can be used injunction with with switch.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:31 PM
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Oh for sure. When I bought my xstar, it had the switch and 2 new batteries all nicely wired up; looks like it was done right. I am just going to add the solenoid, a permanently mounted charger or 2 with an add on extension cord for the plug-in feed for shore charging and be done with it.
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