Have you ever caught a “metery” or a “horse” (both of course are expressions for a bloody big barramundi) and have you ever wondered what a dual battery system could do for your lifestyle? If you have then read on.
Recently my son and I went fishing for the ever elusive barra, unfortunately it didn’t end well. Just as we were about to haul a monster barra onto the boat and were prematurely celebrating our success , the most enormous croc floated past and decided he wanted our “horse” more than us. With one mighty leap, a snap and a splash we were left with a beautiful big barra head at the end of the line and nothing else. Might have made a good fish head stew perhaps? I guess that will teach us to celebrate before landing it.
Fishing over, back to camp, only to find the beer is hot because the battery running the 12 volt fridge has gone flat and of course that is the battery used to start the vehicle also. Thank goodness for mates and jump leads. Now if we had a dual battery system at least we could have avoided the hot beer and jump start predicament.
Well they say a bad days fishing is better than a good day in the office?
Now for the serious stuff, there are various dual battery system set ups that you can have added to your vehicle that allow you to utilise your accessories without affecting your ability to start the vehicle.
A dual battery system allows one battery to run your accessories, eg a 12 volt fridge or perhaps an Invertor – to charge your computer or power tool batteries, IPOD etc. The second battery is used solely for starting your car.
Alternatively you can remain with your single battery set up but wire your vehicle accessories so the accessories only come on when the vehicle is running, this will prevent you flattening your battery. (Won’t keep the drinks cold though or run the inverter unless the car is running).
These same dual battery systems can be set up in your boat so you have cold soft drinks while on the water, listen to the radio to keep abreast of the cricket or footy scores or to run your night time spot lighting equipment, all without compromising the starting of your boat when it comes time to head back to camp for a cold beer.
There are various ways to wire up your dual battery system, taking advantage of various different components that are available on the market. Your auto electrician can provide you advice on what would be the best set up to suit your needs.
I would be happy to talk to you further about your dual battery requirements, for my contact details and to see what else I can do please visit www.terrysautoelectrical.com.au but sorry I can’t reveal the secret fishing spot.