rotronics battrey system or not

Submitted: Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 17:03
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hi all ready to install second batt. im my landcruiser rotronics see to have a good system, does anayone have one of these independent batt. set ups, went to a guy today he want 1200 bucks to set up, the batt.is 100amp hour lifeline agm thanks stan.
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Reply By: rash - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:06

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:06
Stan........a "hersey switch" will cost you about $60 and YOU HAVE CONTROL

Rash
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Follow Up By: rash - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:09

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:09
Should have explained.........this is a manual switch where you can switch between batts or use both together
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:28

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 18:28
$300 for my Remco AGM, $220 for redarc isolator+wiring+crimps+Anderson plugs. $50 for battery box, single pole plug and a cig lighter socket. $0 for fitting, did it myself. = $630 left to other toys.
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:06

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 19:06
You can cut the cost by 1/2 if you do the install yourself,, its not rocket science ,basic tools, rotronics + AGM ,BEAUUUUUUUTIFUL.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:00

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 20:00
Yup, so easy to do. If you've ever put a battery in a torch it's just a bigger version. :-)
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Reply By: Member - John C - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:20

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:20
Have had rotronics for 12 mths - no problems. It all made sense to me at the time when researching and I was convinced it did a better job.

Are now just switching to an AGM. Cost sounds about right. Those batts are $300 odd.

John
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Reply By: Groove - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:25

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:25
A rotronics unit should only cost you about $200 more than a manual switch or solenoid

The cost of a second battery, tray, cabling and installation are the same regardless of what device you use to do the switching.

The basic rotronics units are about $240. I have never really felt that the rotronics units are as overpiriced as some say they are.

Mine and many in my clubs have never failed, I have never heard of one failing, they are good gear.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: stans truck - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:58

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 21:58
ok guys sounds all good so far the unit is fully auto system the guy quoted me $500 just for the unit,wondering if some one could me where i can buy all the bits i need i live in adelaide ,or can i buy direct from rotronics
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Follow Up By: Groove - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:03

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:03
I got minehere. It was delivered promptly. I didnt buy there wiring harness I made my own from cables sourced from my loacal BIAS boating shop.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Groove - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:03

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:03
mmm link didnt work
try here
http://www.4wdshop.com.au/recovery/rotronic.htm
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:19

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:19
Yep - my Rotronics unit is fine - did it myself several years back - seems a winner - its great to have the auto on/off aspect - you can concentrate on other things and your main battery nevers get flattened. You do need to have some knowledge of the drama that can emerge from poor wiring practices though - advice from someone who's been there would be good if you are not into vehicle wiring - the $ you are talking seems way over the top.... someone is hanging in there for a good feed off you !
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:39

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 22:39
And if your Bris based your laughing,,Rotronics= brisbane ,,,need help to instal ., giveme a call. 32693231
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 06:14

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 06:14
My Rotronics MH10 works very well. It is simple and efficient.

Unit $240
Battery holder $90
Battery 700cca $130(4years old at the time of installation now 7)
Jumper cables sourced self $20
Self installation $0 as someone has mentioned its not rocket science, just follow the instructions.

Total $480

Too easy
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Reply By: Ferret - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 15:49

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 15:49
Someone on here recommended a mob called Traxide when I was looking at a redarc. I now have one from them and couldn't be happier. The bloke is really helpfull and despite me shorting it out when I installed it he fixed/replaced it no probs and no charge. Has what he called a 2 year idiot warranty in that if you stuff when you install it, it is still covered.
Scott
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Reply By: Mainey... - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 23:01

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 23:01
Stan’s question is; (Quote) does anyone have one of these "independent" battery set ups(end quote)

The basic entry level MH10 and even the larger capacity RDA12 are only basic 'parallel' battery charge/isolators, the various "independent" two and three stage models are definitely more expensive as they are 'virtually' two independent chargers/isolators within the same case, and charge both batteries ‘independently’ of each other, the batteries are not charged in parallel as in almost all other systems, including the basic mechanical solenoid, 'smart' solenoids and also electronic isolators.
Price wise I believe the entry level “independent” model can be had for around 450 and is as easy to install as any basic solenoid. I would not use the ‘display monitor’ and/or ‘low voltage monitor’ if you have a low voltage cut-out system on the fridge, as they are only telling you the system is working ok, and I can assure you the technology built into these “independent” units work without you watching them.

They are way out there in a class of their own, recharging the auxiliary battery in much less time than a parallel system charge/isolator!
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