Batteries to power fridge

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 19:38
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I have a Mitsubishi challenger 2005 model cant fit dual batteries under the bonnet. wanting to run an evakool fridge. any ideas on the best way to go could someone help me. Connected the fridge to a spare battery but the fridge has an auto cut out when the battery gets to 10.5 volts.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:08

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:08
Fit a battery pack in the back. FLYER or THUMPER

Regards

Derek.
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Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:21

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:21
Carolyn

I had a triton which is very similar under the bonnet. I got a dual battery fitted by ARB Midland, the tray was a order in, and there was some relocation of items under the bonnet. The carbon canister got move to the other side. It fitted on the passenger side against the firewall.


Hope this helps

Alan

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Reply By: Ballfyboy - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 23:36

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 23:36
Carolyn,
check out the link below. There are lots of interesting things for us Challenger owners. I have a Pirana tray fitted under the bonnet it comes with good instructions (you have to relocate a few things). I installed a lifeline AGM battery and Rotronics 2 stage system. I love it and have had no problems to date. I run a engel 40l fridge.

www.pajeroclub.com.au/home/publicforum/
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Follow Up By: CarolynWA - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:25

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:25
What year is your Challenger? i dont think i have the room because of the ABS?
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:31

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:31
Hey Carolyn. We have a Challenger up at the work shop at the moment that has a second battery that sits on the fire wall on the passenger side.

It looks like it was meant to go there.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: CarolynWA - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:46

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:46
What model is your Challenger? Mine is 2005 LS. I cant see were i could fit second battery other than in the back of vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:50

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:50
It's not mine, I am working at Mobil Jabiru at the minute waiting for the season to start.

I will look tomorrow and if I remember to take the Camera, I will post a photo tomorrow night .

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Ballfyboy - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:05

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:05
It will fit. As I said you will need to relocate a few things. They are the cruise control & charcoal filter. All instructions are included although it took me considerably longer than the 1.5h mentioned on the instructions. As mentioned by Steve it goes on the passanger side fire wall and I put the existing crank battery in it. I took the plastic surround from the original battery position and put it in the recycle bin. I put a 105h Lifeline AGM onto the existing battery tray with some nonslip mat under it. I bought some very expensive heat shield from repco and bent it myself to help protect the battery (AGM) from some of the engine heat. At over $500 for a Lifeline battery I thought it prudent. My Rotronics system is divided into 3 components. One is located in the engine bay against the left guard. The brain is under the front passenger seat and the little control switch is jammed (perfect fit) into the spare din slot under the radio, the one with the cover so no bad people can see it. All up a very neat installation. I monitor the battery voltage with a portable volt meter so you know the SOC of the battery. I hope this covers everything. Oh I forgot it cost quite a lot of money but it works great and will hopefully last a long time. I went this direction as I do lots of small drives, 20 to 30 min, to get a coffee or go down the beach fishing. The Rotronics pumps lots of charge and the Lifeline takes lots of charge so it usually fully recharges in that time. My mate has a different setup which suites him as he has different objectives (and it cost half as much)
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Reply By: CarolynWA - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 21:26

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 21:26
Hey thanks all for your info. Have decided to put a AGM Battery in rear. with a Redarc isolater..
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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:07

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:07
Carolyn,
Make sure it's a Deep Cycle AGM battery, not just a Heavy Duty Cranking AGM battery.

IMO "mechanical solenoids" are not as reliable as "Electronic Battery Isolators", an yes I do say that from personal experience !!

Mainey . . .
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Reply By: CarolynWA - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:47

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 11:47
Thanks i am looking at a DC AGM Fullriver Battery and a Redarc
isolator. Do you think the Redarc will be ok Its $120.
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