low voltage cut out

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002 at 01:00
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i am in the process of getting an arb dual battery smart soleniod system fitted to my rodeo and was wondering if it was worth the extra $158 to install a low voltage cut out on the system considering i am already spending $800 on the setup
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Reply By: Joe - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
Luke,

I faced the same question when I had my dual battery system fitted, but for me the answer was easy. As the fridge (which is my main reason for getting the second battery) has its own low voltage cutout I didn't feel it was necessary.

A buddy of mine uses a 12 volt fan powered from his battery and he finds that the fan starts protesting when the battery charge drops much so he has a built in safeguard there as well.

So, the question is what do you intend to run off this system?

Joe
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Follow Up By: Luke - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
joe i am only running a 39l engel fridge from it
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Reply By: Mike - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
Luke, I had the battery cut-out fitted as extra insurance. It hasn't operated yet but I believe it will protect my fridge and other equipment from low voltage damage. Incidentally, mine is a Pirhana unit which cost less than $100. Happy trails, Mike.
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Follow Up By: Luke - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
mike the price of that unit does it include fitting
regards luke
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Follow Up By: Mike - Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00
Luke, as it was fitted while the cables for rear accessory outlets (Fridge & 1 other) was being installed, the cost was negligable. Mike.
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Follow Up By: Mike - Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00
Luke, as it was fitted while the cables for rear accessory outlets (Fridge & 1 other) was being installed, the cost was negligable. Mike.
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Reply By: Joe - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
Ah yes, the Engel fridge!

Engel have a separate low voltage cutout available for use with their fridges. They are pretty much alone in offering this as an after market accessory. Check out the pricing on that device too, but if it is close to the pricing for the ARB (or Pirhana/TJM etc) cutouts then I would stick with them instead.

Joe
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Reply By: Mark - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2002 at 01:00
Luke,
If you have a second battery (isolated) then you are probably more concerned with damaging the battery/fridge than starting the car? so why not buy a cheaper inline voltage cutout from Kmart (around $20). I used one of these when I hired an Engel fridge on occasion, worked fine most of the time although it did cut in a bit late once and I had to get a jump as I only had a single battery. Should be fine to stop the battery getting completely discharged though. Has ciq plug/sockets attached also so quite handy.
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Follow Up By: Mike - Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 17, 2002 at 01:00
Mark, you were lucky you had someone to jump start you. Unfortunately too many people take these cheap alternatives, with bad results. If the product failed you once, it will again, so maybe you should have saved your money. Sorry if I sound cynical but you get what you pay for and if it's not going to work, don't waste your money. Happy trails, Mike.
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