Second Battery Circuit Break location....

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 11:17
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G'day all....

My D22 came with a second battery just in front of the passenger in the engine bay and a solenoid push button to get it into series for cold starts. I believe this was stock for the asia built D22s. Anyway, i've run heavy cable from the charge controller to an anderson plug in the tub for my sidewinder battery box holding a 100AH deep cycle. I wasnt sure how the 2 different type and size batts woud go in the charge department so I temporarily remove the leads from the stock second batt and just tape and bag em and cable tie em safe so that when needed I can hook up and start her up.

I want to put a circuit breaker somewhere in the cabin so I can isolate the battery, effectively taking it out of the equation and allowing the deep cycle to charge when touring, and then put it back in the picture when I just need it to start and maybe give it a charge every now and then.

I'd like the breaker easily at hand in the cabin so the cable run would potentially be 2-3 metres either way.
I'd considered relays and so-on but I like to keep it mechanical and simple and dry to.

What are peoples ideas on this solution?

Specific cable suggestions?
Tips and tricks?
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Reply By: Fatso - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 12:23

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 12:23
Hi 32
Not sure if this is the best option available, but a bloke I once worked for used to run his second battery switching manually with one of those battery isolator switches often used in boats. The type where you can choose either battery, both batteries or no battery connection at all. Not sure of brand, model or name, but they are common.
His was mounted in front of the drivers seat on the floor.
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Follow Up By: 32 - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 20:24

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 20:24
Thats pretty much what I'm looking at. Can you get me any info on the switch and cable he used by chance mate?
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:30

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:30
Sorry 32, not in touch with that old boss any more. Only because of time & distance. He was a good boss & we got on well.
The switch he used was probably an earlier version of this one at Whitworths. I hope the link works. Might have to copy & paste.

https://www.whitworths.com.au/main_itemdetail.asp?cat=123&item=84390&intAbsolutePage=1
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Follow Up By: Muntoo - Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 19:52

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 19:52
Cole Hersee switch your after.

Hella also make a good one.
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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 13:22

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 13:22
My son has the same Nissan D22 with the second battery, but I'm interested in where this push button solenoid is, I have never seen it. What I did was fit a marine 2nd battery charging system, the type that bolts straight to any battery & when the first battery charge is full & then lets the 2nd (in this case a third) battery charge works fine (cost about $90.00) i ve used this system for years to charge 3rd battery in camper/caravan etc on several 4wd & never had a problem.
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Follow Up By: 32 - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 20:26

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 20:26
The solenoid button in my truck is just down to the righ tof the steeringcolumn in the plastic lower dash plastic. Its a black push button about the size of a 5c piece. You push and hold it to engage the solenoid, start the car, then release it to open the solenoid again.
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Reply By: Member - Rodney B- Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:21

Thursday, Jul 21, 2011 at 12:21
Try this site . http://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/product_list/30
The first one is what I have been using for years to do just what you want.
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