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Plug/recepticle for kicker battery hookup
|Author||Topic: Plug/recepticle for kicker battery hookup|
posted 10-15-2005 01:44 PM ET (US)
I've got a 9.9 hp. Yamaha outboard that I use as a kicker motor on a 21' Conquest. It came with a long battery cable, that is difficult to run to the battery enclosure-under the aft seat-it doesn't fit through the main cable port that serves the big motor. Has anyne installed a plug-recepticle system for easy plug-in conection, for a set up like this. I see various plug and recepticle options at West Marine but would like to hear any other ideas, solutionsor problems out there, before commiting to one.
posted 10-16-2005 01:16 PM ET (US)
Are you asking about a weather proof battery connector? Do you plan on installing and removing the 9.9-HP auxiliary motor on a frequent basis?
posted 10-17-2005 03:24 PM ET (US)
Yes to both. The connector has to stand up to salt water use. And yes, the kicker is removed a couple of times during the season.
posted 10-19-2005 01:05 AM ET (US)
Consider a trolling motor connector plug, but be sure it is rated for at least as much amperage as your starter motor. I'm using them for my electric downriggers.
posted 10-24-2005 12:19 PM ET (US)
I just put a charging kit on my kicker, and I ran the wires to the main motor and hooked them up onto it. I just ordered a Ancor dry seal connector to use so that I can disconnect the two. This thing is pricey, but it looks like it will work well. The connector is rated to 400V AC and to 15 amps, so I think that will handle the 4 amp charger on the kicker. I am planning on leaving them hooked up most of the time, but I like the idea of being able to disconnect the two easily if I need to take off the kicker. I will let you know how I like this connector when I get it. I might use the same connector for my stern light if it proves to be good enough.
posted 10-24-2005 08:25 PM ET (US)
OK thanx-please let me know how it works. Any other ideas will be appreciated.
posted 10-25-2005 08:43 PM ET (US)
whalercop: is the starter current going through that plug?
If so, it will be over 15A, even for the little kicker.
posted 10-26-2005 10:10 AM ET (US)
just charging, no starter
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