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ContinuousWave: Small Boat Electrical
|Author||Topic: Battery Starter|
posted 08-22-2006 06:40 AM ET (US)
Does anyone have experience with a battery starter like the one at this link and are they recommended to carry on board and safe to use? The batteries on by 210 Ventura frequently don't maintain enough juice to start the motor after using an accessory like the radio or livewell pump even for a short time when the motor is not running and I feel the need to carry a battery starter or equivalent for safety reasons. Switching to "All" power has worked so far, but I need to be prepared for the day it doesn't.
posted 08-22-2006 08:25 AM ET (US)
Separate the house battery and its loads from the engine starting battery and the engine. Continued use of some auxiliary battery to jump start the engine is a very bad plan.
posted 08-22-2006 09:34 AM ET (US)
I carry one in my truck and it goes with me or in any other boat that I go out in. I consider it just as important as my handheld GPS and VHF radio. It will charge my VHF radio also. I got mine at Sam's Club for around $45. It has the jump start, tire inflator, 12 volt plug for cell phone charging/use and a LED light that puts out just enough light to rig lures while night fishing or inflating tires at night. I can't say enough good things about it. It has started my diesel truck on a warm morning. Not sure how it would do on a cold morning on that diesel. My brother just bought one for his truck after using mine to start his truck.
Sam's lists this new one but it is much larger than mine but has more features including an 120 volt inverter. The inverter would be great for home use when power is out or just to listen to a radio while working in the yard. Still much cheaper than calling SeaTow for a jump.
posted 08-22-2006 09:55 AM ET (US)
A VHF radio that's not transmitting shouldn't run down the
battery for at least a couple of days. They pull about
a half amp or less, and 60AH is a typical battery size.
Do the math.
posted 08-22-2006 10:00 AM ET (US)
You should have your batteries tested and probably replaced. They shouldn't run down with minimal usage. Carrying around a bootstrap solution is not the way to go.
posted 08-22-2006 10:24 AM ET (US)
Livewell pumps will draw down a battery and some motors won't start without a fully charged battery. I would do a full charge/load test to be sure of battery condition. Charge both of the batteries with a good charger. Test the batteries with a load tester like this one. If you have more than 4 batteries in your household, this little device will pay for itself in short order.
If the batteries are more than 3 years old and you venture off shore, new batteries should be at the top of your replacement list.
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