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bigorange

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Posted: 07/16/20 11:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RoyB wrote:

I have had good luck with the BLUE SEA Rotary Battery Switches. These are sealed to prevent internal arcing... Like the idea of the using good same length cables with ring terminals connection
Blue Sea switches and cables purchased from AMAZON...

Roy Ken


Agree. Very pleased with Blue Sea and they surface mount nicely.


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AnEv942 wrote:

Most any of the battery switches that have protruding dial section would be easily flush mounted. Require making mounting ring attached to back side of wall, screwing switch to it from back side. Or if you don't mind screws showing just a spacer on back side (if panel not thick enough) between switch and wall and screw/nut thru all, like many marine applications.
I have the round Perko style, no ears, so would end up a bit recessed on 1/8" panel. Doesn't really lend itself to flush mounting. To flush mount it Id separate dial face label and knob, mount with shaft thru panel, stick label on panel reattach knob. Have to get creative on mounting spacer for no visible screws.

Is there a thread showing what coveredwagon did?


There might be, it was some years ago, and I got to take a look at it in person at a BBQ in Coverwagon's neck of the woods with budster and crew.

What Covered did was used two individual selectors so that he could select a battery for usage while dry camping while the second selector would be used to focus the charger on the depleted battery to reduce the amount of generator run time per day.

The way it worked would be if you set both knobs to 1+2, both batteries were connected to the house and the charger.

If you selected say 1+1, the charger would power the house plus focus charging on that battery. If you set it to 1+2, the house would draw on battery one while the charger's energy went solely into battery 2's charging needs, with no loss from usage loads.

If a battery failed while out, you could easily cut it from the system all together by simply changing what the knobs were set to.


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On the Blue Seas Selectors, is there any advantage in the E series over the M Series, other than a little bit more capacity?

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A bit spendy:
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bighatnohorse wrote:

A bit spendy:
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Yeah, that's an AC Shore power selector with Generator detection [emoticon].

We're working in all low voltage DC 12 volt on this part [emoticon].

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For the cleanest install with perhaps the shortest wire runs, look at the Blue Sea Systems remote control switches if you have two banks use two switches.

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bigorange wrote:

RoyB wrote:

I have had good luck with the BLUE SEA Rotary Battery Switches. These are sealed to prevent internal arcing... Like the idea of the using good same length cables with ring terminals connection
Blue Sea switches and cables purchased from AMAZON...

Roy Ken


Agree. Very pleased with Blue Sea and they surface mount nicely.


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CaFordGuy wrote:

For the cleanest install with perhaps the shortest wire runs, look at the Blue Sea Systems remote control switches if you have two banks use two switches.


Only got the one bank of two group 31s, longest run of wire from the switches is six feet from where the switches go in to the dinnette seat compartments where the batteries are stored (Yes they are vented to the outside)

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bigorange wrote:

RoyB wrote:

I have had good luck with the BLUE SEA Rotary Battery Switches. These are sealed to prevent internal arcing... Like the idea of the using good same length cables with ring terminals connection
Blue Sea switches and cables purchased from AMAZON...

Roy Ken


Agree. Very pleased with Blue Sea and they surface mount nicely.


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They are very nice switches, I ordered one each of the red and black M Series units, though I didn't realize they don't come with the bolt hardware for attachment, so I'll need to get some.

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