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Using One Charger For Two Different Battery Types, on Jul 05, 2018 asked:

I hate asking you questions as I'm not even a customer, but if you move to Monterey CA I promise to give you business. That said, I watched all of your basic electrical videos and spent at least an hour researching this before I wrote this email. I'm going to get 2 Firefly Oasis AGMs for my house bank and use my current AGM for a starter battery. If I get a solenoid switch to charge the batteries from the alternator, I won't sleep at night knowing that the starter battery isn't getting the correct 3 stage charge (assuming a 3 stage regulator is installed) as I will set the voltage sensing wire to house bank. Maybe I misunderstood Nigel Calder, but I think that's what he recommends. Now, he talks about the Stirling Power Alternator to the battery charger and I'm leaning in this direction. My question, is this just over the top? Will the starter battery not be significantly harmed by bulk charging if it's in parallel to the house bank by solenoid? Is there another Blueseas product I am overlooking? This seems like such a common configuration, I can't imagine I'm the only one struggling with this. Another solution I came up with, I'm not sure is safe or effective, can I run the alternator to a distribution block, then to two independent 3 stage regulators for each bank? -Steve

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How To Care For My Solar Panels, on May 31, 2018 asked:

My solar panels have been on my boat a few years now. I do clean them with fresh water occasionally to remove bird and other droppings. They are starting to fade a bit, could you wax them? Or would you recommend some other treatment. - Jaap

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Should My Battery Monitor Be Set For 12V or 24V?, on May 08, 2018 asked:

Changes to the electrical on the boat look great but I have a couple of questions. Is the battery monitor, monitoring the house batteries only? Should the battery monitor be set for 12v or 24v? Looking forward to getting out on the boat and testing everything out! - Dave

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How Many Battery Connections are Acceptable?, on Mar 29, 2018 asked:

I’ve recently watched some of your You Tube electrical videos and realize I have some no-no’s at my battery terminals. Is it acceptable to have more than one cable ‘stacked’ on each other at the terminal? For example, a starter cable, bus cable and battery charger cable? If not, what is the proper protocol? How do you determine the size of the cable going from a terminal to a bus (add up all the amperage of the devices being serviced)? Is there a schematic somewhere illustrating a typical marine battery hookup? I realize there is probably no typical hookup, but something that could be used as a guideline. - Brent

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What is the best controller for my two 160W solar panels?, on Mar 01, 2018 asked:

I watched your video on YouTube. I have just installed two 160W 12V solar panels, should I buy 2 PCM controllers or just one? Do you have a recommendation? House batteries are six 79AHr, AGM and I have an inverter with a smart charger. - Gary

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YouTube Video About The Common Ground On My Boat, on Feb 01, 2018 asked:

Hi Jeff, during one of your videos, you commented on the critical need for a chassis grounding cable, one size smaller than the supply cable. Where should this ground cable terminate? The engine, thru-hulls or somewhere else? Thanks so much for taking the time to produce these videos; they’re a great source of information and safety and they instill the need for professional expertise and at times installation, when working with marine electrical systems. Thanks again, Rick

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Crimp vs Solder, on Jan 02, 2018 asked:

I am rewiring my Ranger 23. When I tried to replace an instrument I found that the wiring was a tangle of wires. I have watched all your videos on marine wiring and you always crimp connections. Is there a reason you do not solder them? - Richard

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Do You Recommend The Victron 700 or Victron 702 Battery Monitor?, on Dec 04, 2017 asked:

Thank you for all of the electrical wiring videos on your website, they are a great help. I have a 1988 Catalina 30 with outdated and questionable wiring from the previous owner, so I'm upgrading. I have a two battery bank system (house and start). Do you recommend the Victron 700 (monitoring house only) or 702 (monitoring house and start batteries)? Thanks for all of your help. - Bruce

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Can I Heat Hot Water with an EFOY?, on Oct 31, 2017 asked:

Thank you for taking the time to chat with me the other day. While we were originally dead set on buying a CutWater with a generator we have moved forward with trying to go without. One question I forgot to ask. If all of my batteries are ripped off and I have an EFOY would it even be feasible to heat the hot water heater up using the inverter? - Scott

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Can I Add A Solar Panel To My Existing Array?, on Oct 03, 2017 asked:

Can I add a solar panel to my existing solar array? I have a 100W solar panel and a GV-10 solar controller installed on my boat. Can I add another panel without running a second set of wires? -Heidi

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