In either case, avoid moving engine parts if you start the engine with the hood raised or cover removed. This is an especially common problem with marine equipment, which frequently uses 24 volts, while many batteries are only 12 volts. Voltage potential is such that electric current will flow from a higher potential towards a lower potential in much the same way that water will flow from a high level to a lower level until it reaches equilibrium balances out on both sides. In addition to producing more thrust, this upgrade will also let you spend more time on the water, as the combination of two trolling motor batteries will last much longer before charging is required. Battery companies have spent a great deal of time in the development of trolling motor marine batteries.
You should follow the instructions supplied in the owner's manual or instruction sheet that came with the charger unit. Connect a jumper from the negative - post of battery B to the positive + post of battery C. This is a parallell connection. This allows you to be away from the battery when you complete the circuit in case it explodes. Read the specifications for your battery. In all cases, you're not going to charge it completely no matter the chemistry, but you might charge it anywhere from nothing to ~75% depending on the chemistry and the 6 volt charger's top voltage It's not 6 volts! A mechanic and truck driver for more than 40 years, Lowell is able to write knowledgeably on many automotive and mechanical subjects.
It is broken down into the four most common voltage systems for trolling motors. As a result, the over-drained battery is often unable to recover from the deep discharge, shortening its life. For most batteries, the positive post is thicker than the negative post. Consider this when purchasing your panels and sizing your battery bank. First you hook them up in pairs, positive-to-positive and negative-to-negative.
When jumpstarting a car you essentially give the dead battery just enough boost to start the engine and then rely on the alternator to charge the battery the rest of the way. To use two 12 volt batteries in a 24 volt system they must be wired in series. Higher amps are for fast charges in an emergency and will lower battery performance and life over time. Please remember to leave plenty of extra wire at each end allowing for any modification that might be required. Both the 24v and 36v trolling motor wiring diagrams are listed below along with the recommended circuit breaker. A pair of six-volt batteries can be wired together to create a 12-volt electrical system with plenty of cranking power on reserve. Then you could rewire the same pair of 12-volt batteries and have 24-volt power available.
Any of these could cause a shot circuit, melting the item and burning you severely. For example on larger vessels, with multiple electrical devices demanding power at the same time you will see 2 if not more deep cycle batteries connected together. Glasses, gloves, and other protective gear is a good precaution. This should answer important questions such as what the voltage requirements are for charging your battery and whether or not you should remove it from the vehicle before charging. You need to use heavier wire than when connecting radios, live well pumps, or depth finders to the battery. Understanding the theory of wiring in series and parallel is helpful, but not necessary. They would be different for nickel metal hydride or lithium cells.
The 12-volt charger has no chance. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean any corrosion off the terminals and neutralize any sulfuric acid that may have spilled on them. This will be the clip on the positive battery post. The switch contacts may arc briefly generating a spark that could ignite in an explosive atmosphere. Theignition was wired for 12 volts.
The charger should be equipped with a grounded plug three pronged plug and should be plugged into a properly grounded outlet three prong outlet. If you think of it visually you would have two batteries wide and two batteries tall. It can also be used as the power source for onboard electronics, such as depth finders. Store the batteries in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location and maintain them regularly. The replacement wiring should be of Marine Grade, which is a great deal more pliable than normal stranded wiring, making wire routing much easier.
Do not use tap water as it will damage your battery over time. Secure the terminals with the crimping pliers. In order to connect 4-6 volt batteries and end up with 12volts you will need to understand parallel and series connections. Note the wires that run from the battery to the starter of your engine. About the Author Joey Butler began writing in 2006. Also, for the batteries to use the charge generated by the panels, the voltage of the bank must be the same as the listed output from the panels.
If your battery does not have flame-arresting caps, put a wet cloth across the top of the caps. Add a second 12 volt battery to the circuit. This will avoid putting pressure on the battery ends and forcing battery acid out of the vent caps, as might happen if you carry it in your hands. A nominal 12 volt lead-acid type car battery that is flat has a voltage of about 11. The electrical potential difference across the leads of a charger must exceed the electrical potential difference across the terminals of any battery it is expected to charge.