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Battery Isolator, or hook in series?

Discussion in 'AR- Razorback Land Cruisers' started by Paul78FJ40, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Paul78FJ40

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    Ok, so I got a winch, and still need to install it. I think I need 2 batteries, and I want opinions on which is better, a battery isolator, or hooking 2 batteries in series?
    Also which is better, a double battery tray, or adding another single tray on the driver's side?
    Who sells a good double battery tray?
    Thanks in advance for your ideas, opinions, and thoughts.
     
  2. Travis 76

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    Do not hook in series. That will double your voltage. Connecting them in parallel will not do that + to + and - to -. From what I understand an isolator keeps everything working better, more equal use and charge.
     
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    I always get in series, and in parallel mixed up.
     
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    I wouldn't think you would need two batteries just because of a winch... In any event, a battery controller is the way to go, in my opinion. Can't really comment on the tray, other than I would consider weight, and, depending on where it's mounted you can get away with less wire.
     
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    Thanks nimrod. I don't know if I need to have two batteries or not, this is the first time I've had a winch. I may never need it, but there were so many times years ago, that I could have really used one. Instead, I used a hi-lift jack, shovel, a lot of sweat, and so much time.
     
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    No need for two batteries for just a winch IMO. Although, I might not have the conglomerate of crap on my battery if I had a second :hillbilly:. Still works fine tho.
     
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    Agreed. Not necessary unless you're planning to be winching multiple times in a short period of time. And even then, I've winched four or five times in a row with no issues. If you're still concerned, I'd go with a little bigger battery and call it good.
     
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    Ok, cool. I do need a bigger battery anyway.