Dual Batteries, Why?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by concretejungle, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. concretejungle

    concretejungle SILVER Star

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    You'll have to excuse my rookie questions, but what is the purpose of having dual batteries? Is one just back-up in case the other one goes out. Can you use them both at the same time? I guess for those who have home theatres, winches, cb's, fridges, and electric guitars hooked to the 80 it might not seem overkill. :-[
     
  2. woody

    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    For my application, battery 1 is an Optima Red Top starting, used exclusively for the starter, engine, etc operation. It's fully isolated from battery 2, an Optima Blue Top deep cycle, which is used 100% for winching operations.

    If my winch is used enuf to kill the battery, I can still start the truck. Or, potentially, use battery 2 to jumpstart battery 1 if it were to run low on juice.
     
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    I have to, as Im running a 24V system in the diesel 8)
    Nothing like having a winch thats almost 2 times as fast and uses less amps :D
     
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    With an automatic, a dead battery means you are walking home. (one of my biggest issues with automatics) Dual batteries mitigate that somewhat.
     
  5. sleeoffroad

    sleeoffroad Supporting Vendor

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    Got to keep the :beer: cold in the ARB fridge. Most trucks we do, the 2nd battery powers a 2nd fuse box for all accessories. That way, when you turn of the truck, you can run all the accessories and not worry about killing the main battery.
     
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    Yup, you win the :beer:
     
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