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Thread: High current detachable power connector? To hook up car to house power.

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    a decent electronics store should carry the anderson sb-175, which is probably the connector pictured in your link (might be a larger size) i used them to build a pass through adapter to run a radio on my pallet jack at work. the're rated for 175 amps at 24v and shouldn't run you more than 10 bucks each.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. While we are on the topic of hooking up the car's electrical system to the house, is it safe for the alternator to remain connected? It should have diodes to prevent back emf right? aka. current going into the alternator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. While we are on the topic of hooking up the car's electrical system to the house, is it safe for the alternator to remain connected? It should have diodes to prevent back emf right? aka. current going into the alternator.
    yes they must have that feature or it will pull enough current from the car's battery alone to flatten it in a few hours. this happens with bad or broken alternaters sometimes.. the diodes burn out and you always wake up to a dead battery in the morning.

    may i ask again why an onboard charger wont work?

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    Ideally, I would love for the charger to be onboard. But unfortunately my battery charger is huge (volume of a big shoebox) and I have no where in the engine bay to mount it. Unless someone knows of a 15+ amp high current charger that is also very slim and compact.

    Trader007, the charger in your link is only 10amps and costs $120. I could get two 12 amp chargers from Canadian Tire for the same price =)

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    What are you driving? You could always put the charger in the trunk if it's not a pickup.
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    2002 Mazda Protege sedan, very cramped engine bay and Ive already got too much crap in the trunk, like aux deep cycle battery and subwoofer. Rather not have to give up any more trunk space if possible.

    It's not too big of a deal to have the charger externally.

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    if you want an on board solution look to the marine chargers like the Statpower True charge etc. There are also a bunch that are just a charger epoxy sealed that would survive the engine bay life.

    My truck I have a Statpower Truecharge 40 and a recessed male receptacle in the bed so all I do is take a regular extension cord and plug it in. I am in the process of doing a rework on it though as I want to tie in my battery blanket/engine heater into the circuit with the ability to temp control it so it only comes on in cold weather; 7amps for the heaters is a lot to run for no reason. The other I want to change eventually is to change the inlet socket to a auto-eject but they are $$$
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