Can I put an extra battery in my Chevy?
I'm new to the forum, but not to MP3 cars. I have had an old box in the car for two years, but now I want to really beef it up. Everything is ready, except for the power part.
Now instead of using an UPS connected to my inverter (I need the regular AC PSU since I plan to use the media computer indoors as well at times) I want to use an extra battery in my Chevy Sub 5.7 litre petrol car. If not I loose power to the PC every time I turn the key to start the car and have to restart it. My wife does not like that. :D And what my wife does not like, she does not use. It took me forever to get her to use our multi-zone sound system because it was flakey at the start... I have two options: A regular 40 AH car battery and a motorcycle battery, 24 AH. So the questions:
1. Can I put this battery in the back of my car? I know some gas comes from batteries, but will it be enough to be dangerous in a regular use family car? If necessary I could run an air hose out somewhere, but I'd rather not. And no, there is no room for that battery in the engine compartment without major surgery, and I don't want to do that since I don't know if I will keep this car forever. I'll probably buy a newer Sub at some time (my wife won't have anything else as the main car), and I want to be able to move this to the next car without any big problems.
2. Can the stock generator take an extra battery? I believe it's a 100 or 110 amp generator in this car.
3. A guy I know advised me to hook it up directly to the generator, not the starter engine, to make sure it won't drain too much power when starting the car. Is that smart?
4. Would you go for the larger size car battery inside a plastic battery box (I do have the room, but it won't look as good) or would you take the motorcycle battery and put it underneath the seat? I guess that MC battery won't let me run the stereo that long (it's a regular Pioneer headunit driving the speakers in the back doors with one SoundStream Little wonder for the twin 12" subs and one 4x50 W Arizona Eagle (local brand) for the main front system), but maybe I could use it only for the PC?
5. Finally: Would an even smarter solution be to hook an even smaller MC battery (I can get them very cheap) just for the inverter? Or would that battery just be flattend the second I turn the key?
I hope some of you power gurus out there can help me! Thanks a lot in advance! :cool: