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    Question Adding a second battery?

    I'm interested in adding a second battery to my car for running my amp and car PC alone (so it won't kill my car battery to listen when the car is off). I know it's not at easy as just adding another battery off the terminals of my regular car battery (I at least need an isolator to stop it from killing the main battery...) What else does it take to put together a little backup power system?

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    All you need is a battery isolator and the necessary cable.
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    Just make sure your alternator can handle the extra load. Right, Aaron?
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    Almost sounds too easy. My alternator is 110 amp (stock Camero).
    Where would I pick up a strong enough batery isolater (is it a Radio Shack part)?

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    Originally posted by TheDingo:
    <STRONG>Almost sounds too easy. My alternator is 110 amp (stock Camero).
    Where would I pick up a strong enough batery isolater (is it a Radio Shack part)?</STRONG>
    You could use a diode!
    The MBR745 from fairchild semi or www.digikey.com would do the trick. Its only 65 cents. That way when your car is on, the battery is charged to 14 volts and the aux battery is charged to 13.6 volts. No current can flow back into the cars elect system when you start your car or turn it off, and both batteries won't discharge each other. Use more of them if you use a larger battery, each diode can pass 7.5 amps.


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    Originally posted by Jeff Mucha:
    Use more of them if you use a larger battery, each diode can pass 7.5 amps.
    Do not parallel diodes and expect them to each carry the same current. There is variation in the manufactur, and some diodes will carry more current than others. These diodes will blow, forcing the remaining diodes to carry even more current. They will then blow. So, you will have a bunch of blown diodes...
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    Originally posted by dos4who?:
    <STRONG>Just make sure your alternator can handle the extra load. Right, Aaron?
    ~m</STRONG>
    True, true.
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    With a second battery in parallel, could you not use the atx DC-DC converter from industrialpcs?

    i doubt there more than $180 from keypower.

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    Red face

    I meant series, but you knew that
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    I found from old at-ps doublediode which can handle 30 amps!
    It's MBR 3045
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