How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

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How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#1 Post by Bugsbunnyboater » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:52 pm

Just wondering who is running a dual battery setup?
Did it come with your boat ir did you add it?
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#2 Post by Bamaman » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:13 am

Not me. I have too many other toys requiring batteries.

My boat doesn't have a trolling motor or power booster on the radio.

A car battery may last me 8-10 years. Deep discharge batteries have a shorter lifespan and are more expensive.
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#3 Post by Bryden24shp » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:41 am

My last Manitou had it, I added it to the first Manny and my Premier. Had it on my Baja's and added it to a few previous runabouts. We took lots of long trips and overnight cruises, so I wouldn't trust just running a single battery.
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#4 Post by curtiscapk » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:30 am

I run 2. 1 for engine only, 1 for accessories. No switch though just directly wired. I unhook them after every trip.
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Re: How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#5 Post by zoom650 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:24 am

I had the option to order dual batteries and I did. With so much digital on my engine and throttles and my penchant for adding electronics, I figured I'd include duals sooner rather than later. Twin AGM, $$$ whew! You might want to add a voltage guage while you're at it.

Could be worse though. My old center console ran 3 batteries. So, in truth, I downsized!
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Re: How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#6 Post by FLOUNDERPOUNDER225 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:22 am

[quote="curtiscapk"]I run 2. 1 for engine only, 1 for accessories. No switch though just directly wired. I unhook them after every trip.[/quote]

Curious if you don't have a switch; how can one be isolated just for the engine, and one for accessories? Or are you not using the engine's charging system to charge your "accessory" battery?
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#7 Post by curtiscapk » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:45 am

using a maintainer once we get back to the lots. Radio and raft pump doesn't use that much juice.... They both finally died after 8 years..... Replaced starting battery last season need accessory this year.
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#8 Post by SamiGuy » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:50 pm

Mine only had one so I added another. Put a switch in and I rotate each trip. Battery tender when home. Had a battery die on a past boat and won't go that route again. Ever tried to push-start a pontoon?? It ain't easy!!!!
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#9 Post by Rick McC. » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:17 pm

I have a dual battery setup with a Perco master switch.

The pontoon boat came rigged that way, though I don’t think it really needs it (60 HP FS Mercury outboard).

My airboat is rigged similarly, and it does need it (Edelbrock 454 CID 425 HP V8).

It all depends on how much work the electrical system has to do.
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#10 Post by Retired OG » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:27 am

Putting a Perko switch and a second battery in is high on my priority list.
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#11 Post by lakerunner » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:46 am

i also run 2 without a switch. I use a dual bank charger also.
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Re: How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#12 Post by Gonefishing » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:03 am

I have a two battery set up with a switch. To me it is for the piece of mind. I have been on the water in the past and had the battery about dead from running a radio, fish finder and live bait tank. Nothing worse then go to crank up and nothing there. Also have a two bank charger. Like someone else said it’s hard to push a toon. It’s also cheaper then calling sea tow.
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Re: How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#13 Post by Gearbanger » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:46 am

I'm about to add a second battery soon. I've rounded up most of the parts, just need the motivation to get it done.
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#14 Post by steve1313 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:30 am

Twin AGMs with a 1, 2, 1+2 switch. Had the dealer include it when I bought the boat last fall. Didn't see a downside.
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Re: How many of us are running a dual battery setup?

#15 Post by guy48065 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:41 am

Mine came from the previous owner with a Perko & 2 deep-cycle batteries. I removed one to save a little weight. Starboard side (dock side) had the console, me, 2 batteries + the fuel tank as extra weight. I'm rarely out for long & most of the time don't even use the radio.

I am considering a lithium battery for #2 just to have some kind of backup.
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