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Old 09-20-2019, 11:37 AM
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Simple, wire in parallel , I use 2 batteries on my Opti 175 plus those are my house batteries.


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This increases the risk of depleting the battery used to start the main engine.

And at 4 amps charging, it will be difficult to bring both batteries up in between consecutive days of use.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:01 PM
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I decided to go with the addition of a MinnKota MK110PC single bank 10-amp on-board charger for the 5th battery, wired to a splitter connected to the existing charge receptacle on the boat. So plug one cord in and all 5 batteries get charged.

Most reliable solution in my opinion, and still fairly simple.

Thanks for all the feedback, interesting info about today’s “isolators”really being “combiners”.
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This post is so helpful and well informative.
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Old 09-24-2019, 05:39 AM
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This post is so helpful and well informative.
I agree, it's like a commercial for E-TEC G2 that don't have this problem.
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I had the same problem as you do. My main problem was the battery was constantly draining when I touched the steering wheel with the electronic steering. I too installed an isolator, ran a negative battery cable across the start and kicker battery. Placed a trickle charger on the start battery and carried a small jumper cable to jump across starter and kicker battery in case of emergencies. After the installation of the isloator my problem was solved. I have diagrams of the installation for an isolator if needed. Good Luck
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