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Space-saving battery charger installation 30 Dec 2007 05:51 #1

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This is not from a Bayliner engine compartment, but the idea should be pretty universal. My old battery charger was dead and access to it was near impossible as it was stuck in a fwd corner in the engine compartment. I decided to make a custom mount where the charger would fit on top of the six gallon water heater. I purchased the steel bars from Lowe's and the 0.100 thick aluminum panel mail order from speedy metals. The paint was also from Lowe's, Rustoleum "Fossil" which was a good match to the water heater. As you can see I left some room on the aft side of the alu panel, I haven't decided yet what to put there, it'll either be a main fuse for the battery, a battery bus or perhaps a light.

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Space-saving battery charger installation 30 Dec 2007 18:43 #2

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That zantrex 40+ is a good unit. You should get the remote panel and mount it in the cabin, makes monitoring it easy. Just one red flag, and I could be wrong but I don't think you are suppose to mount battery chargers anywhere in the engine compartment. How about some comments on this BOCrs?

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Space-saving battery charger installation 30 Dec 2007 22:29 #3

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Also not sure but what about galvanic corrosion where the 2 items touch? I also am not sure about the engine compart ment dont better check to see if it is ignition protected

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Space-saving battery charger installation 31 Dec 2007 01:48 #4

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From Xantrex website:
"Ignition protected for installation in gas engine compartments (10TB, 20+ and 40+)".
My unit is a 40+.
In order to have galvanic corrosion, you need two dissimilar metals and an electrolyte. I don't see what would function as an electrolyte here.
Both the charger and the water heater are grounded, as is pretty much everything else made of metal in the engine compartment.

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