I am new to forum and have a questions about the best wiring
setup for my newly renovated houseboat. I have searched the net for quite some time now and have yet to find a legitimate and proper answer. Recently I purchased a Blue Sea ACR Battery
Link 7600 for my houseboat. My plan is to charge both my house and starting battery
with the ACR off my outboard’s charging
system. The outboard’s charging
system will be connected to the starting battery. I understand how to hook this connection up properly and will be adding a switch to control the flow of the charge. However, I also want to add a solar
panel to the system that will be connected to the house battery. My question is, how will the ACR react while the boat is under power, meaning that both the alternator
and the solar
panel will be producing a charge simultaneously at separate ends of the entire system?
I assume that this is problematic, but do not know as I can not find anything on the internet
that discusses this same setup. Would I have to only charge the starting battery while under power by using the switch to disconnect the house battery? This essentially would charge just the starting battery while under power through the outboard
and the house battery through solar while under power. Or would I be able to add an ON/OFF switch the solar array that could be switched to OFF while under power, allowing the alternator
through the ACR to charge both battery banks, and then flipped to ON while stopped to recharge both banks again through the solar panel. What setup is more appropriate for the ACR that will avoid overcharging of the starting battery? Or do you think that it is best to just use the switch to limit charge from the solar panel to only the house battery, which would essentially stop any risk of overcharging the starting battery altogether?
Sorry if this was posted in the wrong section or if it has already been discussed. As I said, I am new here and this is my first post. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a bunch,