Clyde. Normally I have six 200Ah batteries on the house bank but because one has a bad cell I took that one and another good one out of service
, until I get a replacement for the dead battery
so I still had 12v house bank. My 160 amp baby is driven by two belts and is working just fine no squeals when that is operating, only when I turn on the field of the Balmar
, which looks pretty new to me but I didn't buy it, came with the boat so not sure of it's age
I do have switches for both field wires, the one for the 160 is almost always on, except when I switch it off, of course.
The battery sense wire comes off a positive post close to the house bank, not sure who asked that one.
I think that your right DeepFrz, that the belt is sitting too low in the pulley. I'm just using spares that came with the boat, which we've had for just over a year and usually when I've tightened the belts the squeal disappears. seems to me if it was the bearing it would squeal all the time, not when I turn on the field. I like the idea of the Balmar regulator
and belt saver thing.
So thanks guys, I'll investigate a new wider belt, although down here in the Republic Dominicana I don't know if I'll get anything super duper.
And when we get down to civilisation in Puerto Rico
I'll invest in a separate regulator
for the Balmar, cause i can't see how this system I've got here works. In fact for a while I split the two alternators, having the Balmar feed the engine
and the 160A feeding the house bank with the next step, but because there was no regulator on the Balmar I think I boiled away all the electrolyte killing the battery which is why I reverted back to the original wiring
. Stupidly I figured there would be an internal regulator in the Balmar DOH!
Oh well it's all learning
Oh and I checked the belt tension and it seems about right, just over a quarter inch play, don't want to tension it more than that.
Thanks your wisdom never ceases to amaze me