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Old 14-05-2016, 14:31   #1
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Battery wiring question. Morningstar 45, two 260w panels

Finally ordered some solar panels. I have 4 6 volt batteries on my house bank. I also have two six volt batteries for my starting battery. Morning star controller will not charge all the batteries at one time, but there is a switch I can turn manually to charge either bank. I have everything running through a Perko switch.
1: If I turn it to both will all of the batteries charge at the same time.
2: wire the starting bank in parallel with house bank.
3: wire second bank to panels and just manually set switch

These are the three options I've come up with. Does anyone who knows about solar have any advice on the simplest and most efficient way to wire my panels.
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Old 14-05-2016, 14:35   #2
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Re: Battery wiring question. Morningstar 45, two 260w panels

Get an ACR or echo charger for your start bank. Send all charging to your house bank.

Here'e how & why:

Basic Battery Wiring Diagrams This is a very good basic primer for boat system wiring: Basic Battery Wiring Diagrams

This is another very good basic primer for boat system wiring: The 1-2-B Switch by Maine Sail (brings together a lot of what this subject is all about)
1/BOTH/2/OFF Switches Thoughts & Musings | SailboatOwners.com Forums

The Short Version of the 1-2-B Switch Stuff: Electrical Systems 101 This is a link to the Electrical Systems 101 Topic, reply #2

What are ACRs, Combiners & Echo Chargers? (by Maine Sail)
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Thanks stu
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You're very welcome. Glad to help. Read this, too:

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