I just installed my second pair of Grp 24 Gels in my sloop
; the first pair went in in 1992...[16 years, though the last two were questionable as far as capacity, but it still seems the gels are worth the $$.]
I checked the standing voltage on both before installing: 12.62 & 12.59 volts with a mulitmeter.
Installed the pair and connected my onboard 3 stage charger
and the leads to the dc panel. Checked the no-load voltage again and all the same :12.62 & 12.59v.
So, I decided to check my cockpit
power port for connection of an autopilot
[planning to go with a Simrad
TP20 tiller mount]. The voltage read at the powerport = 12.15v.
Does this seem to be an inordinate amount of voltage drop running from the dc panel to the port?
Here are the wiring
From the battery
well to the dc panel = 15' lineal feet wiring
from the dc panel to the cockpit
powerport = 15' lineal feet wiring +/-
both are 12-14 ga. conductor.
Thanks for looking; any comments appreciated.