I am in the process of establishing a new house bank on my live aboard catamaran
Cureentry all charging
sources are directly connected to the batteries which are connected in parallel. The solar
is through a regulator
, the alternators first go through a bridging switch from the starter batteries. The wind generator
is internally regulated and has an on/off switch. And the ABC charger
is connected directly to the batteries.
I will now be connecting a Victron Battrry monitor
BMW 700, the neg battery
terminal to a shunt then the shunt to an Isolation switch and this to the alternator
, main switch panel etc.
On previous boats I wired up the connections so that all charging
connections were connected to an isolation switch first then to the battery
, that way I could isolate the battery but still have a connection to power for my electronics
etc, and it gave me a tidy way of controlling the wires.
The question is should I change the wiring
on this new boat so that all charging and loads runs through the isolation switch whether positive or negative? That way no extra wires will need to be connect to the batteries themselves. OR should the positives still run to the battery and just have the negatives running through the shunt?
If any one could point me in the direction of some sample diagrams, that too would be appreciated.