Maybe someone out there has some insight on the installation
do's and don'ts..............
Concerning the Xantrex Battery Monitor
, the installation
(which can be viewed at http://www.xantrex.com/web/id/1195/docserve.aspx
show two positive runs, one is voltage sensing and the other positive is supply for the monitor
itself. The other run is the interruption of the negative with a shunt and three wires back to the unit; one for the negative for supply to the unit itself and the other two for the current
sensing on the load side and the current
sensing on the line negative.
So, here is my situation. My house batteries are aft and the battery
switch (the switch is a dual circuit switch from Blue Sea) has been moved forward and up to a convenient location at the nav station. The start battery is in a different location and only sees the house bank when charging
reaches 13.5V and then a combiner kicks in. The two banks share a ground via the ground achieved at the motor
block. Otherwise a separate negative wire has been run to a distribution block at the nav station where the battery switch is at and the house loads start.
Is there any reason the battery monitor switch would not work properly if I start all the connections at the battery switch? I could get my hot for the switch to function off the line in side of the switch and the hot for the sense at that point also. As far as the negative shunt couldn't I install that at the negative before it hit the distribution block at the nav station? (making all my necessary sensing joints at the shunt then connecting back to the negative distribution block)
Anyone who has the time to comment or make suggestions would be appreciated. If I need to clarify anything I have written down here or if I omitted any pertinent information let me know.............
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