Originally Posted by sherdep
I have a Mini Lite 2306 - it has the WFCO Model # WF-8955 PEC
I looked thru the manual and it doesn't state anything about the type of battery so my question is -
1 - will it matter using a Deep Cycle Gel Battery versus the normal Deep Cycle that has water in it?
2 - is there anything special I need to do to install two batteries other then + (plus) to + (plus) and - (minus) to - (minus) which will double the amps output.
3 - should I put drain holes in the bottom of the battery boxes to drain any water that gets into the box or not bother since it was made without holes?
Thanks in advanced for any info and suggestions are welcome
In my opinion:
1) Should make no different at all.
2) Yes there is. When you parallel two 12 volt batteries, the internal resistance of the batteries and the resistance of the connecting cables must be equal in order for the charging current into and out of the bank to be equal. If one has less resistance than the other, it will be worked harder and will wear out sooner than the other reducing the life of both and also reducing your bank capacity earlier than would have normally been the case. Connecting your batteries as shown will create and equal path through both batteries insuring equal charging and discharging. The two interconnects MUST be of equal length.
3) I would put drain holes in. Not too many, just enough so that when you flush out the box and wash down battery tops with baking soda it has a place to drain.