Go Back   Land Rover Forums - Land Rover Enthusiast Forum > Vehicle Line Up > Discovery II
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #21  
Old 11-11-2012, 11:27 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 117
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LR03NJ View Post
I have a Xantrex 1800 inverter and would like to do a dual battery setup and have some few questions.
The inverter need less than 10 ft of wire for installation. From engine to the left back side of the disco compartment is over 13 ft. Is it possible to relocate 2 batteries and leave one battery in the original battery tray?
I would like to leave the original battery as starting battery and the 2 relocated ones are for the inverter, how to do that?
If anyone can point me to the right direction here? Thanks
Gerry
Columbia Overland has a solenoid that makes this possible I just bought the solenoid and a controlle. With this solenoid you have the option of running two batteries in the back parallel with each other while keeping the main battery separate.

Joe
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-12-2012, 07:51 AM
antichrist's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Georgia, USA
Posts: 4,798
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LR03NJ View Post
Thanks Jeffh,
I was considering a larger alternator which I found online at 320 Amps. Are those safe and wont burn out wires?
I suggest finding a good site on electrical theory. Based on your posts I seriously advise against you attempting anything like what you're talking about until you have a solid understanding of the theory involved.
__________________
Tom Rowe

Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
in places even more inaccessible.

62 88 reg
67 NADA x2
74 Air Portable - The Antichrist (tag 6A666)
95 D1 - R380
95 D90 - R380
97 D1 - ZF
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 11-12-2012, 09:54 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 40
Default

LR03NJ, After a bit more thought I think that the guys suggesting a Honda generator may be onto something. You could mount it on the roof or on a hitch-mount rack on the back (or on the front) An external, self-contained power source would probably be the best given the circumstances. You can get quiet generators and to be honest cars and car charging systems aren't really made to make electrical power as you need.

Marine applications (sailboats) have specific generators, different types of batteries, etc. that are made to run electronics for a long period of time vs. just power an engine.

I'm not exactly sure what you are doing (what type of video, is it for news/media that it is time sensitive, etc.) but next time you see a big news event take a walk around most of the news/TV vans - they ALL have external generators built into the side of the vans/trucks. Same thing with motor homes and RV's - get the right tool for the job. Additionally, (I lived in NYC for a long time until recently) the food trucks you see all over NYC usually have an external generator mounted to them vs. going a dual/quad battery setup and running everything off the truck's engine/battery.

I'm new to LR's in general but I'd suggest that if you wanted to go dual-battery think about finding a way (if there is space) to add on a specific alternator (or dare I say generator like the old school Series Rovers??) to the engine - keep the engine electronics on one system and buld in a second system specific to the computer and editing systems you need.

Funny how you are looking for big power. I'm in IT and spend a lot of time building the most robust low-power solutions I can find. For my Disco I'm going to be putting in an extremely low power consumption Intel Atom box (the size of a Mac mini) to power a few things... but the consumption in all will be less than 120W; ~25-30W for the computer I'll install.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 11-12-2012, 01:44 PM
LR03NJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NY/NJ
Posts: 150
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 30more View Post
Columbia Overland has a solenoid that makes this possible I just bought the solenoid and a controlle. With this solenoid you have the option of running two batteries in the back parallel with each other while keeping the main battery separate.

Joe
Thanks Joe, I went to their website and found tons of useful things.
__________________
Check out my Discovery II
http://www.landroverforums.com/forum...pictureid=1385
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11-12-2012, 02:06 PM
LR03NJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NY/NJ
Posts: 150
Default alternator

Quote:
Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
I suggest finding a good site on electrical theory. Based on your posts I seriously advise against you attempting anything like what you're talking about until you have a solid understanding of the theory involved.
Thanks, I called them this morning and found out that the alternator kit include all the heavy duty cables and its completely bolt on for the 270 amps upgrade. I had a custom battery mount for the Odyssey PC2150 that will go under the Rover beneath the passenger side seat. I'll just go for 1 extra battery.
__________________
Check out my Discovery II
http://www.landroverforums.com/forum...pictureid=1385
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 11-12-2012, 03:16 PM
LR03NJ's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NY/NJ
Posts: 150
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 90'sDisco View Post
LR03NJ, After a bit more thought I think that the guys suggesting a Honda generator may be onto something. You could mount it on the roof or on a hitch-mount rack on the back (or on the front) An external, self-contained power source would probably be the best given the circumstances. You can get quiet generators and to be honest cars and car charging systems aren't really made to make electrical power as you need.

Marine applications (sailboats) have specific generators, different types of batteries, etc. that are made to run electronics for a long period of time vs. just power an engine.

I'm not exactly sure what you are doing (what type of video, is it for news/media that it is time sensitive, etc.) but next time you see a big news event take a walk around most of the news/TV vans - they ALL have external generators built into the side of the vans/trucks. Same thing with motor homes and RV's - get the right tool for the job. Additionally, (I lived in NYC for a long time until recently) the food trucks you see all over NYC usually have an external generator mounted to them vs. going a dual/quad battery setup and running everything off the truck's engine/battery.

I'm new to LR's in general but I'd suggest that if you wanted to go dual-battery think about finding a way (if there is space) to add on a specific alternator (or dare I say generator like the old school Series Rovers??) to the engine - keep the engine electronics on one system and buld in a second system specific to the computer and editing systems you need.

Funny how you are looking for big power. I'm in IT and spend a lot of time building the most robust low-power solutions I can find. For my Disco I'm going to be putting in an extremely low power consumption Intel Atom box (the size of a Mac mini) to power a few things... but the consumption in all will be less than 120W; ~25-30W for the computer I'll install.
Thanks 90'sDisco,
I went ahead for the inverter that I have, RV style. I thought about generators before but the space is really limited. I like taking the Land Rover to jobs if not I'll just get a van. LOL. Generators cant be on top of my truck coz I'm running a 32" tires, some of parking garages here wont even allow me to park because I keep hitting the plastic tubes upon entrance. That is also the reason why I cant add a roof rack. I can easily modify a swing away carrier mounted on the hitch for a generator but if I have to get even a small item inside and swing the generator out of the way, its just too much. IMHO, Gasoline has to be constantly checked on generators. Had to drain, or replace fluids and maintaining a generator not being used is a lot more work. The inverter is tucked and can be used any time needed once installed.
I see those lunch trucks and stands in NY with a quiet generator and works fine for them. I'm doing a power upgrade because when the storm Sandy hit us life became hard for weeks without power and I also needed backup to for our home generator.
BTW, here are some picts of my rover with computer and also the 300 watt old inverter for the xserve.
Some of the images shows how I manage to fit my stuff by adding a foldable deck in the trunk. This way I can fit tons of cargo inside the Discovery.
Cheers
Attached Thumbnails
Inverter and Dual Battery Setup-inverterinstalled-jpg   Inverter and Dual Battery Setup-xserveout-jpg   Inverter and Dual Battery Setup-wxserve1-jpg   Inverter and Dual Battery Setup-deckfolded-jpg   Inverter and Dual Battery Setup-deckattached-jpg  

__________________
Check out my Discovery II
http://www.landroverforums.com/forum...pictureid=1385
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 03:16 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
350, auto, batteries, battery, cycle, deep, dual, ford, installation, inverter, invertor, made, setup, simple, video


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:11 PM.

Copyright © Internet Brands, Inc. All rights reserved.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.
LAND ROVER and its logo are the registered trademarks of Land Rover. Land Rover is not affiliated with LandRoverForums.com.

Emails Backup