KlarmannDual Battery Systems

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Dual battery systems: for power when you need it

Dual Battery System are what we are passionate about! At our Perth workshop, we have designed and installed numerous dual battery systems specifically tailored to the each customer using state of the art products from Redarc, Victron, Intervolt and EGON. We put your needs in the center of our designs! Each system is tailored to your actual requirements so you end up having exactly what you need for your lifestyle.

Dual Battery systems have become a more and more complex subject over the last 2 decades. With a lot of car manufacturers steering away from constant voltage
alternators, the proper charging of a deep cycle battery has become impossible with newer alternators. Car manufacturers have started using temperature compensating and ecu controlled alternators which will lower their voltage output depending on different driving situations

Temperature compensating alternators will reduce charge voltage with rising
temperature of the alternator. After approximately a 20–30 min charge voltage will be reduced to 13.2 volts. At this voltage level a deep cycle battery will not charge properly.

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Dual battery system installation in Perth: Alternators

Ecu controlled alternators are even more complex and can stop charge output for short periods of time altogether. This is dependent on different driving situations like heavy  accelerating, charge level of the start battery, etc.

This gives us 3 different alternator scenarios. Another issue is the battery that is being used in the setup. Everything else but a standard lead acid deep cycle battery should be charged with a dc/dc charger.

Constant voltage output alternator

A battery isolator (smart isolator relay) system will work well with standard lead acid batteries and a constant voltage output alternator. Every other battery than a standard lead acid (hybrid, deep cycle or start) should not be charged directly with an alternator but always with a dc/dc charger if you want to use the full capacity and lifespan of your battery.

Temperature compensating alternator

A dc/dc charger with voltage sensitive charging on/off setting will work well with this alternator. This setup is also able to charge a wide variety of batteries properly (Lead Acid, AGM, GEL, Lithium). One thing to be careful about in this setup is to choose the right battery for your installation position. For under bonnet mounts, a standard lead acid deep cycle or a Century Dual Force AGM battery are your best options. Fullriver AGM batteries have also been known to last in under bonnet installations but lose their warranty.

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Things To Consider for dual battery system installation

It is important to check the manufacturer information on the battery you are using to find out if your battery can cope with the high temperatures that it will have to endure under the bonnet. Bottom line here is that most batteries will last in an under bonnet installation but they will lose their capacity quicker than in an installation where they are not being exposed to high temperatures. Ideally AGM, GEL and Lithium batteries are used inside the cabin, your camper, canopy, etc… these batteries do not gas out like lead acid batteries and don’t necessarily need ventilation. That said in some scenarios (especially for Lithium batteries) you might ventilation to keep the battery temperature e down.

For ecu controlled alternators, a dc/dc charger with ignition trigger works best in this setup. Some manufacturers can disable the “smart” alternator feature, in that case it is best to do so and then use a dc/dc charger with voltage sensing or a battery isolator, depending on your choice of battery. If you can not disable the “smart” feature an ignition triggered dc/dc charger is your only option. Your choice of battery is the same as it is for temperature compensating alternators.

We have Redarc, Intervolt, Enerdrive and EGON power management charging systems ready and available, and can combine them for you with Century AGM or Standard Lead Acid, Fullriver AGM or Amptron and Enerdrive Lithium batteries to build the dual battery that is right for you.

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At Klarmann, we specialise in high quality auto electrics. We’re a WA owned and operated business, and we love to hear from customers. If you’ve still got questions about dual battery systems, get in touch with us today, and we’ll be happy to help. 

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Stages & Process

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Consultation

We sit down with you and learn about your goals and needs.

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Design

We design a system build to YOUR needs and provide a no-obligation free quote with detailed descriptions of the parts we recommend you use.

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Build

After confirmation our expert workshop will take your plans and build the system specific to your needs.

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Testing

We go through a rigorous testing process to ensure
everything works perfectly.

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Handover

We hand you back your vehicle with all modifications
and celebrate your upcoming journey

Reviews

cameron du preez
cameron du preez
2021-06-16
Fabio Figus
Fabio Figus
2021-05-02
Robert Emms
Robert Emms
2021-04-14
Great place for your 12v needs.
Simon R
Simon R
2021-04-06
Tommy Hallberg
Tommy Hallberg
2021-03-31
Bradley Raynor
Bradley Raynor
2021-03-24
Frank was awesome. He really sorted my 12v issues that a referred auto sparky was confused about. Yes, it was a little more costly, but good god, the cost of my first setup that didn’t work vs doing it right is no comparison. Don’t go cheap as it could cause fires, it could cause issues that you blame on products that is due to poor wiring. Just get it done with confidence with these guys.
Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
2021-03-12
I have used a lot of Auto sparkies in my time and they all kind of seem dumb after using Heiner and the team. Honestly, he has forgotten more than what most people know about auto electrics. The workmanship is excellent and there are no shortcuts. Highly highly recommended.
Steve Jones
Steve Jones
2020-10-29
Highly recommended
leonm808
leonm808
2020-10-15
If he only sold Bratwurst to compliment his state of the art electronic wizardry. Good crew down there, top of their game.
Markus Langensiepen
Markus Langensiepen
2020-08-26
Really good advice and top quality work. Best in Perth for 4WD electrical!