Iso­lated self-suffiency

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Ac­ces­sory (Au­gust 2018). In de­fence of the use­ful and very re­li­able bat­tery iso­la­tor switch, I have fit­ted sev­eral cars with this de­vice.

It’s a quick method of dis­con­nect­ing a bat­tery in an emer­gency, if the ve­hi­cle is stored for a pe­riod of time, or when a bat­tery charger is used.

I use two as a sim­ple and cheap way of man­u­ally con­trol­ling a twin bat­tery sys­tem fit­ted to my Range Rover 3.5 V8. My brother now uses the sys­tem on his Toy­ota Land­cruiser 4.5.

Both these ve­hi­cles have trav­elled afar in this huge land, with some very re­mote ar­eas vis­ited. Here we need to be self-suf­fi­cient, as after dis­con­nect­ing one bat­tery the other runs the camp light­ing and the re­frig­er­a­tor.

No elec­tri­cal prob­lems have oc­curred that could be at­trib­uted to this sys­tem. I sim­ply clean them and lightly spray with aerosol dis­per­sant/lubricant (INOX), as I do with any bat­tery ter­mi­nal. Howard Mar­shall, Aus­tralia

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