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Dual Battery set up, Offgrid-engineering, Adventure Ready or ???

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by YOTA 4X4, Feb 27, 2018.

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Which dual battery "off the shelf" system?

  1. Off-Grid Engineering

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  2. Adventure Ready Seattle

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  3. Other (please specify)

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  4. Genesis Offroad

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  1. Nov 30, 2018 at 12:54 PM
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    Forget about an electric heater. They’d deplete your battery quickly.

    If you don’t want to go to the dual battery route as described in this thread, a inexpensive alternative would be to get a small lithium jump starters. You can find them with USB ports and 12v sockets. Use it to run LEDs/USB chargers etc in the back of the truck. You can plug it in when you drive and recharge it.

    Another option is to run power to your bed off your OEM battery and put in some LEDs and USB chargers in the back of your truck. Get one of the small jump starter batteries just in case you drain your main battery and need to jump your truck. This is my current set up. Eventually I will go double battery under the hood. I’ve never come close to draining my main battery. I have a voltage read out in the back and not gone under 12.4 volts just running LEDs and charging phones.

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  2. Nov 30, 2018 at 1:15 PM
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    A “little heater” off a battery is almost impossible. Look at the Watt draw on a heater. Most everyone I’ve ever seen is 1500W, to give you perspective your Auxilery plug on the truck bed while the truck is running in neutral is 400W.... so you need more than 3X that much power to run a heater. Battery heaters are almost impossible. Though the Inergy Kodiak will run an electric blanket all night.... to be honest I use a Buddy Heater. For the money it’s unbeatable for the heat output.. batteries and heating elements just don’t really work. At least not with out a HUGE power source. Nothing wrong with a propane heat source. As for lighting with modern LEDs power draw is so low it’s almost silly...
     
  3. Nov 30, 2018 at 5:31 PM
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    The lil one I picked up is 200w. I don't need it to be Hawaii weather in there. Just a bit more comfortable to change the kid's diaper before bed. And we have good -20f down bags so won't need it to be running all night. We are mostly out climbing or surfing. Just looking to see if I could make it a bit more comfortable.
     
  4. Dec 1, 2018 at 1:05 AM
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    That’s interesting. I’ve never seen a heater that tiny but in a very enclosed space it might work well. Biggest thing (obviously) with an electric heating element you don’t need to worry about venting so in theory you need much less power.

    1 Watt of power = 3.412 BTU/hr so...
    200W(3.412)=682 BTU/hr which isn’t much but in a tiny space might be really nice.

    My buddy heater on low is 4000Btu’s I ran my in my truck bed with one open panel all night and the vents partially open and was super comfortable but sealed up tight in the tent portion with that little Electric you might but super comfy. I’d certainly be interested in how it works.

    I started doing some AMP and Watt conversions but realized I’m kind of tired. Anyway 200W is pretty low draw for a heater and might be worth a look... good luck!!!!
     
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  5. Dec 1, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    So let me ask does anyone have any idea to add a second fuse box to add light, inverter and other stuff? Thanks Chuck
     
  6. Dec 1, 2018 at 12:05 PM
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    That’s how I do it. I have a second fuse box in my bed build out. I ran wire directly off the battery with an in line fuse right at the battery. The wire then runs to my bed where I put in a blue sea fuse box. All my accessories in the back run off that.
     
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  7. Mar 10, 2019 at 12:49 AM
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    This thread has been quiet for a while now but i figured I’d revive it. I went ahead and ordered a Dometic PLB-40 last night. I have a friend who has been using one is his 4 Runner since they first came out and he’s been 100% satisfied. Took me close to a year but I think this is the best option currently available anywhere. Time will tell but I’ll keep this thread updated.
     
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  8. Jul 2, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    after reading this well thought out thread, I weighed the pros and cons and ended up getting the PLB 40 from Dometic. Seems easier and less weight. I can run the fridge in the rear with the PLB hooked up to an aux 12v Blue Sea panel and not have to deal with the $1000+ cost of dual trays and another battery. For $750 plus shipping, I have an 18lb unit that can charge itself and the cooler while running and be able to accept solar if need be. Checks all the boxes. Thanks again!
     
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  9. Jul 2, 2019 at 6:08 PM
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    Couldn't agree more. A traditional dual battery system for more money, more weight, and less flexibility just doesn’t make sense anymore. Plus like you said, built in DC/DC charger and solar charger... it just can’t be beat not at any price.
     
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  10. Jul 2, 2019 at 6:34 PM
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    I ran a 100ah deep cycle in the bed, power management by a Redarc BCDC1225D. Aux battery powers a blue seas fuse block, to a 12V power panel. 100W of Solar charges it during the day, and the truck charges it when it’s on. Solid set up for the value. My Dometic cfx75dz runs 24/7. I didn't want anything super fancy, so I pieced it all out myself and built it over a weekend. It works, I’m happy.

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  11. Jul 2, 2019 at 8:27 PM
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    71 and 73 degrees! Are you heating your beer?
     
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    That’s how he keeps his battery consumption so low
     
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  13. Jul 3, 2019 at 4:27 AM
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    Haha, I had just plugged it in. I was actually running a cfx50 before I built my slide for the 75. It’s running at 34 and 02 now.

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  14. Jul 3, 2019 at 4:40 AM
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    Two fridges :hungry: you’re the man!
     
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    Lol, I should have went with the 50 as a long term fridge. The 75dz is huge, and it’s power hungry. It hits voltage cutoff in about 48hrs. I’ve actually considered adding a 3rd battery :anonymous:. Interested to hear how the PLB40 works for you, seems like a solid option!
     
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    Nice simple and clean. I'm looking at something very similar. I'm going to go with an Engel solely because it will fit under my Diamondback. Interested in seeing how you set up your power station. I'm going to use Redarc as well.

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  17. Jul 3, 2019 at 5:01 AM
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    Thanks, i’ll get you some pictures here in a bit
     
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    I must know more about this set up. Part #'s? This is pretty sweet, looks really clean too. Good job!

    EDIT: I'm a dummy. I just saw the part # in the previous post with the fridge, sorry. Please disregard.
     
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    No problem, I purchased everything on Amazon so if you have a question I can link you to the item directly. The Redarc BCDC chargers are amazing, a little pricy up front but it’s a great standalone unit that has nothing but great reviews.
     
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