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Battery Isolators vs. Separators: What's the Difference?

Posted by G. Christianson on Jan 25, 2017 2:21:10 PM

Controlling parasitic loads, aka battery drain, and properly distributing electrical power is crucial to keeping vehicles working. However, this requires balancing the needs of the battery against those of the electrical system.

The addition of electrical loads such as lights,   entertainment systems, communications equipment and other accessories, continue to draw power when the engine is off. For these applications, having a multiple battery system is essential, but simply being wired into the vehicle’s electrical system can allow auxiliary batteries to drain power from the main battery, inhibiting engine starting and other essential functions.

This is where battery isolators and separators come into play. But despite seeming very similar, their jobs are very different.

 

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Topics: Battery Management, Battery Isolators, Battery Separators

Battery Isolators 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 15, 2016 2:15:48 PM

Battery isolators aren't the flashiest part, but they're also often the only part standing between the function or failure of a vehicle, boat or machine. Here's what a battery isolator does, why it's important, and how to spot the right one for your needs.
 
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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Battery Management, Battery Isolators

Battery Isolators vs. Automatic Charging Relays (ACRs): Thursday Throwdown

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 16, 2016 3:56:20 PM

When it comes to battery management, both Battery Isolators and Automatic Charging Relays (also called ACRs or voltage sensitive relays) both safeguard reserve battery power, so as to prevent breakdowns and protect other vital vehicle or boat functions.

So then, how are these two components different? Is one better than the other? Who should choose one over the other? Here, we examine these questions.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Battery Management, Battery Isolators, ACRs


 

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