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Old 10-07-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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Accessory wiring question

I currently have a few accessories (and a couple more to come) hooked up to the Jeep battery. Here is my dilemma/question:

If I need to jump someone (or if I need a jump myself), I can't do it without frying each and every item that I connected to the battery. I would have to disconnect all of them before jumping. I had to turn someone down that was in need of help because I didn't have the tools to disconnect. Is there some sort of avenue I can take to make it possible to quickly disconnect the accessory wiring, but leave the battery connected to the vehicle for jumping?

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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How are you wiring them? The switches should be grounded and they should have an inline fuse. I've jumped many people with my accessories wired to the battery and have never had any problem. The cheapest fix would just be inline fuses and then replace them that 1 or 2 times a year that you jump someone. Fuses are like $3 for a box

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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Yeah ditto. If you're blowing accessories something is wrong.

I wired in an aux fuse panel (Advance Auto). Battery to fuse panel has an inline 30 amp fuse. Each accessory is fused from the panel. Power goes to a relay. The switches complete the ground circuit for the relay. (Right now my accessories are lights, so I tapped into the high beam output as trigger voltage for the relay, and the switch completes the ground circuit. In that way I can choose to have lights on or off when high beams are on)

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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I have never blown an accessory from giving a jump.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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I'm not blowing any accessories. I'm trying to prevent it from happening. It's more when getting jumped (if ever needed) and I have all of my accessories fused in-line anyway. So, it appears I am ok?
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Why wouldn't it be OK? Does the stereo blow when you get jumped? Why not?
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Why wouldn't it be OK? Does the stereo blow when you get jumped? Why not?
I'm just asking a question that is answered with either a yes or no.
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When you jump start a vehicle you are putting your battery in parallel with another battery providing them with 12VDC and enough amps to turn over their motor. Nothing gets fried unless you're silly enough to swap negative and positive terminals or there's a serious problem with the vehicle's battery or charging system. Sorry, that's not a yes or no question... did you have sex with him? That's a yes or no question.
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When you jump start a vehicle you are putting your battery in parallel with another battery providing them with 12VDC and enough amps to turn over their motor. Nothing gets fried unless you're silly enough to swap negative and positive terminals or there's a serious problem with the vehicle's battery or charging system. Sorry, that's not a yes or no question... did you have sex with him? That's a yes or no question.
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Since no one else can do it, I guess I'll answer my question....yes, I am ok.

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Old 10-07-2013, 02:34 PM   #11
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I have aux lights wired to my battery and had to jump my jeep with my car within it's first month (my fault it was dead) and it was fine. You're good to go.

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