Better Battery Access

battery case

February 1, 2013
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Our house battery is in a vented battery box located in a storage area under the couch. Accessing the battery requires removing a dozen screws, some of which are difficult to reach. In order to connect an automatic charger or a digital multimeter directly to the battery terminals, I made jumper wires that extend outside the battery box. The OEM deep-cycle battery was replaced with an AGM maintenance-free type more than four years ago, thus eliminating the need to periodically check water level in the cells. The positive terminal is covered with a length of red vinyl tubing and the negative terminal is covered with black vinyl tubing. The tubing is left in place when the terminals are not in use, then slid back when a charger or multimeter is to be connected.

MORRIS THUNBERG l BOWMANSVILLE, PA.


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