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There are loads of different ways of doing it and everyone has their own opinions. IMHO, for what it's worth, the all singing all dancing setups seem unnecessarily complex. The more 'blackbox' electronics there are, the more there is to go wrong and the harder it is to fault find.
In my HJ60 i run with two aux batteries in the back charged from a simple diode block. There are no moving parts, so it isn't affected by dust, vibrations etc etc. You simply wire the alternator output to the middle terminal on ther diode block and each 24v battery bank connect, via a fuse, to the outer two terminals on the diode...thats it.
I'm guessing, like me, you bought a 60 because they are durable and simple to work on. I've tried to carry that philosophy on with any mods i make.
Some will say that diode blocks give you a large voltage drop, i've measured it on mine and each battery bank is receiving 0.6v less than the alternator is kicking out, on a 24v system this hardly seems like the end of the world and certainly hasn't caused me any problems.
But, as i said, everyone has their prefered way. What ever you do, i would stick with a 24v aux bank though. It keeps it simple and you could jump start yourself if need be.
All the best
There are many ways of doing this. As cost rises, so does benefit.
The ideal system is a battery charger like a Sterling BB2450, if you want to charge 24V off a 24V system. The cable to the charger comes directly off the + pole of of the "high" battery in the engine compartment, or the alternator stud. It is programmed to stay OFF unless the voltage rises to 27.2V, which is not possible unless the engine is running and alternator working correctly. There is a 2 min delay to apply some unimpeded charge to the starting batteries.
The charger "soups up" the voltage a bit, like to 14.0-14.5V depending on what type of "leisure battery" you have (conventional Pb-acid, AGM, etc.). That allows faster charging. When the engine goes off, the charger shuts down.
The system comes with temperature sensors for the alternator and leisure batteries, for protection.
I think the 2424 does a maximum of 25A; my two 1212s each do ~45A; I have 4 X 4D AGM batteries, totalling 840 A-hr.
Most other systems are basically "dumb" or "smart" relays, but none bump up the voltage to allow faster recovery of the leisure batteries to my knowledge.
As far as what to do in the boonies if the system fails: just hook the charging cables from alt-charger and charger-leisure battery together with a bolt after engine starts, disconnect and carefully insulate from grounding when stopped. There's usually a fix when complicated stuff breaks down, which is unlikely to begin with.
I've just got back from a year in my HJ60 with the setup mentioned above and pictured here (12v version) Diode Split Charge | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
It performed almost perfectly and i'd definitely do it the same way again.
The only issue we had was when the fuse block between the diode and the aux batteries corroded and one of it's terminals became detached.
Very easy to diagnose and fix.
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