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Question Dual Battery Set-Up

I am considering setting up a secondary battery on my R1200 GSA via an isolator. Has anyone done this before? I am wanting to run some accessories off this secondary battery (eg Phone, Heated clothing,Ipod, LED lights) and avoiding draining my Start up battery. The Police BMWs have such a set up, and as much as I'd like to find out more, my local BMW dealership ain't no help.Seems like any variation to 'factory standard' is an impossibility.
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Surely a high output generator would be a far simpler and easier solution...

Or just throw the Touratech catalogue away
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The reason the police bikes have two batteries is that they shut the bike off and have their lights flashing and use the radios for long periods of time. Then they can start the bike and leave.
I have only seen the BMW RT's with two batteries.

Do you want to use your phone, heated gear, lights while the bike is off ?
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check out with motor caravan places, they use exactly this system. that way if you run down the non bike battery you still able to start and go.
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Also check out Maplins
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Yeah I am a sucker for accessories...good point. Sometimes best to keep it simple.I will say though, I had and still have a GPS wired to the accessory socket under the tank and a Starcom communications system with Starcom Camera hooked up direcly to the battery. The direct link to the battery resulted in a leak of Amperage at 1 amp every 5 hours (so I'm told by my mechanic). The spin-off of this was my bike was stalling randomly as the low start-up power was scrambling the ECU. Yes we had gone through the motions of checking all sensors, throttle body,alternator and so forth and it came back to the 'Battery' and the bloomin' accessories, hence my toying around with, 'how can I avoid this happening again', especially now as I have this gadget thing going on.
I use my bike as a daily commute and although the generator is ample, my daily to and fro work kms is neglible.And that also compunds the problem with 'charge'. I don't have a problem on the long getaways.
The secondary battery I am considering is an Odyssey pc535...it's a deep cycle batt and can be run flat, apparently.
So were you eluding that a bigger generator is available for the GS?
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Cheers..that's the line of thought I'm running with...My experience is, these bikes play up and are easily overloaded with accessories.
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What you want isn't really different than what many have on their bikes...

Why not get an optimate plug for your battery and give it an overnight charge every week if you feel you're draining it a short commute and lots of accessories. Its the same issue sports bikes have with their small batteries and alarms etc.

If you want to get away and do some long days and fear that you're accessories are too much for your generator, then by far the easiest and more relevant (and cheaper) option would be a higher output generator.

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Standard set-up on the VW minibusses. My Type 4 have it set-up incorrectly though... the power to the rear-lift (http://www.u-lift.se/en/) it taken from the starting battery and not from the auxilliary battery... before I knew this... jumper-cables were used a lot

There are a few options how to set-up dual batteries.
- an electronic relay that opens the circuit once the ignition is turen-on (like on the vw)
- a switch that you operate manually (belive it to be common on small boats)
- fully in parrallell (standard on older VW campers)
- not connected, simply carried along.

My recommendation is:
Batteriväljare, 1-2-1+2 - Biltema
Page 4 - in English:
http://www.biltema.se/Documents/manu.../25877_man.pdf
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Voltage sensetive relay

A VSR is the a good method of isolating and charging 2 batts. It senses when the engine start battery reaches a certain voltage and then parallels it with the other battery. If the voltage drops it seperates the batteries and only charges the start battery.
A battery isolater diode set up is not so good as you suffer a voltage drop accross it which is inefficient.
Durite make an economical VSR
0-727-33 12V Durite voltage sensitive relay for charge splitting - TheToolBoxShop.com
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I'd start by calculating the actual power usage. My K100 actually makes enough power to run two heated jackets, a pair of fog lights, a rear fog, GPS and charge my phone. Only at temperatures below freezing goes the expected system capacity drop below what I can actually use. I'd wonder what you might be running on a solo bike that would actually used the power?

As I've got the space and they are cheaper, I run a car battery in the chair. I also have a caravan smart relay that I can link to a second leisure battery. This facility is there so I could run a fridge if I really wanted to and in cold places have a second battery I can take off/keep in my sleeping bag/jump the bike off. The whole lot came from a caravan accessory website.

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Have you thought about how much extra weight you're adding? And the extra load on your alternator when it has to charge two batteries?

Why not fit a battery saver between the battery and the accessories - It will cut them off once the voltage gets to a pre-set point, preventing any further discharge...
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I've ask among my contacts and they recommend:
Relé / Isolator

The Ladac (Ladix) system is said to be better since will not open the circuit to the second battery before the starterbattery is fully charged.

I've thought about this for ages, i.e. since The Crystal Rally 1994. I would have needed two batteries at that time. Looking into the options back then I could not find any workable solution. On the R80 1984 I could have installed one 30Ah or two 14Ah, since the Bosch startermotor kind of requires a minimum of 19A at summer and 24Ah at around freezing, I crept to the cross... and accepted that a solo-bike have not enough space for a second large battery. The 28Ah were ok when temps stayed above -15'C but even at so moderate temps as -20'C they simply were not powerfull enough. At www.sga-ab.se they recommended that I should test Banner 53030, 30Ah, - these 2Ah tipped the scale in my favour.

Since 1995 I'm running a Valeo-starter motor. With this startermotor I think a 14Ah would do nicely however .
I stay with the Banner 30Ah, but I have an Odyssey PC-625 for my summerbike, and this battery have so far proven to be far superior to the Banner, Yuasa and BWM batteries that I have had during >30 years of driving bikes and cars.

Point:
- space is a limiting factor on a bike
- if one uses electrical equippment like car-radio with amplifier, lights, etc it it far better to have two smaller batteries than one large; ensuring that the starterbattery will not be depleated "by accident".
- best option is to have a battery switch that is fully electronic, that primarilly fills/charges the starterbattery, even though a simple 40A relay will also work ok (my buss have had this set-up from factory in 1995).

How far have your plans developed Brama?
Which batteries have you considered / can be installed?
Installation solutions? Pannier, pillion seat, top-box, ???
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Thanks for the feedback...I will pursue it further and post my progress
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what about the safety aspect . . .

I like the idea of a dual battery setup not (in my case) for the additional grunt it gives you for running accessories - basically everything you run should < alternator output anyway! - but simply from a spare battery standpoint. Two batteries, with an isolating switch (either manual or automatic) between them gives you spare battery should one fail and a spare battery should you have left something on and drained the battery.

My thoughts would be to fit to 2, much smaller, lighter LiFe (Shorai style) batteries with a switch between them. The smaller size and weight should make up for the fact that there are 2 of them. Ideal if you can find 2 batteries that are the same size as the single original battery and fit both of them into the original spot.
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