How To Connect Multiple Deep Cycle Batteries

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By G.K. Bayne

By connecting multiple deep cycle batteries, you can increase either the storage capacity or the voltage of any battery system. The most common connection is a parallel termination, in which the power is increased, but the voltage remains the same as each individual battery. In other words, a bank of parallel-connected 12-volt batteries will still...

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Lay the batteries next to each other, so that the long sides of the batteries are 1 or 2 inches apart. (Maintain this space between the plastic cases--the batteries will swell slightly during certain times of the year.)

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Attach the battery post connectors to each top post on the deep cycle batteries. Use the 1/2-inch end wrench to tighten the clamp's bolt. Do not over tighten the bolt, but make it tight enough so the clamp cannot move on the battery post.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Make a parallel connection of the deep cycle batteries by connecting all the positive terminals together. Begin at one battery. Insert one cable into the top post connector's cable clamp. Tighten the cable clamp with the 7/16-inch end wrench. Run the cable to the next battery's positive terminal. Make the same connection at this battery, and so on, until all the positive terminals are connected together.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Repeat Step 3 for the batteries' negative terminals. The total voltage will remain the same as each battery's individual voltage: 12 volts. The storage capacity, however, will be multiplied by the number of connected batteries. In this example, a bank of four parallel-connected 500 amp-hour batteries equals 2000 amp-hours.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Make a series connection using the same batteries. Assume that all of the battery connectors are already attached to the top posts, but no cables are connecting the batteries.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Run a cable from the positive terminal on one battery to the negative terminal on the battery next to it.

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Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Tighten the cables in the battery connector. Perform the same connection from that last battery's positive connector to the next battery's negative connection. Keep making this cable connection until all of the batteries are connected together from the positive post to the next negative post. In this type of connection, the voltage of the four batteries will total 48 volts. The overall storage charge is equal to each individual battery's capacity, or 500 amp-hours.

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