Monday, April 14th, 2008 | Author:

I’ve heard one way to help balance a series/parallel bank is to connect the leads to interior batteries but I’ve also been told that it’s best to connect the leads to the outer, opposite cornered batteries. Yeah, two completely conflicting arguments that I would rather stay out of by simply using buss bars. In case you haven’t noticed by now, equality is the name of the battery game. So we tend to keep all battery cables and the positive and negative leads equal in length. Obviously it will take more cable to properly perform the buss method but the cost of bars and a few extra feet of cable is more than justified. The buss method looks neater, makes troubleshooting easier, allows us to place batteries in a wider variety of configurations for easier access and/or for location specific restrictions and as I’ve generically demonstrated, distributes charge/discharge impact over more batteries. Batteries and buss bars can be great friends.

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