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Generally these are parallel to provide 12V but with greater current. They are recharged from the engine alternator (output about 14.4v)
Posted on Aug 23, 2019
SOURCE: 24 volt charging problems .2
A 12 volt battery is actually 13.2 volts fully charged. If you are reading 16 volts, you are probably getting extranious voltage from the system somewhere, especially if the vehicle is running when you check the voltage. The alternator will put out about 15-18 volts to charge the battery normally, and yours may put out 28-32 volts to charge them in series, but the batteries, when disconnected, should never read more than about 13.2 volts each. Typically, it will read about 12 1/2 volts when disconnected. COMPLETELY DISCONNECT BOTH OF THE BATTERIES. If you still read 16 volts when it is disconnected, you must have a bad meter because the battery can't produce that much voltage, no matter what. (Six 2.2 volt cells connected in series inside the case.) Put the meter on a known good battery on another car that is not running and see if you get the same reading. It sounds like the other battery is almost dead, regardless, and it sounds like your series/parallel switch may be malfunctioning. (That is the switch that puts the battery in series to run the 24 volt starter, then puts the batteries in parallel to run the remainder of the vehicle on 12 volts. This is all assuming that you have a diesel vehicle with a 24 volt starter and that is why you have two batteries.
Posted on Aug 19, 2008
pos to pos and neg to neg for 12 volt but if your system is 24 volt thats a different story it will be pos to neg.and pos to neg
Posted on Nov 02, 2009
What you were trying for was parallel hookup to get more amps to turn over the engine. Cars are set for 12 volts only. 24 volts has damaged most everything.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
SOURCE: I have a 1986 military
There are two basic ways to wire multiple batteries together, in "Parallel" or in "Series".
Wiring two batteries which have the same output voltage in "Parallel", the output voltage of the combination stays the same but the amp/hour capacity of the combination is equal to the sum of their individual amp/hour capacities.
Wiring: Battery 1 Positive to Battery 2 Positive and Battery 1 Negative to Battery 2 Negative is Parallel wiring, retaining the voltage rating of either one of the batteries.
It is not a good idea to wire two batteries which have different voltage ratings in parallel because the one with the higher voltage will immediately send current to the other one with the lower voltage to try to make their voltages both the same. The very high current which will flow between the two batteries is likely to make the batteries get very hot. IF THEY ARE CAR BATTERIES THEY COULD EXPLODE!
Wiring two batteries which have the same output voltage in "Series" makes their combined output voltage equal to the sum of their individual voltages but the amp/hour capacity of the combination will be no greater than the amp/hour capacity of the smallest battery of the two.
Wiring: Bat 1 Positive to Load, and Bat 1 Negative to Bat 2 Positive, then Bat 2 Negative to the other side of the Load is Series wiring and the total voltage of the combined batteries is the sum of both individual voltage ratings.
So, assuming you want to get 24 volts out of two similar batteries, you could wire two 12 volt batteries in series.
NEVER OPERATE A 12 VOLT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM as in CARS or most BOATS with 24 VOLTS. YOU WILL BURN UP YOUR COMPONENTS AND SOME WIRING.
Posted on Jun 28, 2011
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