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Frequently asked questions about Marine Electrical Systems
  Frequently asked questions, Advice, How to and Miscellaneous........  
  Batteries and charging

How do I charge two battery banks and still keep them separate?   
Should I hook up batteries in Parallel or keep them in separate banks? 
How big a battery bank do I need?
Does anyone out there know where I can find a 'complete' listing of battery dimensions? 
Car and deep cycle battery FAQ by Bill Darden.  (Awesome compilation - everything you ever wanted to know)
My batteries are getting hot, what should I do?
Where and why do I need a battery switch? 
What does the alternator field disconnect switch on a battery switch do?
Monitoring battery state of charge.
Why is my Amp Hour Meter giving strange readings after its winter break?
What is ignition protection all about? 
What is circuit protection all about?
  Circuit Protection
What is circuit protection all about? 
When should I use a fuse and when should I use a circuit breaker? 
What does Interrupt Capacity Mean? 
Circuit breakers vs Fuses, which is best? 
What does interrupt rating mean?
A summary of the ABYC standards on Overcurrent Protection
What standards apply to Boat Wiring Installations
Uses for terminal strips
Choosing the right PowerPost for the job
A quick summary of the ABYC standards for installation and wiring
  Generators and inverters
How to compare the merits of generators versus inverters.  
How do I tell which type of alternator mounting I have?
How do install a high powered marine alternator on my boat?
Installing a Balmar alternator on a Yanmar 3JH3E
How to test an alternator
  Shore Power
Shore power connections
Inspecting your shore power cord
What is a galvanic isolator and why should my shore power system have one?  
What happens when I take my 120 volt US boat to Europe and want to plug in to 240 volts?
Blue Sea Systems Technical Brief - AC Reverse Polarity 
Blue Sea Systems Technical Brief - AC Reverse Polarity False Indicators 
Blue Sea Systems Technical Brief - Current Flow in 120/240 Volt AC Systems  

Blue Sea Systems Technical Brief - Differences in US and European AC Panels   
A simple AC Circuit Tester

A non contact AC Voltage Detector could save your life some day
What is AIS?

USCG standards for electrical systems on Recreational Boats















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