24V DC to 12VDC

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by maverick_aust, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. maverick_aust

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    Oct 22, 2008
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    Hi guys, I've just mistakenly bought a 12V DC-AC inverter to use in my dad truck which has 2 batteries to make up 24V. if I connect the inverter to 1 of the battery then will it effect the life of that battery? if it will then is there anyother way to connect?
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    Jul 17, 2007
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    What, Dad has a retired military vehicle?

    Cool beans :)

    Well, yes - the inverter you bought will tend to suck the juice out of the "lower" battery.

    If he keeps it topped up, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. If he lets the battery drop below sulfation levels, he'll have problems.

    What does he have?
     
  3. mindmapper

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    Aug 17, 2008
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    Its not a good idea. The battery with the extra discharge will have a shorter life. Swopping possition of the batteries often, will improve the situation. Or charge it often using a 12V charger.
     
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