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Old 15-05-2011
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Mystery Box

Recently I purchased a '91 Econobong Diesel for rides, camping, school runs etc.
I am thinking about a dual battery system to run heaps of crap off like a flat screen, laptop, electric heater, playstation and all the other associated junk that should really be left at home when camping.
First step was a good cranking battery with plenty of reserve. Picked up a SuperCharge Gold 760cca for 170 bucks which i had to shoe horn into place.
That's as far as I have got.

However the van came fitted with a mystery box that is installed in the rear step behind the sliding side door.
What I know so far about this box is that is has an anderson plug for a jumper lead that is constantly live. It has a 10 amp fuse in the little cover with the thumb screw. The red key fits in the keyhole and turns it
The two cylindrical plugs on the left are not live but the fuse is blown so I am unsure as to the function of these.
Has anyone had any experience with this sort of thing or know what the hell it is or what is does?

Somebody suggested it had a fridge installed once upon a time.

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was the van an old racv type thing an this box could be for there jump leads to plug in????
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Follow the 12v wire back to the main battery, if there has been a dual battery system in place previously you should find a dual batt controller reasonably close to the main battery. If not you'll need to fit one, otherwise you will drain the main battery quickly. (This will control charging to the 2nd batt )

If your looking at running all the gear stated, you'll want a battery at about 150 to 200amp.
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Ha ha no I don't really want to run all that crap but maybe one day. Do you mean 150 to 200 AH Nico?

I'm gonna rip the cover off it and have a look. But am pretty sure there is no dual battery controller in line.
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I've seen those installed in Telstra vans. They are just an additional power source direct fed from the battery for charging tools etc.
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Those two on the left look like "Merit" type plugs.
http://www.narva.com.au/products/bro...-plugs-sockets
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yep, put in a deep cycle batttery on an auto controller.
i have the mazda and have a 140ah deep cycle to run stuff.
most importantly - the fridge but also to run the stez and other entertainment electronica all night long.
it was my home for a year travelling. awesome.
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I installed one today. Very simple. i used the sidewinder kit.

How long it take to make the 140ah unusable with your fridge and gadgets all connected?
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The red plastic key is the main isolator for the primary reactor, and the round recepticles on the left are where you insert the fuel rods, don't touch the fuse unless you wrap your head with tin foil first, or your nose will explode.
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it will vary with the fridge and the power rates of the other things but for instance, when the battery was new, with the fridge alone & warm days but not stinking hot, could prob get a long weekend out of it.

having had the thing for years now and having run the battery down to dead a few times (baad for the battery), i wont get that now.
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