Van battery duration

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  1. SR Cleaning

    SR Cleaning Newcomer
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    Hi just got my reach and wash fitted and I'm just wondering how long I will get out of my van battery or is there nothing to worry about.I travel about 3/5 minutes every day to work so I'm not doing many miles to charge the battery it's a 12 plate berlingo if this matters aswell.

    Thanks in advance Shane
     
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    ionic systems install?
     
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    Is there a split relay fitted? You will need to charge the battery even if you have one. I put mine on charge probably twice a week even though it gets charged while I drive around.
     
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    Whoops.....didn't realise you were supposed to do that.

    I have got split relay and never taken it out to charge seperately. Looks like I have been quite lucky as it hasn't run out on a job yet. Does yours ever run out Tuffers?
     
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    Why would there be a split relay fitted if it's connected directly to the van battery Tuffers ?

    That what I was getting at as the only company I know of uses the van battery to power a wfp pump is ionics which is crazy:confused:
     
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    Mine doesn't go flat because I charge it up regularly :whistle:

    My battery stays in the van and I take the charger to the battery.

    Top Tuffers tip; when disconnecting a battery, take the negative (black) off first then the positive (red). When connecting a battery, connect the positive first and then the negative. :thumbsup:
     
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    Does OP mention a split relay being fitted? No. That's why I asked the question.
     
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    Just to clarify you should have a separate leisure battery fitted to power a wfp pump and not run the wfp pump straight off the van battery.

    The idea of an intelligent split relay is to be able to also charge the leisure battery from the van alternator when driving about. If you don’t do much mileage in a day the leisure battery will eventually go flat. Likewise having a feed directly from the van battery to a wfp pump will also flatten that battery too.
     
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    ur battery wont lst the lenght of time it takes u to piss

    u wil go back to the van and it will be dead



    top tip from moi..... join the AA
     
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    #10 spruce, Jun 9, 2015
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    ............ but how many times will the AA come out to jump start his van?:(

    We found that with limited mileage traveled on 2 vans using a van battery to power a single pump with controller gave us 4 days work before the van battery wouldn't start the van.

    Webasto make diesel/petrol block heaters especially used in cold countries in winter. Power this unit up 30 minutes before starting off and you will have a warm engine and car interior with deiced windows ready for the start of your journey.

    Webasto advise that if you run this for 30 minutes, then you need to travel for at least 30 minutes to replace the current back to the battery the unit and cabin heater fan has drawn during the warming up phase.

    The same principle applies if you are using your van battery to power your pump. If you do limited mileage then a leisure battery is the best route (our experience) with regular auxiliary charging.
     
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